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DANISH KENNEL CLUB’S MENTALITY DESCRIPTION
Arranging specialized club: Finnish Icelandic Sheepdog Club
Danish Icelandic Sheepdog Club
Fin reg. nr.: FIN23617/03
Name of owner: Sanna Honkanen Date and place of test: 24-26 July 2004
Paimio, Finnland
Name of dog:
(Pedigree Name)
Tupsutassun Katína Team leader: Torben Nielsen
Breed: Iceland Sheepdog Mental tester: Ulla Sonne,
Else Westermann

* Katinan tulokset väritetty punaisella

ACTIVITY

1

2

3

4

5

1a Contact Refuses contact, growls and/or attempts bite Avoids contact
- crawl and stretches
Accepts contact
- is completely indifferent
- does not withdraw
Independently obtains contact or when handler obtains contact. Balanced Insistent contact
- lack of reason
- possibly jumps or barks
1b Handling Refuses to follow Follows a bit. Pos. on full lead away from TL Reluctantly follows all the way Follows without struggle Willingly follows
1c Handling Attempted flee / behaves very threateningly Strongly withdraws / threatens Withdraws from active handling. No threats Accepts handling Willingly accepts handling
2a Play Does not play Does not play
Display interest
Plays – starts slowly becomes active Actively plays
Starts quickly
Plays very actively. Starts quickly. Hard to interrupt
2b Leg – grab Does not grab Does not grab immediately
Smells object first
Carefully grabs or nibbles object Grabs using full mouth
Firm grip
Grabs immediately - determined
2c Leg – pull

– fight-play

Does not grab Grabs carefully
Lets go and/or does not pull
Keeps grip. Pulls some. Lets go and possibly regains grip Grabs immediately and keeps firm grip. Shakes and pulls until TL lets go Immediately garbs and keeps strong grip. Shakes and pulls until TL lets go. Shakes after TL lets go
3a Hunting – speed Does not begin
   1
c                2 c
Begins, but interrupts
Does not complete   
   1
c                2 c
Reaches goal. Slow start. Picks up speed on the way
    1
c                2 c
Starts and completes in high speed
    1 g                2 g
Starts in very high speed. Runs more than 2 m past
    1
c                2 c
3b Hunting – catch Deliberately ignores.
Does not reach the catch
   1
c                2 c
Does not grab catch
Does not smell catch
   1
c                2 c
Does not grab catch, but smells catch
   1
g                2 g
Reluctantly grabs catch
    1
c                2 c
Grabs catch immediately
Determined
    1
c                2 c
4 Activity Level Inactive
- indifferent
Attentive
- stands, sits or lies
Moves. Pos. smells, eats grass or chews sticks during lapse Quickly switches activity
Digs, chews sticks, jumps up
Switches activities very quickly. Whimpers, barks, pulls lead
5a Surprise – fright Stops. Short stop. No avoidance Stops and ducks Avoidance manoeuvre
(does not turn away)
Flees for a max of 5 meters
(turns away)
Flees more than 5 meters
5b Surprise

– threats/aggression

No threats One or two threatening acts More than two threatening acts or persistent threats Many or persistent threats and attack Very threatening acts and direct attacks
5c Surprise – curiosity Approaches the doll once it has been laid down.
Does not approach
Approaches the doll once handler speaks to doll Approaches doll once handler stands by doll Approaches doll once handler is half way there Approaches the doll without aid. pos. holding body low
5d Surprise – abreaction No avoidance manoeuvre Small detour 1st time
Looks to the side 2nd time
No reactions 3rd time
Makes a detour 1st time
Small detour 2nd time
Looks to the side 3rd time
Pulls lead away from doll 1st time
Detour 2nd time and 3rd time
Pulls lead away from doll to end of lead at least twice
6a Sound – fright Stops. Short stop. No avoidance Stops and ducks Avoidance manoeuvre
(does not turn away)
Flees for a max of 5 meters
(turns away)
Flees more than 5 meters
6b Sound - curiosity Approaches the plate once handler touches the plate Approaches the plate once handler talks to the plate Approaches the plate once handler stands by plate Approaches the plate once handler is half way there Approaches plate without aid. pos. Creeping posture
6c Sound – abreaction No avoidance manoeuvre Small detour 1st time
Looks to the side 2nd time
No reactions 3rd time
Makes a detour 1st time
Small detour 2nd time
Looks to the side 3rd time
Pulls lead away from doll 1st time
Detour 2nd time and 3rd time
Pulls lead away from plate to end of lead at least twice
7a Ghosts – fright Shows no tendencies to flee One or two avoidance actions Alternates between beginning flee and control Flee or interrupted flee after the first third of the moment Flees to end of lead during the first third of the moment
7b Ghosts

– threats/aggression

No threats One or two threatening acts for a part of the duration of the exercise More than two threatening acts or persistent threats for a part of the exercise Many or persistent threats and attack after half the distance Very threatening acts and direct attacks throughout the exercise
7c Ghosts – abreaction Approaches ghost once this once this is unmasked. Does not approach
     1 c                2 g
Approaches the ghost once handler speaks to it
     1
c                2 c
Approaches the ghost once handler stands by it
     1
c                2 c
Approaches the ghost once handler is half way there
     1
c                2 c
Approaches the ghost without aid. pos. Creeping posture
     1
g                2 c
8 Sharp sound Appears to be indifferent
Quick control, then indifference
Reaction disappears after first few shots
Breaks, but resume previous activity
Remains disturbed after several shots. Unable to resume previous activity Displays increasing tendencies to flee after each shot both during activity and passivity Flees during activity.
Possibly leaves exercise

* Muutamassa kohdassa on nro:t 1 ja 2 johtuen siitä, että sama osio suoritetaan kahteen kertaan (paitsi kummitus kohta, jossa on kyseessä 2 kummitusta samalla kertaa)

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