Is one of the most versatile instruments,
capable of acquiring a variety of measurements. CERTS are easy to
use and are a necessity when testing High Energy Focus (HEF), Play
Drive and Hunt Drive in canines. CERTS have multiple functionalities
and are combined in one package. Hand-held they are sufficient for
simple measurements but for increased speed, accuracy, and
functionality more robust tools should be used. This document
describes the common use and measurements that can be made with this
Simple Evaluation Tests
1. Throw a ball or toy 10
times. The dog should chase and grab the
ball each time. He does not
have to bring the ball back. All we ask is
that he goes and gets it and
hangs on to it.
2. Next, hold on to the dog,
throw the ball and wait 15 - 30
seconds before letting the
dog go. He should go after the ball and hunt
until he finds it.
3. Finally, hold the dog,
throw the ball, wait 15 - 30 seconds.
Ideally, the ball should not
be visible. Throwing
the ball into tall grass is best.
Turn the dog around in a full circle before letting him go. Again,
he should hunt for the toy until he finds it. You should see the
dogs nose going toward the ground
to pick up scent of the toy.
4. Have a friend or neighbor
meet you and the dog at a park or
empty schoolyard. Have the
friend repeat the above process. This step
is important! The dog MUST
be away from its "home" area and work for a
If your dog can pass these
simple tests, is in good health, and between
1 and 3 years of age, the
GAP Program would love to do second evaluation on