February issue-Dog World:
By D. Caroline Coile, Ph.D.
A neurochemical approach to shyness.
"Some breeds have higher percentages of bolder versus shyer individuals. Scandinavian researchers Kenth Svartberg and Bjorn Forkman analyzed the results of standardized behavioral tests given 15,329 dogs of 164 breeds. They identified four basic personality traits (playfulness, curiosity/fearlessness, chase-proneness, and sociability) that, taken together, form a broad shyness-boldness spectrum. Considering only the 31 breeds in which there were at least
40 dogs, the Flat-Coated Retriever, Labrador Retriever, and BelgianMalinois were ranked boldest; the Pinscher (German Pinscher) Smooth Collie and Rhodesian Ridgeback were the shyest. The bold dogs are easier to train as working dogs, regardless of the task, but they aren't always the best choice for pets because a certain amount of caution can be advantageous.."

Handsome Jack Morrison
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Considering only the 31 breeds in which there were at least 40 dogs, the Flat-Coated Retriever, Labrador Retriever, and Belgian Malinois were ranked boldest;

Surprise!
I happen to have a relatively shy specimen of my breed, but taken on the whole, I'm not at all surprised by the result.
Interesting comment that "a certain amount of caution can be advantageous..." to a dog's existence as a pet. A friend just had a near- miss out duck-hunting last weekend. He sent his Lab after a bird that had fallen into a tree-line. It turns out the trees masked a cliff, and dog was hanging on by her toenails when he got there.
I'm a little surprised by the Malinois. The one's I've met were downright haughty.
I'm going to have to pick up a copy of Dog World. The title of the article, "A neurochemical approach to shyness," leaves me very interested in their conclusions...

Kate
and Storm the FCR
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I'm going to have to pick up a copy of Dog World. The title of the article, "A neurochemical approach to shyness," leaves me very interested in their conclusions...

"Breeders can select for shyness or for boldness, but environment also has considerable influence. For example, nervous Pointers trained alongside normal Pointers, especially when trained for fieldwork, improved significantly. And even a dog from the boldest background will never be bold if he doesn't receive early socialization. Every dog's temperament is a reflection both of its genetic heritage and experience. Not every shy dog has been abused, and not every abused dog is shy."
Word.

Handsome Jack Morrison
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"Breeders can select for shyness or for boldness, but environment also has considerable influence. For example, nervous Pointers trained alongside ... its genetic heritage and experience. Not every shy dog has been abused, and not every abused dog is shy." Word.

Amen.
That said, it's another reason to have a good hard look at any dog you're thinking about breeding. I expect to be able to finish SH and HR this year. I hope that Storm will someday retire with a Master Hunter title, and I think, with years of hard work, we can get there. (I don't see running Qual, ever). Stormy is doing much better than anyone expected (in terms of field quality) because of elbow grease and not innate talent. She is also less spooky than she would have been, again (I assert) because of extensive training and exposure to many things. On paper, she looks great. By the end of the year, she'll be the most accomplished, field-wise, of her breeder's recent output.

Still: she should never be bred. It shouldn't take this much work to make an FCR into a hunting dawg, nor should we have to teach one to swim, nor should they spook and bark at the first BigRoundBale-o-hay or crippled bird that they find.
God help me when I get the talented, bold puppy I'm hoping for. It's probably going to be like a bomb went off in our house...

Kate
and Storm the FCR
God help me when I get the talented, bold puppy I'm hoping for. It's probably going to be like a bomb went off in our house...

Oh yeah. BTDT. When I bred Viva, I said, not once but a LOT of times, that I wanted the boldest, baddest, brattiest puppy. I wanted the one that was always into trouble, that wasn't scared of anything. Boy did I get what I wanted. Cala has been both the most difficult and the most rewarding dog I've ever had. Tough, uncompromising, busy, way too smart. She's really pushed my training way up from where it ever was bless her little cotton socks!
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God help me when I get the talented, bold puppy I'm hoping for. It's probably going to be like a bomb went off in our house...

Be careful what you wish for. Emotion: smile

Handsome Jack Morrison
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When I bred Viva, I said, not once but a LOT of times, that I wanted the boldest, baddest, brattiest puppy. I wanted the one that was always into trouble, that wasn't scared of anything.

Not me! I wasn't ready, didn't have the time nor inclination to start over, didn't even want to keep a puppy. But "Green Girl" puppy, incouragable whelping box escapee, toppling the full size x-pen if I took another pup out to retrieve, sitting back staring me in the eyes instead of rushing the fence with the rest of the litter, the digger, the barker, tugger of shoelaces, the bully - I would find myself "warning" the people who wanted to buy her until they decided not to. Just as well, too, since I wouldn't have sold her to any of them.
Susan Fraser, owned and trained by
BeBop a Lu SheBop SH
Shamma Lamma Ding Dong CD MH **
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Tough, uncompromising, busy, way too smart. She's really pushed my training way up from where it ever was bless her little cotton socks!

Yup. That's what I'm afraid of. Here I am learining a whole new sport, a whole plethora of training methodologies, not to mention figuring out how to run a course myself - and Gris-Gris is this damn whirling dervish over the obstacles. It's either going to be great, or it's gonna kill me!

On a related note - Shammie got her first agility title today - novice jumpers preferred (what're the letters for that?). YAY!
I was on the Pensacola waiting list, and they offered me one run at closing. So I stayed home for class with the Gree and sent Shammie with a friend. She qualified her single run and won 1st place. Terri said she bobbled the weaves, but even so on a SCT of 40, yards 104, she was clean with a time of 23.28.

So Sham's now titled in three venues.Yay Shammie!
Susan Fraser, owned and trained by
BeBop a Lu SheBop SH
Shamma Lamma Ding Dong CD MH **
and Gris-Gris Gumbo YaYa
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Oops, sent send too soon... Yup. That's what I'm afraid of. Here I am learining a whole new sport, a ... Gris-Gris is this damn whirling dervish over the obstacles. It's either going to be great, or it's gonna kill me!

Well if you're like me, it may take awhile but if you work at it, you may not be "great" but you also may have a dog that makes you proud even when you're still clumsy. Did you see the runs I posted? You do need quicktime to view them but they show little Miss Insanity, www.ddgraphix.com/agileruns.html
On a related note - Shammie got her first agility title today - novice jumpers preferred (what're the letters for that?). YAY!

NJP I believe. Congrats!
I was on the Pensacola waiting list, and they offered me one run at closing. So I stayed home for ... of 40, yards 104, she was clean with a time of 23.28. So Sham's now titled in three venues.Yay Shammie!

With a weave bobble? That's 4.46 yards per second, not bad at all considering the bobble.
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