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Monday, August 10, 2009

Personality and Dog Training

I have been reading some information lately about aggressive people having aggressive dogs. I find it very interesting and plan to keep reading about it to learn more. I haven't quite figured out how to work it into conversations with dog owners who complain their dogs are aggressive -- but I am hoping with more knowledge comes that revelation as to how best to do that.

Personally I have been dealing with a lot lately. It has gotten me to thinking about the aggression connections and whether other human characteristics "spill over" into our dogs. Do thoughtless, uncaring people have thoughtless, uncaring dogs? Do people who do things without considering the consequences have dogs who do the same types of things? Do compassionate people have compassionate dogs? Do people who serve have dogs who serve? Etc...etc. I don't know -- it's definitely a rhetorical question. But I think it might be a question worth exploring a little more.

I have to wonder if teaching people how to train their dogs really requires an ability to "pull out" of people who they really are so that they can better train their dogs? If it does, I hope that is what I am doing for these families and their beloved canine companions.

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