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Registration date : 2009-05-11

PostSubject: ATTS Test coming to MN - Hosted by ARottaLove Plus   Mon May 11, 2009 5:29 pm

Hi everyone,

I'm helping ARLP plan and host an ATTS test this summer and we're really in full gear trying to drum up as many registrations as we can as well as trying to get our volunteer list ironed out. If you can/want to join the ARLP forums there is a wealth of information there. If not, please let me know and I can get it for you!!
e-mail me directly at: mishtress at gmail dot com

I was just at an ATTS test this past weekend in IL and can happily answer anyone's questions in regards to the test itself. To be honest, it's almost like you have to TRY to fail the test! :-) The dogs all did spectacularly. I'll have video of the walk-through AND a few actual tests posted to youtube this evening.

Online registration is now available please go to: http://www.arottalove.org/atts.htm

Also, even if you don't have a dog / don't want to test but still want to volunteer your time... here's a list of what we're looking for. Please consider helping, we'll need as many people as we can get!

Each position will need an A.M. and P.M. volunteer. You're FREE to help with as many or as few shifts as you'd like. Also, if you're willing to be flexible as far as duties, please tell me that also!
We'll be providing / coordinating some kind of lunch for volunteers to mingle and relax a bit. More details to come on that part.

And without further ado... here are the ATTS Job Descriptions:
Numbers in ()'s are how many total we need for EACH SHIFT.
Test dates are Saturday June 6th and Sunday June 7th.
AM shift is 8am-12 noon, PM shift is 1pm - 5pm.

Test Station Volunteers:

(2) Neutral Stranger:Person approaches dog and handler team in a neutral non-threatening manner. No dog interaction at all.

(2) Friendly Stranger: Person approaches dog and handler team in a friendly enthusiastic manner. Friendly petting/coaxing of dog required. Zero interaction with person necessary.

(2) Hidden Noise: Person stays hidden behind a blind and shakes a bucket full of rocks or similar material. Once team is within specified distance, person comes out from behind blind while still making noise, sets bucket on ground and disappears behind blind. No dog interaction required.

(2) Gunshot: Person hides behind a blind and shoots a starter pistol. Will be provided with ear protection for noise. No dog interaction required.

(2) Umbrella: Person sits in a chair with black self-opening umbrella. As dog/handler team approaches, opens umbrella and sits it on ground. No dog interaction required.

(2) Weird/Aggressive Stranger: Person wears trench coat, large brimmed floppy hat and hidden protection sleeve. Will approach dog/handler team while stumbling and making unintelligible noises (no actual words) at first, then while waving a riding crop around overhead, lastly person turns aggressive and beats stick on ground while approaching team. No dog interaction required but will need to be comfortable being vocal and acting 'weird'. Please note, dog WILL be restrained and a minimum of 18 feet from you. Some dogs may be restrained by both their handler and as an extra precaution, a long line held by a 2nd volunteer.


(2) Registration Table: Assist registrants with filling out forms, verification that all data is entered and correct, point participants to facilities for their use, etc... Will work closely with Secretary (Rachel) and Tester Assistant.

(1) Tester Assistant: Assists testers by running any errands necessary. Also will direct dog/handler teams to start point for course and be responsible for running test forms back and forth from registration to testers.

(1) Runner for Secretary / Tester / ATTS team: Person with available vehicle to run errands as needed/directed throughout the day.

(4) Substitute Station Workers: See descriptions above. Substitute for any given station as necessary while primary workers take breaks.

A little bit about the ATTS test:

The ATTS test focuses on and measures different aspects of temperament such as stability, shyness, aggressiveness, and friendliness as well as the dog's instinct for protectiveness towards its handler and/or self-preservation in the face of a threat. The test is designed for the betterment of all breeds of dogs and takes into consideration each breed's inherent tendencies.

The test simulates a casual walk through the park or neighborhood where everyday life situations are encountered. During this walk, the dog experiences visual, auditory and tactile stimuli. Neutral, friendly and threatening situations are encountered, calling into play the dog's ability to distinguish between non-threatening situations and those calling for watchful and protective reactions.

If you’re interested in learning more about the ATTS and Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) please check out the following links:

ATTS: http://atts.org/index.html
BSL: http://www.arottalove.org/bsl.htm
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