15 Characteristics of Behaviorally Healthy Dogs

1) Friendly toward people, including well-behaved children

2) Friendly toward other friendly dogs

3) Does not become anxious if left alone for a reasonable period

4) Eliminates appropriately

5) Readily gives up control of food, toys and other objects to owner

6) Relaxed during normal handling and touching

7) Calms down quickly after being startled or getting excited

8) Not overly fearful of normal events

9) Barks when appropriate, but not excessively

10) Plays well with people without becoming too rough

11) Plays well with other dogs

12) Plays well with its own toys and doesn’t damage owner’s possessions often

13) Affectionate without being needy

14) Adapts to change with minimal problems

15) Usually responds to owner’s requests or commands, such as sit, stay, come

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