Puppy testing

Many guides to acquiring and raising dogs provide a very famous test by William Campbell (puppy test), which he developed on the materials of a study of more than ten thousand dogs.

Puppy testing is performed when the puppy is seven weeks old. It consists of five separate types of checks. Each check is made only once.

1. Puppy test for contact

The tester enters the room where the puppy is located, puts him in the middle of the room, and then, taking a few steps back, squats down and beckons him to himself. By the way the puppy approaches a person, they determine the degree of contact. The following options are possible.

  1. Comes right away, the tail is raised up, grabs hands with his teeth.
  2. Fits quickly, tail raised up, barking.
  3. Fits quickly, tail lowered.
  4. Fits slowly, tail lowered.
  5. Does not fit the person.

2. Ability to follow a person

The tester sits the puppy, and then begins to move away from him in a normal step. The following reactions are possible.

  1. He eagerly goes near, the tail is raised up, grabs a man with his teeth by the legs.
  2. Willingly goes near, the tail is raised up.
  3. Willingly follows the man, the tail is lowered.
  4. Slowly follows the man, the tail is lowered.
  5. Do not follow the person or leave him.

3. Test for a puppy, reaction to coercion

The tester carefully takes the puppy under the chest and puts it on its side. If the puppy has the makings of a leader, he will resist vigorously. The following reactions are possible.

  1. Immediately and actively protests, struggling with the hand, turns out and bites.
  2. Immediately and actively protests, slips out of hand.
  3. At first, he protests, then he calms down.
  4. Not protesting at all, licking hands.
  5. Lies motionless, very scared.

4. Puppy test for social dominance

The tester gently takes the puppy by the withers and turns it over on its back, holding it until its reaction is clearly determined. The following options are possible.

  1. Immediately shows joy, jumping, licking hands.
  2. Jumps, beats paws, licks hands.
  3. Turns to tester and licks hands.
  4. He lies on his back and licks his hands.
  5. Runs away and no longer suitable.

5. Dominance when taking a puppy on his hands

The tester carefully pulls the puppy from the bottom over the stomach with his arms crossed so that he does not see him, and holds in this position for 30 seconds. The following types of reaction are possible.

  1. The puppy vigorously resists, growls, bites.
  2. The puppy actively resists, but does not bite.
  3. The puppy resists first, then calms down and tries to lick hands.
  4. The puppy does not resist, licks hands.
  5. The puppy is scared and tense.

Writing successively the results of the puppy test of all types of checks, they look at which letters prevail and draw conclusions about the character, temperament and type of puppy's nervous system.

If the letter "A" prevails, then it is considered that the dog will try to dominate and subjugate everyone. She can be potentially aggressive and tend to bite if she is met with harsh treatment by a person and her relatives. Such a dog is not recommended to take in a family where there are children and the elderly. And for her education will need an experienced trainer. It is necessary to bring up similar dogs quietly, without physical punishments.

If the letter "B" prevails. It is believed that such a dog has a tendency to calm, confident superiority and leadership. She will be amenable to training, to have the ability to perform in sports competitions. With a correctly chosen parenting strategy, such a dog will become a devoted and obedient friend. It is convenient and pleasant to be in any situation with her: both in a crowd and at home on a sofa.

If the letter "B" prevails. Such a dog will perfectly adapt to any conditions. She is obedient and perfect for families where there are children and old people.

If the letter "G" prevails. The dog is subject to the influence of circumstances and is prone to human subordination. She needs encouragement, the tactics of education should be based on constant attention, love and sensitivity. Such a dog is usually calm in a family where children are raised, but can bite if they are mistreated.

If the letter "D" prevails. The dog will be difficult to train. Educational measures will have virtually no effect on her. May bite out of fear or in a stressful situation.

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