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

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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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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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Grimm: Wildly happy, bold, enthusiastic, funny, LOVES EVERYONE, upbeat, outgoing, pushy, bouncy, FRIENDLY, occasional tantrum-thrower, fearless, super-social, vocal, and a SNUGGLER.

Me: Shy, sensitive, cautious, introspective, unsure, quiet.

HELLLLLLLP!
 

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My DD and DH swear Ava is just like me, I dont see it at all, but perhaps its like an old married couple, they become increasing similar yet each has their distinct personalities. You seem them as the same yet they are individuals.
 

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Patti, Grimm is trying to bring you out of your shell, so he has to go through all these antics to get you to approach people.

I have 4 dogs all with total different personalities.
 

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i dont know how to put this together...but when we are out and about around new people with tyson i try to show confidence and be friendly hopeing that he will see that there is nothing to be shy from, or scared of. my belief as for us being "leaders" they look at us for "answers'' and by them seeing that you would think they would follow.

i wouldnt say that this is a personality trait...in the mornings when i get up for work i kinda mope outa the room when i take tyson out, he's kinda mopeing right beside me as we are walking through the house...its funny
 

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Val, LOL! You may be right!


Grimm likes: Fireworks, roaring chainsaws, jackhammers ripping up pavement at full throttle-- and parties & MEETING PEOPLE!!


Patti likes: Curling up with a good book and a cuppa tea.


Our day:
1. Walk past a noisy construction site

2. Visit the train station to hear the screeching/thundring/roaring of trains

3. Walk through neighborhoods filled with German Grandmas eager to snuggle floppy-tongued GSDs

Then:
4. Go home for a drink, a cookie, and snuggle/book time on the carpet by the heater.


We both win.
 
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