This one was a hard test—for me! The challenge was finding the right table. You need one that is low enough so that your dog’s head won’t fit through yet high enough so that his/her paw can get under. You can make such a table using books and a board, but in the end I settled for a coffee table with a lower ledge just a few inches off the ground. You’ll also need a dog biscuit and a stopwatch.
Once you have the table, show your dog the biscuit. Make sure your pooch is watching as you place it under the table, far enough away so that your dog must use its paws to get it. Click on the stopwatch and start timing.
If your dog uses its paws to get treat in under 60 seconds 5 points
If your dog uses its paws and gets treat in 1 to 3 minutes 4 points
If your dog uses its muzzle and doesn’t get treat or if it uses its paws but fails to get treat after 3 minutes 3 points
If your dog doesn’t use its paws and just gives one or two half-hearted tries 2 points
If your dog makes no attempt whatsoever after 3 minutes Check its pulse. Kidding! 1 point
Pablo must have been secretly training for this test. He got the treat using his paws in just under 5 seconds! What a dog!