By Kathy Blumenstock
If you’d rather be on the go than sit and stay, then you might be looking for an extroverted, active dog breed to match your extroverted personality. There are plenty of friendly dog breeds who’d happily share your adventures with tail-wagging enthusiasm.
Dr. Mary Burch, DVM, director of the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen program, emphasizes that there are many things to think about when adding a dog to your household. “Some of the main factors to consider are activity level (in the house), exercise needs, size, coat (how much grooming), trainability or suitability for a particular sport, and compatibility with children or other pets,” she says.
Vivian Leven, certified dog trainer/behavior consultant and owner of Positive Dog Solutions in Washington, DC, adds that for an extrovert, “Dog ownership can provide the opportunity to meet a lot of different people and socialize on a regular basis, through dog sports, other dog-related activities, regular walks or dog parks.”
Here are some friendly dog breeds that can make great companions for extroverts, but keep in mind that every dog is unique.
By Kathy Blumenstock
Canine companions come in many varieties, including those breeds of dogs that share a touch of chill. If you like to come home and unwind with a little peace and quiet, then one of the calmer dog breeds might be a better fit for your introverted lifestyle.
Dr. Leslie Sinn, veterinary behaviorist and certified professional trainer of Behavior Solutions for Pets in Leesburg, Virginia, emphasizes that although “you can use a breed as a guideline, the variation is so huge, you need to interact with the dog. And you need to ask why the dog appeals to you.” You need to find out if a specific dog is right for you before beginning “a long-term commitment to a living thing that is going to be part of your life for 10 or 12 years.”
If you are more of an introvert, your dog can provide companionship while you are at home but can also offer a means for connecting with others while out and about. Vivian Leven, certified dog trainer/behavior consultant and owner of Positive Dog Solutions in Washington, DC, adds that “For an introvert, meeting people through their dog can provide a more comfortable way of engaging where there is an immediate common interest, so the interaction becomes natural.”
Here are some dog breeds that might do well living with an introvert:
By Jennifer Coates, DVM
Do you want to include your favorite furry friend in your holiday celebrations? There are plenty of traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas foods that are perfect for sharing. So, if you want to create a festive meal for your special four-legged companion, here are some safe human foods for dogs you can fill your pup’s holiday dog bowl with.