The Administrator from the Great White North, eh?
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northern British Columbia
My boy diesel - threshold is genetic. Something for breeders to try and keep at an optimum level when planning breedings.
With good training and handling and desensitizing, you can help a low threshold dog be less reactive, build its confidence, teach it replacement behaviours, and get some improvement, but it will always be a low threshold dog, and once can't get complacent about that.
High threshold dogs are usually more stable just because their threshold is higher, but depending on their nerve strenght, if harshly treated at a young age, if abusive training methods when still young have been used to make the dog protective (as in, setting up a scenario where a stranger attacks and beats the dog - yes, some people do this), then the dog may become suspicious, fearful, reactive.
Once the dog is older and more mature and mentality stronger, it will be harder to change a confident dog into a more reactive dog.
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Rottweiler/Hairy Dog mix?? 2004-2015