When comparing a working dog to a pet dog, do you think their temperaments differ, why and how?

by Sleddoggin Staff on March 13, 2012

Question by ███████ Fiónnabhair ███████: When comparing a working dog to a pet dog, do you think their temperaments differ, why and how?
Do you think the owner/handler expectations and demands have led to a divide in temperament?
Why are some behaviours deemed permissible in a pet dog that wouldn’t be accepted in a working dog, when the consequences may be the same for each dog, ie, not having a dog 100% reliable off leash.

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Answer by Z
Depends on the type of work, which also determines the type of dog.
Guide dogs have friendly temperaments, and are much like pet dogs.
Search and rescue dogs – same.
Police dogs are trained to attack on command, but their temperament can also be quite gentle, with proper leadership.

As for behaviors – sniffing, scanning, and distraction are NOT good for guide dogs. High oflactory distraction is great for S&R dogs. So again, it depends on the type of work.

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