Remember - how you raise, train, and socialize your dog, and how
well you meet her behavioral needs all have a huge impact on her
behavioral health. All dogs, regardless of breed, have the potentially
to be behaviorally healthy. It may be more difficult with some dogs,
than others, depending on their natural tendencies.
Use this quiz as a positive guide to tell you what you need to
work on, and don’t be discouraged or judgmental if your dog’s
behavior isn’t everything you want it to be.
If your dog is in peak behavioral health, you answered Always
to every question. Congratulations – you and your dog have
a great relationship, your dog is sure to be a joy to be around
and a welcome addition to your community.
If you answered Always to more than
half the questions you likely have a good dog whose behavior needs
a little tweaking.
If you answered Always to less than
half the questions, your dog’s behavioral health definitely
needs some attention.
BUT – not all questions are of equal
importance. If your dog is not friendly, and has snapped
or bitten people, even if you answered Always
to all the other questions, your dog’s behavior definitely
needs immediate help.
The other behaviors may be more or less important to you, depending
on your expectations and lifestyle. For example, if you have children,
it’s important that your dog not guard his possessions, but
you may be willing to tolerate too much barking if your neighbors
are not complaining.
ANIMAL BEHAVIOR ASSOCIATES,
Copyright 2002 All Rights Reserved.
Suzanne Hetts, Ph.D. Daniel Q. Estep, Ph.D.
Any reproduction of this quiz must cite its source. Not for resale
or inclusion in any publication for sale without written permission
from the authors.