Campbell's Test

Before explaining the methodology to apply the test, it is more appropriate to make some indications:

  • It can be taken to effect by the breeder or any other person
  • It has to be applied the day after the litter has reached its 7 weeks since born.
  • The place in which the test is going to take place has to be clear from any kind of object that may attract the attention of the pups.
  • The test has to be done individually and without the presence of any other dog or person.
  • The person in charge of doing the test, must be present at all times, unmoved and without showing his emotions in front of the puppy.

The test consists of 5 completely different sections through which, and by virtue of the results obtained, you will count with enough elements of judgment to establish the general lines of character of the puppy.

  • SECTION 1: Submission
  • Put the dog in a ventral position, keeping him firmly in that position, and while putting your hand on its chest, make him stay that way for a 30-second period.
  • Answer:
    • Tries to abandon this posture trying to bite you
    • Fights back, but without trying to bite you
    • Fights back for a while, but finally, ceases and stays still
    • Keeps still from the beginning to the end of the test
  • SECTION 2: Social predominance
  • Holding the pups head by the lower part of the jaw and forcing him to clearly expose his throat. Use your free hand to slide it longitudinally over the dogs loin doing this during for 30 seconds.
  • Answer:
    • The pup tries to loosen himself, growls and tries to bite you
    • Tries to get loose, but without any aggression
    • Tries to get loose, but only for a short time
    • Assumes a ventral position
    • Frees himself and avoids any kind of contact
  • SECTION 3: Security
  • Get near the puppy from his behind, raise him by surprise holding him by the chest. Hold him without letting him have any contact with the floor. Keep this position during 30 seconds.
  • Answer:
  • a. The pup fights back and tries to bite you to free himself
    • Fights back, but without being aggressive
    • Fights back, but only for a short period of time
    • The pup stays still
  • SECTION 4: Social attraction
  • Place the dog in the middle of the room, get away from him ( never towards the door); kneel down and call him towards you with your voice and by clapping your hands.
  • Answer:
    • a. The pup comes to you happily, with its tail raised and looking at you to establish contact
    • He comes to you with its tail raised, but without trying to establish contact
    • He comes to you, but with his tail down
    • Doubts, but comes near to you.
    • Doesn't want to establish any contact
  • SECTION 5: Following the owner
  • Put the pup by your side, and start walking making sure that the dog and you always have visual contact.
  • Answer:
    • The pup follows you trying to play
    • It follows you without its tail raised
    • It follows you, but with its tail down
    • Doubts, but follows you
    • Doesn't follow you


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