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Borgåkers’ PONs’ Mental Test Results


Mental Test is an interesting way to examine your dog's mind and character in a situation where it's nervous system is heavily stressed. It may relieve some things you did not know about your dog. The Mental Test results give you valuable information on your dog's character, its suitability to training and use as a working dog. Of course you can also use this information in breeding dogs as well.
Mental test is always judged by two judges who have a special training for this job.
Dogs that are tested must be over 2 years and under 7 years old. Usually the older they are, the more confident they are and the better the result. But the younger they are when tested the more honest is the result in how it describes the inherited character more than the trained habits of the dog.
In a mental test, 9 different charasteristics/features of a dog are evaluated. Each feature is rated from -3 ... +3.
Each feature also has a
ratio varying from 1 to 35.
For example, "Capability to function
, ratio 15" means that if your dog gets +2 for this feature, he gets 15 x 2 = 30 pts from this feature. If your dog gets -2 for "Capability to function", then he gets 15 x -2 = -35 points.
In the end, all the points are calculated together, negative points decreased, to get the final result:
Final result min -300 pts, max +300 pts. It doesn't mean that the more points, the better dog you have, as each breed has different kinds of preferred features of character.
For a qualified result, the total points have to be at least +75 pts, and the value for Tendency to aggressive behaviour, Nerve structure and Accessibility at least +1, and a + for gun shots. In case of a disqualified result the dog may re-try the Mentan Test within 6 months. Otherwise you only can it once for each dog.

Altogether 12 PONs in Finland have done the Mental Test.
4 of them are bred or owned by kennel Borgåkers, 3 by kennel Marquee. Other kennels have one or none mental tested PONs! I have to wonder why?
Here are the test results of Borgåkers' PONs. In parenthesis after my dogs results is the average result for tested PONs, as well as the lowest and weakest grade given to a PON.

1. Capability to function, ratio 15
Like "
courage" in people; the dog's capability to react correctly and without fear and not to interrupt its action. The psychological threat is going into a dark room alone to search the owner, physical threats are different kinds of "spookies" suddenly appearing in front of the dog, and a noisy barrel falling down to the ground right behind the dog.
+3 very big
+2 big
+1 moderate
-1 small
-2 insufficient
-3 uncapable to function
Our dogs:
-1 small (Borgåkers Lady Legenda)
+1 moderate (Borgåkers Lord Londyn)
+1 moderate (Flinkbein Faworyt)
- 1 small (Oktet ze Spiewogry)
(averige for tested PONs: +0.08; lowest -1, highest +2)

2. Tendency to aggressive behaviour ("sharpness"), ratio 1
T
he dog's tendency to react aggressively when irritated. Ability to defend himself against a threatening person, and ability readjust to the situation when the attacker begins acting friendly. Negative grade will disqualify the final result. The dog is chained to a wall with a 60 cm chain without possibility to escape and the owner goes out of sight. The dog is approached and threatened and attacked by person with a stick, who in the end suddenly stops the attack and starts behaving friendly - if the dog remains aggressive at this point he gets a negative grade and cannot get a qualified result from the test.
+3 moderate without remaining will to attack
+2 big without remaining will to attack
+1 small without remaining will to attack
-1 small with remaining will to attack
-2 moderate with remaining will to attack
-3 big with remaining will to attack
Our dogs:
+1 small without remaining will to attack (Borgåkers Lady Legenda)
+3 moderate without remaining will to attack (Borgåkers Lord Londyn)
+3 moderate without remaining will to attack (Flinkbein Faworyt)
+3 moderate without remaining will to attack (Oktet ze Spiewogry)
(averige for tested PONs: +2.16; lowest +1, highest +3)

