Get to Know your Dog's Temper

A large number of dogs are returned to dog shelters because many people choose their dogs based on how they look and not on their temper. These dogs generally suffer a lot of problems because of their abandonment. When you acquire a dog that is older than six months, you can see if the animal has any behavioral problems by submitting him to some exercises. Don't take any dog with problems if you don't have the time and patience to treat them. Following are the factors you have to evaluate in a shelter dog:

Approach your dog from the front looking at him straight into his eyes. A quiet dog will respond with happiness, whereas a nervous dog will bark or shrug.

Afraid of Hands
While the dog is attached to a loose leash, pet him under the chin and on the back as you go talking to him. A dog that is afraid of hands will back away.

Can this Shelter Dog be Obedient?
Take the dog by the leash, and order him to sit. The dog's response will let you know if the animal has had any previous obedience training.

Training Aptitude
Obligate the dog to "sit". His attitude will indicate you his predisposition.

Aggressiveness Toward Other Dogs
Introduce the shelter dog to other dominant dogs. If he only smells the other dogs out of curiosity, it means the dog will not be aggressive with other dogs.

Fear of Children
While attached to a loose leash, introduce the dog to a child – who has been previously told not to make any visual contact with the dog. The dog's answer will indicate if he becomes nervous around children or if he likes them.

Anxiety due to Separation
See if the dog barks or shows any other signs of anxiety when you leave him alone in a room during some time, say, ten minutes.

Afraid of Strangers
While still attached to a loose leash, have a stranger examine the dog. His behavior will indicate the problems that might occur when taking him to the veterinarian or canine salon.

Possessive Instincts
While still attached to a loose leash, remove the dog's food bowl. Congratulate him and then give him his food back. Repeat this exercise with a toy or a bone.

Reaction In Front Of Cars
If you pretend to take the dog with you on a car trip, first test his reactions to a five-minute trip and then leave him in the car for another five minutes.

Other Sensibilities
Some dogs are afraid of strong noises and others don't like sudden actions like the opening of an umbrella.

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