If your dog exhibits a behavior that indicates he or she has an issue that needs remedying, working with a certified behavioral consultant is the recommended approach.
Many factors influence the behavior of a dog. Certainly breed or breeds influence behavior. Scent hounds are interested in scent, herding dogs are triggered to chase moving things (bikes, skateboards etc), some breeds are bred to be more interested in things in the environment than in working with humans (livestock guardian breeds, terriers).
Nutrition plays a role in the behavior of an individual as does the state of health and structure of the dog.
The condition, care, nutrition and experiences of the dam while she is carrying puppies influence her offspring. The post natal experiences of the puppies are important too. Puppies that are kept in isolation have a much harder time accepting new things as they grow and a greater chance of growing up to be anxious and possibly aggressive adult dogs, while puppies who are introduced to new things like sight, sound, smell at appropriate stages of development are much more accepting of the world and increase the odds the puppy will grow up to be stable, safe dogs.
Temperament testing can help predict a great match between a dog and a home.
Research has shown that a combination of training a new behavior, managing the dog’s environment, de-sensitizing a dog to a stimulus or situation , addressing any health or nutritional issues can significantly change the behavior of a dog.
Unwanted behavior is often the result of anxiety and fear. Force-free training methods are the fastest and most effective methods of changing behavior in a dog. Please see my blog and my monthly pet column for information on scientific studies on the effectiveness of training methods.
Jane is a certified behavioral consultant with many years of experience.
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