Are you an extrovert or an introvert? Do you like cuddles or do you prefer rock climbing? Well, what about your dog? We all know our dogs foibles - with their goofy smiles and those favorite scratch spots. But what is your dog's personality type?
Knowing what lights up your pooch’s shiny eyes & what gets their tail wagging can really help you make the most of life with them by your side.
In a similar way that you wouldn’t push a human introvert into a busy party, you might want to think twice about cooping up a confident dog.
By knowing more about what makes your dog tick, you can adjust your training, treats, and outings accordingly. It could also help you with choosing an adoptive dog that fits your personality too!
The aim really is to understand your dog’s personality, to help both of you live a happy and enriched life together.
Researchers and trainers have found that there are 5 dominant personality traits that dogs typically fall into. So… Which one does your furball belong to?
1. Confident Cato
Role In The Pack: Natural born leader
Always Found: Taking charge of a situation, tail held high
Can Be Tricky When: Showing off with dominant behaviors like mounting
Their Favourite Place Is:The local dog park, making friends and showing everyone who’s boss
Responds Well Too:Lots of positive reinforcement, so they will look to you for direction and not always themselves
2. Shy Sally
Role In The Pack:Keeping an eye out for danger
Always Found: At a distance, or with a trusted pal or human by their side
Can Be Tricky When:Put into situations they feel uncomfortable or crowded
Their Favourite Place:The peace and quiet of home, and the bed they’ve had since they were a teeny pup
Responds Well To:Lots of praise, treats, encouragement, especially when introducing them to new people, places, or experiences
3. Independent Izzy
Role In The Pack: Lone Ranger
Always Found: Away from the center of the action, quite happily snuffing some scents
Can Be Tricky When: Forced to socialize
Their Favourite Place:With that one human they really love
Responds Well To:Not a lot, as these guys and gals are pretty independent pups...but sometimes you may hit gold with a favorite toy or treat
4. Laidback Larry
Role In The Pack: Saying hi with a waggy tail
Always Found: Wanting belly rubs and playtime with friends for life
Can Be Tricky When: You want them to guard the house, not welcome in intruders…! Or if they are over-enthusiastic in greetings. Sometimes small children might find them too much.
Their Favourite Place: Anywhere, even with the cat!
Responds Well To: Being aware of what they can and can’t do when greeting others, and who it’s ok to lick.
5. Adaptable Annie
Role In The Pack: Trick master
Always Found: Pleasing people or training as a therapy dog
Can Be Tricky When: ...What’s tricky? You want them to do a trick? Ok sure.
Their Favourite Place Is: The agility run or dog show. Or the sofa, either works.
Responds Well Too: Humans in general. They just want to please!
A dog may display more than one personality type, but usually one will be more dominant than the others. Each has its own quirks, advantages, and tricky areas. But working with, not against, your dog’s type can help you make strides in the best relationship possible.
So, which one is your dog?
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