The Most Nervous Breed of Dog is ….
I’ve been asked this question a bunch of times, and there is no real answer. A dogs propensity or lack of nervousness in a given situation, is really dependent on how well we socialized our dog and our own ability to understand the canine mind.
There are many contributing factors that will determine our successes or failures in the area of nervousness or fear aggressions with our dogs. One of the most important factors will be the size of your dog, every medium to large breed dog (mixes included) start off as a little cute, cuddly ball of fur that nobody is afraid of or nervous around.
Example 1 : With the medium and larger breed dogs our human emotion of comfort and security may start subsiding and eventually turn into fear, particularly when the puppy reaches the five, six, seven month old range. This is a normal human reaction when we start confusing what we think our dog should know (inherited behavior of domestication, which doesn’t exist) and what we think we taught our dog.
Example 2 : If we tell our dog a hundred times to stop doing something and he continues to exhibit the undesirable behavior, we may believe that he is stupid or worse yet that he is challenging our authority as pack leader. When the reality is we were ineffective in our teaching process, hence the dog doesn’t understand what we expect from him.
Example 3 : how we can exasperate nervous aggressions in our dog : We are all dog lovers but that doesn’t mean we love all dogs, or feel at ease around other dogs. Even if we have a large breed dog ourselves that we are comfortable around, that doesn’t mean that we feel safe and secure around other dogs of similar size. By us feeling nervous or threatened around other dogs, we will project our feelings of nervousness onto our dog and our dog will react according to our emotions. Which is to say he gets nervous because we got nervous.
Example 4: When some dogs become excited and they want to play, they will bark and or growl at other dogs or people. Often we will mistake this behavior as some sort of aggression, and by doing so we start to confuse our dog by not allowing him or her to play. There are many individuals that mistake dogs play fighting, for dog fighting.
Example 5 : small dog nervousness : This is a very common occurrence with small breed dogs, brought on by overprotective owners. A significant portion of the time when a person is walking their small dog and they come across someone else walking any other breed of dog that is larger, what does that person do ? That’s right, they pick their little guy up. They pick their little dog up in those circumstance for a variety of reasons, a couple of those reasons being : 1- They are afraid their dog may get bit. 2- As much as we may disagree, we are afraid of the other dog.
In both instances we are projecting our emotion of fear onto our dog. Another words, we are telling them “we need to be careful, I don’t trust that dog”. And since dogs can read body language to the point of almost being psychic, we assist them in their nervousness. This becomes a huge detriment to our dogs mental well being and overall happiness.
THE POINT of this whole thing is, it doesn’t matter what type of dog you get. Expensive Pedigree from a real dog breeder, large breed dog, small breed dog, mixed breed dog or mutt.
They can all become nervous and or scared in any given situation, especially if we help them by becoming uncomfortable or nervous ourselves.
The Spirit Dog
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