Having a happy go lucky dog that just loves every dog or person they meet is nice to have, but is not a prerequisite for proper dog ownership. Some dogs prefer to keep to themselves.
Depended on the degree of fear aggression or nervousness in a particular dog, some dogs the best you can hope for with the behavioral training is a dog that will ignore the perceived threat in his mind. Even then some of the more nervous dogs will keep a watchful eye on whatever makes them nervous, you can help them to the point where they shouldn’t act defensive (barking and / or growling). But as far as the dog being happy or totally relaxed, you can forget about it. Your goal is you just don’t want them to act crazy, when they encounter people or animals.
There are a small percentage of dogs that regardless of how much time you spend with them trying to get them over whatever fears they may have, are never going to be 100% happy to see every new dog or person that you invite into your home or meet on the street.
Any person whether their a dog trainer, animal behaviorist or Mary from down the street that really, really knows dogs really well. That tells you that with the proper behavior modification training and a sufficient amount of socialization, that yes, you to can have the next Lassie instead of having a dog that came out of a Steven King novel. Just doesn’t know dogs well enough. Although it is a wonderful thought.
The vast majority of dogs once you learn how to get them happy in those situations that tend to make them nervous, will wind up being happy and relaxed with most new dogs or people they meet. Not all dogs and not all people, but most.
The Spirit Dog
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