April 29, 2012
Let's Talk About It
From an email from one of the SIL's:
Love it! Some TV program showed the results of testing peoples' pet dogs (not trained for defense) for their reactions to (minor) physical assault upon their masters by a stranger. None of the large dogs reacted. Only the one little yapper strained at its leash. My take is that the larger animals didn't judge the assault to be serious enough to warrant their attention, while little yappers are famously nervous.
Posted by: Cop Car at Apr 29, 2012 8:35:35 AM
There's a temperment test you can have done with your dogs (the only requirement is a standard collar, no choke or pinch, no other obedience requiements). Mostly its walking over strange surfaces, and exposing your dog to strange and loud/unexpected noises (starter pistol, rocks in a bucket, umbrella opening, that sort of thing). But the last test is an oddly dress stranger approaching you in a manner that could be deemed aggressive. They sort the test results by breed so you can see how different dogs do. Its interesting to see how many dogs aced the tests, and which breeds struggle to pass!
Personally I figure anyone who walks up to my front door and still wants to come in after being stared at eye to eye by Apollo is either really brave or really stupid.
Posted by: Ruth at Apr 29, 2012 9:42:26 AM