A good summary of why it is dangerous to label dogs based on preconception. Each dog is individual and needs to be given a chance to achieve it’s true potential.
We have had a number of dogs over the years. Their nicknames range from Crazy Kiki and Loveable Kaya, to Kipper the Ex-Crotch Ripper and Sweet Karma. Their nicknames give a clear indication of their personalities. Their names are practically labels.
A past client of mine labelled their dog. They adopted a mixed breed puppy. The trainer that they first met made a dire prediction. “That is a Pit Bull. It is genetically predisposed to aggression. You don’t have children…do you?”
Diligently they worked at modifying the dog’s “genetic tendencies toward being a menace to society.” Of course, the poor pup lived under an iron fist and non-negotiable rules. Fear of an impending mauling struck the fear of doG in the family’s heart. Instead of socializing they shied away from other animals – they shied away from play dates, scared that some killer instinct would emerge.
Of course, aggression did…
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