Pet Partners Team Evaluation - Practical Exam Guide - Rabbits & Guinea Pigs

PPST Skills Exercises (NR – any PPST exercises)  Indicates exercises used in evaluating COMPLEX area placement During all exercises animals may be carried in arms, basket; pillow, bed. Unless remaining in a cage for the entire visit, animals must wear harness and leash. Exercise 1 Exercise 3 Exercise 2 
Accepting a Friendly Stranger Animal may change position

Review Questionnaire

Accepting Petting Animal may change position

 Introduce assistant(s)  Animal carried by handler (may be in basket, pillow, bed, cage, etc.) –  Review questionnaire, note age, handler’s choice stress signals  Walk up –“Hi, it’s nice to meet you.”  Is there anything I need to know like sensitive spots on animal?  Eye contact – “what’s your rabbit’s/guinea pig’s name?”  Collect: toy, treat, brush  Back away from team  No treats on person?  Describe layout / procedure. Explain **Animal may change position but not struggle if animal carried in test, must be to leave.** carried on visit **Animal must wear a harness and be on a lead  Advise handler to function as they would on a visit, okay to ask for break with the handler holding the lead at all times.** or stop if they see stress  “Are you ready?”

 Approach again and circle animal and handler  Pet head and body only  Animal may be in handler’s arms or on table/lap with towel, bed, basket **Animal may change position but not struggle to leave.**

Exercise 4  Appearance and Grooming
Perform exam on table or lap on a towel – NOT in handler’s arms or on handler’s lap Note on score sheet

Exercise 5  Out for a Walk

Exercise 6  Walk Through a Crowd

 Look at eyes, ears, coat, teeth, nails  Pick up each front foot  Comb/brush once **Animal may change position.**

 Stop twice during walk  Observe body language and eyes  Animal is relaxed in whatever carrier is used.  Animal doesn’t try to jump/escape

Assistants walk, mingle with no noise or distractions

Exercise 7 Reaction to Distractions
 2 distractions, one visual in front of animal, one auditory behind animal  Distractions 10 ft from animal  Crowd may mingles talking among themselves      

Exercise 8 & 9 Animal Passed to 3 Assistants
Rabbits & Guinea Pigs do this instead of SIT & DOWN.

Assistants are seated in chairs within arm’s length of each other Handler gives towel to assistant Handler passes animal to first assistant 5 seconds on each lap Assistant passes dog animal back to handler Repeat

Exercise 10  Stay in place
Perform exam on table or lap on a towel – NOT in handler’s arms or on handler’s lap Note on score sheet

Exercise 11 Come When Called

Exercise 12 Reaction to Neutral Dog

 Stay for 30 sec.  Handler may reassure, but not touch pet STOP EVALUATION: Not Ready on any Part 1 (PPST) if NR on any Part 1 exercises. Note observations:

Skip for Rabbits & Guinea Pigs

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 Clusters of displacement signals  Eliminates inside test facility, before or during evaluation

Animals carried in towel, basket Stop at arm’s length Exchange Pleasantries Exercise is no more than 10 sec start to finish  Freezing, bolting, struggling  Vocalizing, whites of eyes  Panting, Kicking

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Pet Partners Team Evaluation – Practical Exam Guide - Rabbits & Guinea Pigs
PPAT Aptitude Exercises (NR – Part 2 Exercise A, B or C)  Indicates exercises used in evaluating COMPLEX area placement
Perform exercise A-C on table or lap on a towel – NOT in handler’s arms or on handler’s lap. Note location on score sheet. Exercise A  Overall Examination
 Physical handling to assess animals reaction  Move to sensitive areas  Stroke, poke, palpate, squeeze, etc.  Eye contact

Exercise B  Exuberant and Clumsy Petting
 Use both High pitched and Low pitched voice  Vowel sounds – not words  Clumsy handling    

Exercise C  Restraining Hug
HAND (fingers) THROUGH harness Eye contact Hug by holding against chest Do not lift animal’s feet off surface 15 sec.

 Teams are allowed to have 2 “Not Ready(s) (NR) marks in PPAT exercises D through I 
Exercise D Staggering, Gesturing
 Staggers until 6 ft from team  Ask to pet animal  Continue interacting thru Exercise G

Exercise E Angry yelling
 Duo begin yelling as they come alongside the team  Yelling not directed toward animal  Maximum of 10 sec. & no closer than 6 feet  Assistants stop yelling, become neutral and then one assistant asks to pet animal  Handler brings animal to assistants

Exercise F Bumped From Behind
 Evaluator bumps handler on opposite side of which animal is being carried  Bump during E and before G

Exercise G  Crowded and Petting by Several People
 3 assistants approach one-at-a time.  All three attempt to gain animal’s attention  Continue to interact

Exercise H Leave It
Skip for Rabbits & Guinea Pigs

Exercise I Offer Treat Animal carried, or in basket
 Tell handler that you want to give a treat, handler should direct evaluator how to proceed  Handler’s option to have animal take treat or not Wrap-up:  Anticipates, maintains control  Reassures  Confident, relaxed  Halter?  Must be carried while visiting Animal must visit as they were tested. e.g. if tested in arms, basket, bed, or cage must visit in arms, basket, bed, or cage

Exercise J  Overall Assessment
NR:  Reactive  Inactive  Repetitive commands  Stressed

The team should:  Be reliable  Be predictable  Be controllable Does the animal “inspire” confidence in the person with whom it is interacting?

STOP EVALUATION:  Not appropriate for Visiting  Not Ready on any PPST exercises  Procedural errors

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Eliminates inside test facility before or during evaluation Clusters of displacement or stress signals

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