What does your dog think about you ? Successful ? Conscientious ? Beautiful ? Generous ? Grouchy ? It does not matter, your dog loves you no matter who you are. That’s why You should be just as accepting.
Dogs do have innate qualities and they need us to be accepting. A dog’s innate quality is partly breed characteristics, part history and part individual personality. LABRADORS are, often, overtly friendly and sometimes a bit too much at that. INDogs (street dogs) can be a bit suspicious. BOXERS can be obsessive with toys and play. BEAGLES can be far too focused on their sniffing. COCKER SPANIELS can be a bit aloof. HUSKIES can be asocial at times. Identify what your dog is really about and graciously accept it for who it is. It’s all about management.
A Labrador, for example, does not have to be trained to be mellow. Instead, when the exuberance of the dog gets too much to handle, the dog can be restrained for a short while and kept busy with something to occupy the dog’s mind, ill that burst of energy passes.
An INDog could be given his space, and allowed to approach strangers at his own pace. Avoid physical contact with the dog altogether. A Boxer could be given plenty of toys, even simple objects fashioned from everyday objects at home like socks and boxes. A good way to make a Beagle happy, is to lay out interesting trails and put rewards at the end of each trail. The trail could be laid out of all kids new smells —- flowers, twigs, a dab of curry, a bit of paneer dragged across the rooms in a trail. Cockers Spaniels hate to be hugged. Instead they prefer long conversations and staring into space with you. Introspective people might love the company of such dogs. Huskies could be given things to tear apart to strike a chord with their ancient hunting instinct.
A dog loves us, irrespective of who we truly are. Would it be too much for us to love and respect our dogs for who they are ? –
— Sindhoor Pangal, trainer.