What is the Canine Sociability Test
The Federation for Canine Registration of Trinidad & Tobago Canine Sociality Test (Canine Best Friend) is a program that is designed to encourage and assist owners in training their dogs to be well behaved, sociable members of their family and the wider community. We are of the firm opinion that responsible ownership is the key to us enjoying man’s best friend, improving the quality of life of both our family and all the other people that they may interact with. This test is modelled after the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen program, we recognize that such a program has been very successful in what it set out to do and thanks to the advice and assistance of persons operating the program we are pleased to offer a program of such high quality to the entire canine fraternity of Trinidad & Tobago.
The main goal of the CST program is to evaluate the temperament of the dog/s. Dogs with stable temperament and steady nerves will generally pass this test and therefore will hardly ever initiate an unprovoked attack on humans since the test is specifically designed to evaluate such tendencies and to test the social skills of the dog/s.
Dogs may not pass the test for one or more reasons. The dog may be shy and nervous, be overly aggressive or unnecessarily aggressive to humans and other animals, may have serious separation anxieties when not with the owner/handler or may be poorly trained and unsociable. This should advise the owner/handler in terms of training, breeding and caring for his/her pet. The program is inclusive of all breeds both mixed breeds and pedigreed dogs and can be taken more than once to ensure that a sociable temperament is maintained. The test itself is non-competitive; however, it is comprised of ten (10) simple phases. The dog and handler must pass ALL ten (10) phases to acquire the title.