3. Desire for defence action, ratio 1
The dog's tendency to defend his owner and himself. Tendency and willingness for this feature are evaluated; not the actual skills to defend. Dog + owner are threatened by an attacker who then suddenly stops the attack and acts friendly. The owner hands the dog over to the attacker who starts walking the dog away, then releasing the dog to be called in by the owner.
+3 moderate, controlled
+2 big, controlled
+1 small
-1 unwilling
-2 very big
-3 uncontrolled
Our dogs:
+3 moderate, controlled (Borgåkers Lady Legenda)
+1 small (Borgåkers Lord Londyn)
+1 small (Flinkbein Faworyt)
+1 small (Oktet ze Spiewogry)

(averige for tested PONs: +1.17; lowest -1, highest +3)

4. Desire to fight, ratio 10
The dog's tendency to enjoy using muscles and fighting/playing without aggression, playing with the judge.
+3 big
+2 moderate
+1 very big
-1 small
-2 insufficient
-3 unwilling
Our dogs:
+ 2 moderate (Borgåkers Lady Legenda)
-1 small (Borgåkers Lord Londyn)
+2 moderate (Flinkbein Faworyt)
+2 moderate (Oktet ze Spiewogry)
(averige for tested PONs: +1.17; lowest -1, highest +3)

5. Nerves (nerve structure), ratio 35
This means calmness or nervousness or restlessness in a stressing situation. This feature is evaluated
based on the whole test. A negative grade will unqualify the final result. The average for PONs in Finland has been +1)
+3 peaceful and confident
+2 moderately peaceful
+1 a little restless
-1 a little nervous
-2 nervous
-3 very nervous
Our dogs:
+1 a little restless (Borgåkers Lady Legenda)
+1 a little restless (Borgåkers Lord Londyn)
+1 a little restless (Flinkbein Faworyt)
+1 a little restless (Oktet ze Spiewogry)
(averige for tested PONs: +1.25; lowest +1, highest +2)

6. Temperament, ratio 15
"Livelyness", the ability to quickly react and adjust to changing situations; a too vivid dog has difficulties in concentrating.
+3 lively
+2 moderately lively
+1 very lively
-1 disturbingly lively
-2 neglecting
-3 apathetic
Our dogs:
+2 moderately lively (Borgåkers Lady Legenda)
+3 lively (Borgåkers Lord Londyn)
+3 lively (Flinkbein Faworyt)
+1 very lively (Oktet ze Spiewogry)
(averige for tested PONs: +2.08; lowest +1, highest +3)

7. Mental hardness, ratio 8
H
ow quickly the dog will forget unpleasant experiences caused by people (attackers) and things (spooky sled, barrel falling down etc),  how strongly they will affect dog's functions, how willing or unwilling he is to face them again.
+3 moderately hard
+2 hard
+1 a little soft
-1 very hard
-2 soft
-3 very soft
Our dogs:
+1 a little soft (Borgåkers Lady Legenda)
+3 moderately hard (Borgåkers Lord Londyn)
-2 soft (Flinkbein Faworyt)
+1 a little soft (Oktet ze Spiewogry)
(averige for tested PONs: +0.58; lowest -2, highest +3)

8. Accessibility, ratio 15
How the dog will react to friendly strange people. Negative grade will disqualify the final result.
+3 goodwilling, accessible, open
+2 accessible, a little reserved
+1 eager to please
-1 clearly reserved
-2 attacking
-3 unreliable/unpredictive
Our dogs:
+3 goodwilling, accessible, open (Borgåkers Lady Legenda)
+3 goodwilling, accessible, open (Borgåkers Lord Londyn)
+2 accessible, a little reserved (Flinkbein Faworyt)
+3 goodwilling, approachable, open (Oktet ze Spiewogry)
(averige for tested PONs: +2.75; lowest +2, highest +3)

Gunshot sensitivity
Two or more shots with a 9 mm gun. Only + or -, no numerical value. Negative grade will disqualify the final result.
+ confident, non-sensitive
+ inexperienced, non-sensitive
+ irritated
- prone to react, sensitive
- afraid, sensitive
Our dogs:
+ gunshot confident (Borgåkers Lady Legenda)
+ gunshot confident (Borgåkers Lord Londyn)
+ gunshot confident (Flinkbein Faworyt)
+ gunshot confident (Oktet ze Spiewogry)
(all tested PONs: +)


Total

For a qualified result, the total points have to be at least +75 pts, and the values for 'Tendency to aggressive behavour', 'Nerves' and 'Accessibility' at least +1, and a + for gun shots.

