Any way, I am very happy with the passive way Doggy Dan trains and explains why the dogs do what they do. It is amazing to me how well the training works. I've gotten the feeding down. I am trying to stay calm, even when the boys found a rattlesnake, but I get excited sometimes. Separation is the hardest. I just want to pet and hug them when I see them after I'm gone all day. I do turn away and ignore them when they are jumping up and down.
I'm working on everything on my terms. But they are so cute. The walk is still a work in progress. Slowly but surely we will get it too.
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Thanks Doggy Dan! Best of luck to you and your dog! So just type it in like normal by removing the spaces :. One trouble. You tell us how to calculate our dog's 'cephalic index' but don't then tell us what index ranges count to decide what category the dog would be classed in. I must say I am very surprised as to some of the breeds you have listed as 'dolichocephalic'.
German Shepherd? I don't agree with this study.
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Otherwise upbringing, training and handling as much as experiences of each dog would shape behavior. So those dogs are not comparable. Sure there are tendencies. You might find more unhurried personalites in big and heavy dogs.
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But I have trained several Newfoundlands, Leonbergers and the like, that very extremely temperamental. Smaller dogs show less affection than taller dogs? Heavier dogs are more inquisitive than lighter dogs? You really want to say that a St. Bernhard is more inqusitive than a Malinois? And short-faced dogs are more into human-related play than long-faced dogs? Have you ever tried to engage a Bulldog to play while he was determined to dig out a mouse?
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On the other hand you don't need much to get your Doberman to Play at any time. Funny thing though which I noticed when I was teaching. At first I thought that it was my imagination, but it appeared so frequently that it started to feel weird! So yes, I am sure that physical characteristics can correlate quite significantly with behavioural characteristics.
About you 'Doberman' observation. Also from long time multiple German Shepherd ownership I know that inside most German Shepherds is a lap dog wondering why you won't let it climb into your lap. Meanwhile the Mini-foxies are disgusted that you try to lure them onto your lap. My shepherd mix tries to sit in my lap every opportunity she gets even though she's long since outgrown it, and she'll slam into me, push past me and step on me without caring, or even noticing that she's doing it. My border collie was very polite and careful about getting into a human's personal space, he'd have been mortified to be sitting on a lap and the few times I had to make him sit on me or against me e.
He wasn't an unaffectionate dog he loved cuddles but clearly had a very strong awareness of personal space unlike the mix They have exactly the same weight, height, head and body shape actually my mix looks like a border collie except for her colouring - it's possible she's crossed with collie too so I doubt "lapdog" tendencies have anything to do with body shape and much more to do with training, socialization and breeding.
Mulling over several thousand dogs, after taking individual personalities into account, I'd agree with their findings on tendencies, except that I'd put the weight into three divisions instead of two, separating the small, mid and giant breeds, which would somewhat change their descriptions here. I definitely agree with the idea that taller, lighter dogs with narrow heads e. And yes, short dogs ARE more aggressive, they have the "scrappy doo" mentality that they have to prove themselves somehow since they're smaller and this is true in humans too I've observed! I'm not sure that brachycephalic breeds are more "owner focussed", I think it's probably more accurate to say they are happier in the company of humans than other dogs.
The brachy's I've seen have certainly not paid much attention to their owners attempts to command them anyway One thing to remember is that big dogs need to be only half as aggressive as small dogs to be though twice as aggressive to paraphrase a common observation re women and men.
Or: Aggressive large dogs are a serious liability, so any large dog showing unwonted aggression will not be bred from and likely put down. However tiny dogs tend to be seen as cute or brave and delight their owners, and therefore get bred from. Well not really, I love my loving bone-head, but he does cause more damage than a vicious dog the size of a child's football that is light enough to be kicked over the fence could cause. This was an interesting article!
It certainly supports my instantaneous safety judgments when being approached by a dog I don't know, as "short head" also typically translates into a proportionally large-looking jaw size. In other words, the study most probably actually found that certain head shapes correlate with certain temperamental scores, meaning if I find the head shape of one dog on the "long-faced" list, I will also probably find that dog's score on the specified behavioral list; not "if you take a puppy with a long face, it will turn out to have xyz personality traits in the future when it grows up.
I go along with the word "prediction" in the scientific literature, because its meaning is understood. However, when the word "prediction" is brought directly from scientific literature into the popular press, it is at great risk of being interpreted to mean "what will happen in the future to this individual," which is completely different from statistical "prediction. I mean, granted, this is Psychology Today, not a scientific journal But still I would be interested to know, and it would help readers to judge how large of a grain of salt to take the findings with.
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