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What character is our dog - The Campbell Test


Knowledge puppy dog ​​character is very important in establishing a strategy for educating the dog. A submissive dog will be trained by someone calm and patient, while one dominant character will need someone who will know how to show and to impose authority. Psychological Testing of dogs is still before the First World War. If at first assessment was made just for dogs, today a psychological test can be done with any dog ​​in an attempt to better understand the needs and temperament of dog.

Such a psychological test is the test dogs Campbell. Lord of the dog must undergo this test when the dog is between five and seven months. Chicken will be taken to a place that does not know where there are people factors and interruption or distraction. During the test should not reward the dog in any way but just to speak in a normal tone. The test follows the five aspects of a dog's temperament (social attraction, the response to different stimuli, reaction to the obligations of social control, opposition to lifting) and the responses indicate a particular type of character.

a. social attraction

Chicken must be in the test area. We remove 1-3 feet and hands gently beat the chicken call, while we let the knees. Chicken should be back at the entrance to the room or area.

1. Coming soon, salt and bite the hand, has high tail;
2. Coming soon, so the paws and lick his hands, has high tail;
3. Coming soon, the tail is high;
4. Coming soon, has left tail;
5. Hesitate in coming, has left tail;
6. Not coming.

b. accompany


This test indicates the degree of independence: we get up and put away easily. We must be sure that your dog is looking at looking at us.

1. It comes immediately into one of the legs, biting, tail is high;
2. It comes immediately into one leg, has left tail;
3. Comes and he immediately has high tail;
4. Comes and he immediately has left tail;
5. Hesitate to follow us, has left tail;
6. We do not follow or be removed.

c. Immobilization

This test will show how the baby will accept when it is dominated by physical stress or social: baby comforted gently, pressing gently with the palm from the head, towards the tail. We continue to see a reaction in chicken behavior.

1. Salt in hand, hit with paws, bite, growl;
2. Salt to hand strikes with its paws;
3. Approach us and try us near the front;
4. Let the belly, licking our hands;
5. Turn back and shows his belly, licking our hands;
6. Get out and stay away from us.

d. Dominance by lifting from the ground

This test shows how much the baby will accept dominance when not in control of the situation: raise baby belly and chest with both hands and keep it suspended for 30 seconds.

1. Violent struggle, bite and growl;
2. Violent struggle;
3. No struggles, is relaxed;
4. Struggles, settles down, licking our hands;
5. Do not struggle, licks hands us;
6. Sit still.

e. The contribution

The following test shows how much chicken is adapted from a training program: our own way and his attention to put a tennis ball.
When you show interest, throw the ball to 1-2 meters in front of the chicken.

1. Watch the ball, take it in your mouth and runs away;
2. Track ball remains standing above it, but not return;
3. Watch the ball, catches it and returns it to us;
4. Watch the ball and without the ball back to us;
5. Begin to watch the ball then loses interest;
6. Do not follow the ball.


f. Sensitivity to touch


This test determines the degree of resistance to: keep a dog's front paw between your fingers and press increasingly louder while counting slowly to 10.

1. 8-10 until the baby has a reaction;
2. 6-7 until the baby has a reaction;
3. 5-6 until the baby has a reaction;
4. 2-4 until the baby has a reaction;
5. 1-2 until the baby has a reaction.

g. Sensitivity to sound

The next test shows sensitivity to sound, and may be a rudimentary test for deafness screening: put chicken in the middle of the room or space where testing is done and let an object fall on ground high enough to produce noise (a pot or a box metal).

1. Listen, go to locate the source of noise and barking;
2. Listen, locates sound and bark;
3. Listen, locates sound, shows interest and go to the source;
4. Listen and localize sound;
5. Let down by fear, is given back, to hide;
6. Ignores sound, shows no curiosity.

h. Reaction to new objects

The test shows how adaptable is the dog the appearance of unknown objects: put chicken in the middle of the room or space where testing is done. Tie a small towel or a piece of cloth with a rope and threw her on the floor, 1-2 chicken feet, then pull away the cloth rope chicken sudden movements, as we play with a cat.

1. Looking at cloth, attack and bite;
2. Looking at cloth has high tail and barks;
3. Cloth curious and looked at approaches to investigate;
4. Looking at cloth, bark, has tail between legs;
5. Runs, hides.


Major points: 1 - very dominant puppy will bite very quickly. By its nature will oppose owner and needs a strong hand. We must have experience with dogs so we can understand this quadruped. This type of chicken can be used successfully in security and protection.

Major points: 2 - Chicken is dominant and confident. If suntemfermi and consistent then the dog will accept easily be led. If I had dogs they should not adopt a dog for someone with experience but the dog can be trained very well.

Major points: 3 - This baby is relaxed, friendly, and will easily adapt to any situation with a May flexible temperament. It has a great need for physical exercise is not recommended for families with young children or the elderly.

Major points: 4 - This chicken is perfect for families with children, easy to control. The dog will always seek the guidance of master.

Major points: 5 - This chick has no confidence and is very humble. Owner will become very dependent and should be encouraged to stay permanently afloat.

Major points: 6 - Chicken in this category is very independent. This dog is affectionate family and feels no human presence. Breeds are prone to this kind station, and some races northern Basenjii.


Campbell test gives a picture of the intelligence, balance and willingness to work with the dog owner. If the answers to the most common are 3 and 4 when dogs can be considered good companions. Dogs with major points 1 and 2 have the qualities needed to become service dogs, security and protection.