The ideal pet dog
What about the pet skills , sometimes a bastard, only responsible for being "the ball of hair" friend of our children? It is true that this type of dog has no specific duty to perform: yet, during his life, he may have to fulfill a little all the functions of his colleagues "hyperspécialisés" (chasing a rat, defend his little master , find him if he is lost, keep the house), without having received any specific training.
As a dog is always a dog (and never a toy), it is advisable to also submit the young subjects at character tests and some
skill tests that are of particular interest to you.
So you can discover at home, maybe not a real vocation, but at least a strong tendency which, once developed by appropriate games, could make it an excellent subject in a given discipline. A dog does not have to work only on an exhibition ring with a judge who notes it: he can also do it in everyday life. Do not forget that he will do it with a great joy because a dog likes to feel useful
. One of his specific needs is to feel guided and directed towards some purpose. It should now be seen what are the indications suitable for pet dogs.
It is necessary to analyze the different notions that constitute the character of the dog one by one. Courage:
A "lion" never has a very high degree of vigilance; yet we expect a house dog to bark at least when he perceives a foreign presence. Even if a dog weighs only 2 kilograms, its "alarm" function can be very useful. It is for this reason that it is preferable that it have a medium-high courage and not very high. Pulse for the defense and combativity:
these characters must be moderately present (a dog must not remain impassive if someone hurts him) but can not be pushed to the extreme. A dog with a very strong impulse for the defense could for example attack the friend of his little master in case of an argument between the two children, and this is obviously not desirable. Tendency to bite:
a pet dog should not have a tendency to bite very markedly. It would be a real contradiction. Yet we often see very small dogs stressed and neurotic ready to bite anyone who approaches them or their master: this attitude is the result of errors of education (super-protective or too permissive masters) that must be eliminated on as quickly as possible so that the dog regains its balance. A pet dog that bites is not pleasant, is not useful (because its size is not adequate), and can even be dangerous for children. Temperament:
a medium temperament is desirable in the vast majority of cases. People with special needs (hikers, ATV enthusiasts, joggers) may want a dog that reacts more and is more lively. Docility:
The pet dog must be extremely docile. He must love man, trust him and esteem him. If your subject scored below +2, try to remedy the education errors you had to make. Tempering:
It's not written anywhere that a pet dog needs to be ready to moan with despair as soon as his master touches his paw involuntarily. A dog with a firm temper is certainly more difficult to educate, but "mollassons" are also not desirable between the walls of a house.
Remember that the tempering increases not only with age but also according to the conditioning due to the environment: thus, a master who at the slightest moan of the dog laments saying "oh! My poor, I hurt you, I'll give you a biscuit to make me forgive "does not do much to improve the character of his dog. Vigilance:
A good dose of vigilance is always important in a pet dog. Too high a degree of alertness is not desirable, however, because it could lead the dog to bark furiously whenever a leaf moves, resulting in legitimate complaints from neighbors.
Those who complain about dogs can It is not always wrong: a little tolerance is always desirable, but sometimes the meetings of co-owners bring out quite justified complaints. Remember that vigilance is an impulse that can be controlled and controlled: any dog educated to live in society can learn to bark only in case of real danger or to be silent immediately on the order of his master Resistance:
As for temperament, the degree of resistance should not be very high in a pet dog. However, in case of special needs, a dog with +3 may very well be suitable.
Skill tests may be considered the most suitable for pet dogs: Test report:
A good protractor can be very useful at home (classic report of the newspaper or slippers) and outside the house (dog that helps his master to carry the running bags). Test of discernment:
it is always interesting to know if our friend has strong nerves and an agile mind; these qualities may prove useful on many occasions in everyday life, even if they occur "by surprise". Test of the reaction to sensory stimulation:
this test part, applied to a pet dog , gives a fairly clear idea about its ability to adapt to a city life and the stress of the stimulations it involves (car traffic, sudden noises, etc.) Test of the aptitude for research:
If your dog has a good aptitude for research, you can teach him the order "seek". This can be very helpful, especially if you have children. Owning a dog that can find them when they are not answering calls is not only a useful quality but also provides some peace of mind for all parents.
Naturally, a pet dog can also be submitted to all other tests without any problem. The aptitude does not always correspond to the size (for example a small Poodle can have the qualities of a dog of attack) and you will even be able to discover in your friend of the unexpected qualities which you will be able to use to satisfy several of your requirements.