Training can affect a dogs temperament.

Shadow is a German shepherd. He is 4 months old and his temperament is playful. His owners do not think the training affected his temperament. It kind of makes sense that the training has not affected his temperament, as he is only 4 months old and most training regimes take longer than just a couple months. It also seemed like they hadn’t finished his training regime because his owners didn’t use basic commands very much, and when they did, he didn’t really listen. Shadow was very welcoming and playful. he started licking me and jumping around and wagging his tail when i walked over to him. I could tell he had the happy puppy energy in him. A Lot of people think large breeds like german shepherds, rottweilers, and pitbulls are vicious and dangerous breeds, but they really aren’t, sure they have the potential to be dangerous, but only if the owner doesn’t train the dog well(or trains them to attack on command).  Shadow is a perfect example of the happy puppy/cuddle bug mentality of most large breeds of dogs. Sources say that contrary to popular belief, the most common dog breed involved in dog attacks are labrador retrievers, second is pitbulls, third is german shepherds, and fourth is rottweilers, However! The only reason german shepherds, pitbulls, and rottweilers are on that list, is because the owners trained them to attack or did not socialize/train them very well, like training a dog badly, can make the dog anxious, scared, and dangerous. And because shadow’s owners have trained him well, he is very welcoming to strangers and just a very nice doggo in general. And finally: Shadow  is a very very good boy. 

(sources for research: AKC, wikipedia, chicago injury center also here is a video of some cute pitbulls: PITBULLS ARE SO CUTE!! )

Ellis’s dog Teddy is a yorkie shihtzu mix. Teddy is a whopping 14 years old! (he aged very well, he looks quite young!) and his temperament is calm but opinionated (he doesn’t listen to commands super well) Ellis thinks that his temperament affected the training (the vice versa of the original question) which is really cool, and not what i expected when starting this project (not a bad thing, very interesting!) ive never really met a yorkie shihtzu mix, i’ve met a yorkie, i’ve met a shih tzu, but never met the mix. It’s a really cool mix, yorkies with their tiny cute and goofiness and the shihtzus with their calm and majesticness it seems like a great breed! According to yorkieinfocenter.com “the Yorkie began being shown in England under the breed name of the Broken Haired Scotch Terrier in 1861” the yorkie is quite an old breed. Most people think of the yorkie as a small little lap dog that doesn’t do much, but while that can be true, they are usually very brave little puppers: according to national geographic: “Everyday waves of Japanese planes attacked the Allied airfield at Lingayen Gulf on Luzon, the largest of the Philippine Islands.

The onslaught was taking a toll on communication, and the American commanders urgently needed to run telephone lines through a pipe that stretched roughly 70 feet underground from the base to three separate squadrons, but they lacked the proper equipment.

The pipe was just eight inches in diameter, and the only way to put the lines in place would be to do the job by hand—having dozens of men dig a trench to get the wires underground, a dangerous job that would’ve taken days and left the men exposed to the constant enemy attacks.

So instead, they pinned their hopes on an unconventional solution: send a tiny Yorkshire terrier through the pipe with kite string tied to her collar. The string could then be used to thread the wires through the pipe. Calling to her, coaxing her forward was her owner, Corporal Bill Wynne, a 22-year-old Ohio native, who’d adopted her while he was in New Guinea.

The little dog reached the other side, the communication network was established, and she was credited with saving the lives of some 250 men and 40 planes that day. But in the years to come, the little Yorkie would achieve much greater acclaim for her healing effect on wounded soldiers.”

Smoky would visit soldiers in hospitals and cheer them up, she was taught to walk a tightrope, play dead, and lots of other funny tricks to boost morale among wounded troops. Smoky was also credited with repopularizing the yorkshire terrier breed. The cool thing that i mentioned earlier is how teddy is not very good at learning tricks and smoky was, the temperament of teddy affected the training and teddy isn’t able to do many tricks, smoky was also part yorkie, but still good at learning tricks, maybe her temperament helped her learn tricks easily. I love this story because it shows how little dogs can have big personalities and end up saving hundreds of lives. Teddy is also a very very good boy. 

 Golda is a shih poo. Golda’s temperament is kinda chill but still has fun. Andrew thinks that how he trained golda affected her temperament but not by much. Shih tzus are a very interesting breed as thet have lots of cool history in china. From  the book legacy of the dog: “shih tzu means lion in chinese and refers to this fogs flowing manelike coat. Carrying its tail high and walking proudly, the shih tzu has an aristocratic air.  Joyful and active, it is widely popular in japan as a house pet. 

The shih tzu is supposed to have come from tibet and related to the pekingese, though much of its ancestry remains unknown. With its small size and long coat, it attracted a number of admirers in the chinese court of the seventh century, where it made numerous appearances in paintings and sculptures and was one of the most favored house pets. In the 1930s, it was exported to england, and then after wwII, was taken to the US by military officers going home. This dog was recognized by the AKC in 1969 (nice). Since then, it has been extremely popular.”    Golda is also a very very good girl.

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