SAB/ Explanation

SAB-Test
Test procedure in general
The owner is not allowed to talk to the dog during the test. The dog is wearing a non-choke collar, provided by the test leader immediately before the test starts and in the first 7 subtests a flexi ® extendable leash of 8 meters. This leash can not be blocked except in cases of danger for the people or the dog. When the leash must be blocked, the test is ended.
The test field should be at least 750 square meter. In this test field three areas are needed for the performance of test 1, test 6 – 7 and test 8 till 16 were the dogs can be fixed to a wall or a fence. The test area in which subtest 1 is performed is half a circle with 1 meter radius. The other two areas are half a circle with 2 meter radius. The distances between the places were the dogs are submitted to the stimuli in the subtests 1 till 6 should be at least 8 meter each.All stimuli in subtests 2-5 and 12 are activated from a distance of at least 8m, by a test helper. For safety reasons, the test helpers in these subtests can be behind a fence.
The stimulus cat is a cat in wood, painted black, with a curved back and 90 x 90 cm.
The sheet (white, 2m x 2m and attached to a horizontal stick) and cans are attached to a post of 2 meter height with a pulley. The cans fall on a metal plate from 1.2 x 1.2 m. The horn is an electrical device Verma ® type IP33, 58205268, 15 mA, 92 dB. The sound of the horn is continuous. The dolls are female, 80 cm height, long hair, colorful clothes. The artificial hand (plastic, normal size) is attached to a stick from 2 m that is covered by a sleeve. The doll in subtest 13 is also attached to a stick from 2 meter.
Two people are making video recordings from a different angle, focusing on the dog as close as possible. They can not interfere with the test procedure and must stay at least 8m away from the dogs.
Subtest 1:Friendly approach
The dog is attached to a wall or fence with a 1 meter safety line. The owner stands next to the dog and is holding the flexi leash that is attached to the collar. A test helper walks towards the dog. The test helper is holding the artificial hand and pets the dogs with this hand for 20 seconds while talking gently to the dog. The test helper should touch or try to touch the dog with the artificial hand on the head or back till the end of the subtest. After 20 seconds the test person walks away. The owner releases the dog from the safety line and walks to the cone of subtest 2.
Subtest 2: strange object: sheet
The owner walks to the cone while he is holding the flexi leash that is attached to the dog’s collar. The cone is 1.5 meter away from the white sheet, lying on the ground. As soon the owner or the dog is at the cone, it is pulled up and down for 10 seconds. After 10 seconds the sheet is left on the ground and the owner walks to and stands next to it for 10 seconds pointing at it with straight legs. Then the owner walks to the cone of subtest 3.
Subtest 3: strange object: cat
The owner walks to the cone while he is holding the flexi leash that is attached to the dog’s collar. The cone is 1.5 meter away from the screen where the stimulus is hidden. As soon as either the owner or the dog is at the cone, the stimulus (the cat on a sledge) is pulled from behind the screen. After 10 seconds the owner approaches and touches the cat. After the second 10 seconds the owner walks to the cone of subtest 4.
Subtest 4: Strange noise: a horn
The owner walks to the cone while he is holding the flexi leash that is attached to the dog’s collar. The cone is 1.5 meter away from the horn. As soon as either the owner or the dog is at the cone the noise is activated for 10 seconds. After 10 seconds the owner approaches the horn and stands next to it for 10 seconds pointing at the horn. Then the owner walks to the cone of subtest 5.
Subtest 5: Strange noise: cans
The owner walks to the cone while he is holding the flexi leash that is attached to the dog’s collar. The cone is 1.5 meter away from the screen where the stimulus is hidden . As soon as either the owner or the dog is at the cone the cans are pulled up and down for 10 seconds. The cans fall on a metal plate from 1.2 x 1.2 m. After 10 seconds the owner approaches the cans and stands next to them for 10 seconds pointing at the cans. Afterwards the owner walks to the area of subtest 6 and 7.
Subtest 6 and 7:
The dog is attached by its collar to a wall or fence with a 2 meter safety line, the owner stands next to the dog holding the flexi leash, also attached to the dogs collar. The owner stands against the wall, so the dog can not pass behind him. The test helpers start at a distance of 6 m from where the dog is attached and walk from 3 different directions towards the dog at a normal pace. They approach until they are 2,5 m away from the point of attachment, when they stop.
Subtest 6:Approach by three persons.
The dog is approached by 3 persons at a normal pace. These 3 persons will stand still when they reach the safety area and stay there for 10 seconds without staring at the dog. After 10 seconds the 3 persons take one step back, turn around and walk away
Subtest 7: Fast approach by three persons:
As subtest 6, but the 3 persons are running towards the dog.
Subtest 8-16
The dog is attached to 2 different 2 meter safety lines, starting from the same point. The owner is out of sight for the dog.
Subtest 8: the dog
A non aggressive dog of the same sex and different type approaches the test dog with a handler. The dog with the handler will stand in front of the dog for 20 seconds, 2 meters away from the test area. (so at 4 m of the point where the dog is attached). The handler of the stimulus dog makes sure that there is no provocation from the stimulus dog to the test dog.
Subtest 9: friendly approach
As subtest 1. A test helper walks towards the dog. The test helper is holding the artificial hand and pets the dogs for 20 seconds while talking to the dog. The test helper should touch or try to touch the dog with the artificial hand on the head or back till the end of the subtest. After 20 seconds the test helper walks away
Subtest 10: the bell
A test helper walks towards the dog, stands in front of him and rings the bell for 20 seconds. As soon as the dog goes away within the test area the test helper tries to stay in front of the dog without entering the test area. After 20 seconds the test helper walks away.
Subtest 11: The umbrella
A test helper walks towards the dog, stands in front of him and opens and closes the umbrella for 20 seconds. As soon as the dog goes away within the test area the test helper tries to stay in front of the dog without entering the test area. After 20 seconds the test helper walks away.
Subtest 12: the doll
A doll, standing on a sled, is pulled into the test area of the dog. The test starts as soon as the dog notices the doll or as the doll enters the test area. The doll is kept still close to the dog and will be pulled further after 10 seconds. If this is not possible the doll will be pulled back after 10 seconds. The test ends after 20 seconds, when the doll is out of the test area. The doll is made invisible for the dog as soon as possible after the test.
Subtest 13: doll with test helper
A test helper that holds the doll will try to pet the dog with the doll for 20 seconds while talking to the dog. The doll is put with the feet on the ground at least 4 m before the test area and is moved gently forwards. The feet of the doll should touch the ground and the arms of the doll should reach to the dog. The test helper should touch or try to touch the dog with the arms of the doll on the head or back till the end of the subtest. After 20 seconds the test helper with the doll walks away.
Subtest 14: threatening approach
A test helper approaches the dog and stares at the dogs for 20 seconds. As soon as the dog goes away within the test area the test helper tries to stay in front of the dog without entering the test area. After 20 seconds the test helper walks away and gets the artificial hand for subtest 15.
Subtest 15: friendly approach after threat
The same test helper as in subtest 14 approaches and pets the dog with the artificial hand for 20 seconds while talking to the dog. The test helper should touch the dog with the artificial hand on the head or back. The test helper should touch or try to touch the dog with the artificial hand on the head or back till the end of the subtest. After 20 seconds the test helper walks away.
Subtest 16: owner with the dog
The owner pets the dog with the doll for 20 seconds while talking to the dog. The feet of the doll should touch the ground. After 20 seconds the doll is taken away by one of the test helpers without entering the test area.