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Feb. 10th, 2007 04:06 pm
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Finished (and begun, for that matter) this morning:

Why Does My Dog Act That Way? A Complete Guide To Your Dog's Personality by Stanley Coren. This book reiterates a lot of the information in his other books, but it's also filled with charming anecdotes and some specific recommendations for how to raise a puppy to become a well-behaved, happy dog. The information about breed characteristics is interesting (though it can be found in one of his other books) and it's also interesting that puppy temperament testing isn't actually very predictive of how dogs turn out. It seems that at the age of eight weeks or so, when you're generally taking a puppy home from a breeder, they're too young for testing to be predictive of anything except a tendency toward fearfulness. Until the dog is about 18 months or so, personality testing doesn't tell you a whole lot. Now whether that means that nurture is more important than nature, or whether it means that the genetic components of a dog's personality aren't fully expressed until they're young adults isn't really clear - as usual. Nature/nurture debates are never very clear. Anyway, I enjoy Coren's writing style and I enjoyed this book despite its propensity for recycling.

Date: 2007-02-11 02:18 pm (UTC)
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Until the dog is about 18 months or so, personality testing doesn't tell you a whole lot.

Gosh, that seems awful old. We got our dog at about a year and her personality doesn't seem to have changed much.

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