Weekly Wag: What Personality Type is Your Dog?

All dog owners know that your special pooch has a personality. Some are hyper, easy-going, excitable,warm and friendly, social, assertive, etc. My 10-year-old golden retriever is very laid back and tolerant at home. She gets very excited at the beach, pet events and pet stores. Heidi, our 6-year-old Shih Tzu, is actually the “alpha” of the house. She controls every dog that enters and sets boundaries immediately. Heidi and Lexis have an understanding that was set early in their relationship. Heidi does not “boss” Lexis.

“The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.”
-Andrew A. Rooney

Cover of "Through a Dog's Eyes"

I read Through a Dog’s Eyes, excellent read, by Jennifer Arnold. Jennifer is the founder and executive director of Canine Assistants, a service dog-school in Georgia. She is very compassionate and has a special understanding of dogs and what it takes to teach them, in fact, she calls it Choice Teaching, not training. Canine Assistants uses a personality analysis called the Canine Behavior Type Index (CBTI), developed by Kenneth Dagley, a trainer and Dr. Jacqueline Perkins, a veterinarian.

Did you know that there are 12 identifiable personalities according to the Canine Behavior Type Index®?

Dog sunny Day Afternoon

I found a CBTI game for you to play and find out your pooch’s personality at Pet Connect. (it’s free). The game is best played by the one who knows the dog best. And you can play for all your dogs. There will be 26 choices to make. When all the cards have been played, you will receive a 3 letter score and access to the profile for your dog’s personality type.

First Scientific Dog Personality Test

  • Communicate on a new level with your dog
  • Gain in-depth insight into your dog’s actions
  • Understand how to train and manage your dog
  • Gain new confidence in your dog’s behavior

The Goals of the Canine Behavior Type Index®

  • Solve your dog problems
  • Increase your enjoyment of your dog
  • Help improve your dog’s lifestyle

CLICK HERE TO PLAY– click on one of the two boxes at the top and it will go to the next question. Repeat. Very simple and short, only 26 questions. Enjoy!

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