Are you a reflective person, or a reactive person, when it comes to interacting with a dog?
1. Reflective people have to think about what they are going to do next. Possibly correct? possibly ignore? They may seek out advice, after the fact. They often think about what they've read, or have been told in regards to puppy behavior, or dog behavior. They usually have been in a relationship with a dog THROUGH other people... ie; parents, husband, girlfriend. They usually are very intelligent, and are open to others input. They tend toward freezing, in the sense that doing nothing is better than doing it wrong. They can observe, and detail the behavior, as if watching it on a screen, without personal, emotional input.
Reactive people act first, think second, if they think at all... they "know" what is right, without being told, and are usually spot on. They interact with dogs based on their impressions of the dog, not what they are being told. They are open to the dog in an emotional sense, but have no problem saying "that isn't right" to the dog in a multitude of ways. They tend to push the envelope with dogs, meaning that you may find them doing inappropriate things with adult dogs that you would NEVER do.. and they get away with it. They have strong ideas of what is right and wrong, and have no qualms about stating their views. They have the ability to understand nuances in correction. Pups usually gravitate toward these people because they communicate with the pups in a way they understand.
So, there you go. Neither personality is right for every pup. Some people have traces of both types. It's interesting to me to watch, and to be able to correctly place the right dog with both types. Some dogs need one, some the other.
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