Can your personality traits affect your dog?
When you bring a new puppy to your Home you become part of a growing sub-culture of people who focus their time, money, and love on their dogs.
Once valued for their ability to perform work, dogs are now more often considered to be a part of the family. This trend is evidenced by an increasing number of pet-friendly hotels, restaurants, and workplaces in our communities; by brain imaging research that indicates we love our dogs like we love our kids; and by economic statistics that show we are spending more money than ever on our four-legged friends.
Despite dogs' more elevated status in our society, four million of them are still surrendered to shelters by their owners each year due to the dogs' behavior problems, and 2.2 million are euthanized.
It has been scientifically proven that this premise is that a dog's behavior "problems" could be caused by their owner's personality and psychological status.
This echoes the conventional wisdom Now days its highly encountered by dog handlers and owners that practice obedience training, and agility classes, and attend dog park circuits: If a dog has behavioral problems, it may have something to do with the owner. It stands to reason. One of the most remarkable things about dogs, and the trait that makes them a member of many families, is their ability to recognize and respond to the emotions of their human companions. Unfortunately, it is this characteristic that also makes them vulnerable to the personality quirks and emotional states of the people they depend on.
Researchers have launched a study because they think it is possible to prevent dog behavior problems and reduce dog relinquishments and deaths by better understanding the relationship between dog owner and pet and using this information to better match dogs with the right human companions.
It is known that the personality and emotions of the dog owner, do create an impact on the dog's behavior and its more noticeable when you ask them (Owners) about their perceptions of the dog's behavior,"
"Dogs are very perceptive to a person's emotional and chemical reactions, There are definite conclusions and findings about how an owner's emotional state and personality may be affecting a dog and causing it to react in a certain way."
For instance, the dogs of introverted and extroverted pet parents seemed to fare differently over the course of the behavior training program. "Extroverted owners were more likely to see improvements in dogs' fearful behaviors and introverted owners less so,
Extroverts may have had better results because of their tendency to be "enthusiastic, responsive to social stimuli, and value a high volume of social interactions." On the contrary, introverted people may have been more reserved, less likely to seek social stimulation, and therefore less eager to create valuable socialization opportunities with others.
Owners with higher levels of openness see lower levels of fear from their pups. This willingness to try new things may have meant that pet parents were open to using modern training ideologies and tools (like positive reinforcement techniques like clicker training). Dog owners who do show lower in openness usually have relied on outdated training methods (i.e. force and positive punishment), which have been associated with increased fear in dogs.
Also, one situation that is proven to cause great distortion in behavior is the "Humanizing" of Dogs, where owners treat their dogs like they are "Humans", there is nothing wrong with loving and doing the best for them, but everything has a limit, for Dogs think and see the whole life and situations from a different perspective, they are ruled by their "Survival Instincts" and if we do not understand what this is, it's very important to educate ourselves and find out what their "real" needs are in life to be able to live a"balanced, Harmonious life" with their Human companions.
EX. “Sherman is my baby, and that’s the beginning and end of everything.”
So, what’s wrong with this picture? Some experts say that humanizing your pet — anthropomorphism — is just not the right relationship.! People humanize dogs and don’t understand their psychology as pack animals, and the worse result is it creates enormous confusion in their dog's life resulting in Behavioural problems
ALWAYS begin by showing the dog that you are the pack leader, this is not mistreatment, it's not abusive” They need to feel safe, that someone is in charge", this is what their Survival Instincts consist of!
“Fulfill the dog’s needs through exercise, which is walking the dog in the correct way, giving the dog rules, structure, boundaries, schedules, and limitations … and then affection.”. Many Owners “give affection, affection, and more affection, when what the dog really needs is exercise, discipline — and then affection.
“They’re obviously not human,” “but that doesn’t make them any less a member of the family.” Dogs are animals, and they respond to calm-assertive leadership — “not emotional arguments or negotiations.” Dogs have found themselves in an odd predicament by living with humans, In the wild, canines don’t need humans to achieve balance. They have a pack leader, work for food, and travel with the pack.
But when we bring them into our world, “We need to help them achieve balance by fulfilling their needs as nature intended them to be.” “exercise, then discipline, and finally, affection.”
“As the human pack leader, you must set rules, boundaries, and limitations and always project a calm-assertive energy.” By adhering to his formula,, you’ll be able to connect with your dog in a deeper way.
No matter what your own personality quirks may be, there are plenty of resources to help you and your pup learn healthy habits together. Do good research on finding a truly qualified certified professional dog trainer ( Be aware of many "Certified Trainers" who haven't had true on hands years of experience) who can help you and your dog develop a positive reinforcement training plan to help the two of you navigate the world safely together.