September 10, 2009
These dogs take themselves very seriously.Strong-willed and determined, they simply
ignore anyone they don’t respect. A dog with this personality requires a strong, consistent training program and is happiest when everyone involved takes the same approach.
These jokesters are always dancing on theedge of good behavior and will reveal any
inconsistency within your approach or within the family. Engaging, they thrive on
interaction and may be naughty simply to get attention. A comedian needs clear direction, consistent follow-through, and a calm approach. Being too stern can backfire as this dog will get hyper when a lesson becomes too rigid.
This easygoing lot takes life in stride and may not pay attention to your concern,
energy, or disapproval. These dogs often prefer to nap during lessons and can be
challenging to motivate. Be persistent with your lessons; left undirected they
can easily get distracted and find themselves in harm’s way.
EAGER TO PLEASE
Dogs with this personality put your approval high on their priority list. The drive for attention is so great that these dogs may indirectly learn such routines as jumping up when greeting to get attention that don’t meet with everyone’s approval. Training need only be presented and reinforced in a consistent manner for this dog to cooperate.
These endearing dogs are gentle and loving, often preferring to view life from the sidelines. They prefer not to make waves and can sometimes appear overwhelmed if lessons are too strict. Adoring and sweet, they can be needy if ignored. A calm,
praise-heavy training approach works best to bring out the best in this personality type.
Dogs in this group do not tolerate new situations, dogs, or people well. Calm familiarity is reassuring to them. To an outsider, a timid dog may appear abused, as he cowers and hides at the slightest distraction. Consistent, affirmative lessons will help this dog establish a stronger sense of himself.