Very interesting . LOVE the article.
I like this part "Yes, it's true. Temperament is a function of genetics. It is inherited, not developed. A dog's core temperament never changes. Some behaviors can be modified through training, but the temperament itself never changes. For example, a high energy dervish of a dog isn't going to learn to be a laid back, low energy dog. But, the dog can be taught to control his energy, to an extent.
Most dog owners absolutely refuse to believe this. If I only had a dollar for every time someone has told me "It's all in how they're raised!" ... No, it's not. It's all in how their DNA came together. A dog with foul temperament will always be a dog with foul temperament, no matter how wonderful the environment. A dog with sound, stable temperament will always be a sound stable dog, even in a lousy environment.
Good early handling, training and socialization will help develop desirable traits in the dog, but those traits have to be there."
How many have taken a shy and retiring pup with the idea that he will be okay , it is a matter of socializing , and then he will become self-confident and outgoing. It just doesn't work that way .
A pup at 8 weeks of age pretty much shows you the dog .
I have never liked the Volhard test . "Don't be rolling over and pinning other people's puppies, please." Yeah. This part always bothered me . There was a time when every potential owner , usually pet would want to do the Volhard . So what do you do let 4 or 5 people run a rough shod "test" flipping the dog and holding it ? I do NOT think so . I will show you in the dynamics of the dog , free and in motion and responsive to a situation and explain what might be going on.
"has demonstrated all defense, all the time, despite the fact that he has excellent prey drive, it is not accessible to him under the stress of bitework. Watching Thunder do bitework is a lot like observing primal scream therapy. It's stressful and exhausting for him "
Yeah, yet the owner thinks the dog is a super tough hard protective dog . Dogs that won't out because that is the safety zone , misinterpreted for high drive . What drive though.
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