We control every aspect of our dogs worlds. In a society where the most common living situation a pet dog is in is lazy living room snoozing and a walk once a day, it's easy to forget the powerhouses so many of our dogs were created to be.
Huskies were bred to run 8 hours a day in subzero temperatures.
Poodles are highly intelligent hunting dogs.
Australian Cattle Dogs aren't supposed to have good bite inhibition because cattle typically require harder directional bites than sheep or chickens do.
From the 15 pound Jack Russell that was made to scare foxes out of holes to the 70 pound American Staffordshire Terrier bred to fight off bears and bait bulls, terriers are intense, feisty, versatile predators.
A Great Pyrenees is bred for extremely independent roaming and property protection.
Humans have fine tuned and selected breed traits to use to our advantage over thousands of years. When our herding dog nips at our ankles or when our aloof working dog won't look at us when we call their name, we need to remember that those are normal and common traits. Whether you hand selected a pure-bred dog or have a rescue with some quirky breed-specific traits, it's our job to work with those traits, not around them.
If you're not sure how to do this in a healthy and conducive way, check out the resources below. These are only a few of the many, many resources out there for so many different categories of dog breeds!
For Any and All Dogs:
For Herders, Hounds, and Dogs with High Prey Drive:
For the Heavy Sniffers:
For The Dogs That Can Literally Go For Miles: