Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
I would be a little cautious about listening to the dog or advising people to trust their dogs (if you don't actually know the dog). I had a dog that had a wacky temperament. She was never mistreated or neglected, in fact lived a very good life and had a high level of training, plenty of exercise, etc. But this dog loved some people and was terrified of others. By terrified I mean she would hide, cower, shake, even poop. No one *ever* mistreated this dog. She was terrified of my husband and he never even spoke to her, would just move very slow around her and be sure to drop treats when he was near her. My husband is like a big teddy bear, everyone who knows him loves him. He would never, ever mistreat a dog or anything or anyone. If I'd trusted my dog I would have been just plain wrong. If a dog has a weak temperament then you have to take that into account. I trust Nikon's judgments about people but he has a stable temperament. A dog that lacks confidence and is skittish around certain people for no reason, I'm not going to trust their judgment about people I already know.