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Dog Personalities - Christopher Turner English 112-35...

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Christopher Turner English 112-35 Assignment 3: Research B June 24, 2007 Do Dogs, Like Humans and Chimpanzees, Have Personalities, and How are They Related to Humans? Research Question: Do dogs, like humans and chimpanzees, have personalities, and how are they related to humans? Thesis Statement: Dogs, in so many ways, show indications that there is some level of personality involved. They can recognize human emotions, they can sense when an unwanted guest is near, and their mannerisms and actions can sometimes be equivalent to a child. I. Personality is a description of consistent emotional, thought and behavior patterns in a person. A. Whether or not dogs have personalities has been a reoccurring question of interest B. Dogs, in so many ways, show indications that there is some level of personality involved. C. They recognize human emotions, sense when an unwanted guest is near, and have child-like mannerisms. II. The unique idea of personality is that it varies from each individual in a species.
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A. Personality is genetically based, however it is also largely environmentally based B. As dog owners, human beings have a huge effect on a dog’s personality. C. Raising dogs in a certain niche will elicit a certain behavior III. Dr. Sam Gosling found groundbreaking evidence of personality in dogs using the same testing of personality in humans. A. He tested energy levels, affection, anxiety levels and intelligence by doing a survey followed by a field study. B. Research showed that most of the dogs were very closely related, personality wise, to their owners. C. Gosling believes the best way to find a good dog is by pairing it to what is most like you. D. However, there are some problems with this research, which are the possibilities of a judge being biased based on knowledge of the particular breed’s personality. IV. Another type of testing on personality of dogs is by Wendy Vohlard, where she gives a survey about the dogs, and you have to choose out of 3 choices, which best describes your dog. A. They were judged based on their fight response, flight response, pack drive, and prey drive. B. The characteristics of a best dog would be high pack drive, low prey drive.
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V. It is rather impossible to find the “perfect dog,” due to social perception. A. One way to socialize your dog to make them a better dog is teaching them to play. B. Not many domestic dogs know how to play, since it is not necessary for their survival, like it is for wolves. VI. Dogs can become very upset when they are left alone and/or disciplined. A. When an owner leaves a dog, the dog sit and waits for the arrival, which produces anticipation and anxiousness. B. This sometimes causes the dog to have accidents while the owner is gone, in which the owner reacts to by punishment.
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