Borgåkers Lady Legenda +127 points, qualified
tested in the age of almost 3 years

Borgåkers Lord Londyn +158 points, qualified
tested in the age of almost 5 years

Flinkbein Faworyt +133 points, qualified
tested in the age of 5 years

Oktet ze Spiewogry +112 points, qualified
tested in the age 2 years and 2 months

(averige final result for tested PONs:
+137 pts; lowest +86pts, highest +233 pts)



Above left: Accessibility: Flinkbein Faworyt did not let touch herself without the support of owner. Above middle: Testing Flinkbein Faworyt's desire to fight. Above right: Testing Oktet ze Spiewogry's desire to fight. He did not let go even when he was lifted up in the air or his eyes were covered. He growled and waived his tail.


Above left: Capability to function - Flinkbein Faworyt. She was horrified by the approaching spooky sled and barked and alarmed viciously. Above right: Capability to function - Borgåkers Lord Londyn. He just stood there calmly and watched the sled approach.


Above left: Flinkbein Faworyt still barking loudly at the spooky sled. But she did get over it in the end. Above middle: Borgåkers Lord Londyn didn't much care about the spooky sled. Above right: Oktet ze Spiewogry thought the spooky sled was something really horrifying. He did not want to go closer. In the end he, too, did go and smell the terrible thing.


Above: Desire to defence action - Flinkbein Faworyt. She barked and alarmed loudly as soon as the attacker appeared before us.


Above left: Desire to defence action - Borgåkers Lord Londyn. He just stood still and stared at the attacker: "Are you serious? Do you think I'm bying that?" Above right: Desire to defence action - Oktet ze Spiewogry. The closer the attacker came, the more he waived his tail! Everybody around us were laughing... He thought it was wonderful that the judge wanted to come and play with him. And when the attacker started talking to him in a friendly way he simply fell on his back at her feet... this dog really loves people and only thinks the best of them all!


Above left: Mental hardness - Flinkbein Faworyt. She was really frightened by things during the test, but "saved herself" by heeling me all the time and watching me in eye all the time, believing in me and that with me she can take it and that I will never let anything bad happen to her. Above right: The overall was lifted quickly up right in front of Borgåkers Lord Londyn - you can see how he was scared! But the next time around he acted as if nothing had happened here.


Above: Tendency to aggressive behaviour - Flinkbein Faworyt was chained to the wall and I went out of sight. The judge started to approach her, hitting the wall and the ground with a stick and backing away at times and then coming closer again. Flinkbein Faworyt barked alarmingly the whole time. When the judge put the stick away and approached with friendly intensions she backed away as far as she could, turned her head away and let the judge touch her in the head with no aggression. She got +3 moderate without remaining will to attack.


Above: Tendency to aggressive behaviour - Borgåkers Lord Londyn. He lied down and calmly watched the attacker do her thing and come closer. Didn't much move him... When the attacker was about 1 metre away from him he sat up and showed his teeth a little and barked once. Right away the attacker started acting in a friendly way and he was okay with it all. He got +3 moderate without remaining will to attack.



The final statement of Flinkbein Faworyt
said among other things that she has enormous trust in me and with me she can face whatever, this idea is her salvation. "This dog would walk into fire with you", the judges said and I got tears in my eyes.

The final statement of Borgåkers Lord Londyn
said among other things that he clearly has seen many things and people behaving weirdly and it doesn't much move him.

The final statement of Borgåkers Lady Legenda said among other things that she has a big desire for defence action (only 2 PONs out of 12 have got +3 in this, 9 have +1 and one has -1). They said Lady Legenda was very close to getting +2 for Nerves.

The final statement of Oktet the Spiewogry
said among other things that he has enormous interest and trust towards people, he clearly has never been mishandled by any person and so he can only think that no-one could ever hurt him.
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