What does your dog's behavior say about you?
By Nicole Pajer
First impressions are important and, like it or not, how your dog behaves is a reflection on what type of person people view you as. Often, when a stranger comes across your pup, he or she will recognize certain behaviors in your dog, which they will link up to you. Here are a few key dog behaviors to consider:
Calm vs. hyper
If you own a calm dog, you are viewed as authoritative and are able to maintain control over a situation even in the face of chaos. Owners of calm dogs make time for mellow activities such as baths, yoga, and meditation. They tend to be organized and very thorough in all that they do. Calm dog owners love to focus on what they are doing before moving on to the next activity.
Lazy vs. energetic
People who own lazy dogs enjoy spending their free time relaxing. They are often seen lounging around a pool or spending an afternoon reading. Owners of lazy dogs enjoy coming home from work and winding down with a nice glass of wine, flopping on the couch, and tuning in to their favorite television shows.
Quiet vs. noisy
If your dog is quiet, you enjoy spending time with a close group of friends over heading out to a noisy bar. Quiet dog owners tend to be more introverted and prefer meaningful conversations to gossip and small talk. They like soft music such as classical, folk, and singer/songwriters.
Obsessive vs. easygoing
Owners of obsessive dogs tend to become fixated on small things and are considered to be worrywarts. They don’t trust strangers easily and tend to focus on negatives versus the positives in every situation that they encounter. An obsessive person likes to be in control and enjoys a safe and preplanned vacation such as a cruise.
Affectionate vs. aloof
If you own a dog that is affectionate, it suggests that you are lovable and kind hearted. People who select affectionate dogs enjoy cuddling and spending time with the ones they love. Affectionate dog owners tend to be more easily trusting than owners of dogs who are more aloof.
Friendly vs. aggressive
People that own friendly dogs are seen as hospitable, helpful, and welcoming to strangers. Friendly dogs are well socialized so people that own them love going out with friends and enjoying adding new acquaintances to their lives. Their idea of a weekend activity is going to a party or a bar full of people to mingle with. Aggressive dogs tend to prefer spending time alone versus being in a group. Their owners like to keep to themselves and are seen as antisocial and short tempered. They like to spend their free time with a few select friends that love them enough to tolerate their crankiness.
So, what does your dog behavior say about you? Please do tell in the comments.