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im curious..

this has to do with a dogs "personality"

do they develope any parts of there owners personality??

b/c i could swear my grandfathers GSD has the same personality he does

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-18-2008, 09:07 PM
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Re: im curious..

I think we pick them out to match...
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Re: im curious..

Why not? They spend all their free time with us...LOL

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Re: im curious..

It may be coincidence but I like to think they pick up on our traits. Elmo yawns VERY loud. He also lets out big sighs too. My husband does both. Whenever my husband yawns or sighs, I tell him that Elmo picked up these behaviors from him! Maybe 95% of GSDs do that too.

How does your grandfather's GSD relate to him?
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Maybe. Except that my dogs all seem to have very distinct personalities, and unless I have multiple personalities they can't all be like me, because they're quite different from each other.

But I do think that we reinforce the things we find endearing, so Elmo's sighs and big yawns are probably being encouraged, albeit subtly, so you'll see these behaviors more frequently.
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Originally Posted By: 3K9MomMaybe. Except that my dogs all seem to have very distinct personalities, and unless I have multiple personalities they can't all be like me, because they're quite different from each other.

But I do think that we reinforce the things we find endearing, so Elmo's sighs and big yawns are probably being encouraged, albeit subtly, so you'll see these behaviors more frequently.
Hmmm.... I wonder if I'm unconsciously encouraging my husband's loud yawns and sighs too.

You're probably right. Elmo's crate is on the main floor. Every time I come in from the basement, I can hear Elmo let out a very loud yawn. It's very cute. So, I make the same noise as I come up the stairs. hehe.
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Re: im curious..

after keeping my friends doberman for a month, i realized that she's just like her owner... it was pretty unbelievable but so obvious. it makes sense tho - if a person is very cautious and reserved, then it makes sense that their dog would get adapt to that. i'm very personable and outgoing which means that my dogs have become that way by my habit. on walks, outdoor dining, having company over, etc.

my dogs also sleep alot. as do i. but when we're awake - we're doing things 500%

i think really nervous or anxious people pass those traits on to their dogs as well... not only because the dog can pick up on those feelings, but maybe their training methods or home demeanor are erratic and inconsistent.

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Gosh, I sure hope they don't act like me.

I can't recall barking at the mailman, diving to gobble up something to eat off the floor before someone else grabs it, sniffing butts of new people I meet, jumping up and down with excitment when the doorbell rings, or fence fighting with the neighbors next door.

But I wish I had their innocence, trust, loving nature and the way they know when I've had a bad day and need an extra kiss.

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I dunno, I think mine was picked to match. She was 3.5 years old when I got her, and as far as much more training and some confidence building, I really do not see any personality differences than the day I got her. She is a lot like me, but she was picked for me by someone else.
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