In case you all thought I might be kidding. Sabs and her Steve.
That is a great
picture, I love it. I used to have a huge Flemish Giant rabbit that was a magnet of friendship to all species, it was the strangest thing. He hung out with chickens (and snuggled the baby chicks to keep them warm just like hens do), and enjoyed hanging out on the couch watching TV with my GSD, among other things. I never had a problem with dogs chasing him and the cats avoided him, largely (I think) because he acted like a dog and I sort of treated him like one when he was very young (crate/interaction/exercise/etc).
To the original topic at hand.... I think it would be a monumental challenge to create instructions of that sort, essentially it's on par with creating a parenting manual. An infinite number of variables, quite daunting really.
I do think some humans have an easier time developing intuitive relationships with dogs (and other species), because they are naturally intuitive people themselves. And that
might be the nature of the person
, not just the nature of the dog.
Often, those seem to be the (intuitive) individuals who chose to surround themselves with animals from childhood through adulthood. They trained the family dog, they had as many other pets as parents would allow, they helped rescue broken wild critters in the yard. Some people are naturally at ease around dogs, just like some people are naturally at ease around horses, etc. A person close to me was involved in rehab of injured wild birds/waterfowl, I ended up involved, and now I'm of the opinion that the same holds true for wildlife people. Some individuals are just good
at working with animals, and are inherently in tune with what's going on in the critter's mind.
So now that I've thought about it some more, I'm of the opinion that:
Nature of the Person
(is of equal importance to) the Nature of the Dog
. The result is your Relationship