, but with medium to high thresholds
and eager to learn/carry out a task
- Enough handler softness
for a correction to be recognized and accepted, but not so much
that it would shut the dog down.
, to quote other Chazzers. A trait I never thought about before but now agree is incredibly important to me.
- Strong nerves
. I am okay with a dog that possesses some sense of humor, but perpetual "hai I'm in your faaaace~~" happiness is overwhelming for me. Same rule applies to the humans around me
- "Thinking" dog.
- Able to accept new people and environments.
but able to settle/back off if acting on that intuition. I do not want a dog that is too sharp.
- Self-preservation instincts
. I am okay with a dog that is reasonably cautious. No, I do not want a dog that will fling himself over a cliff for a ball. I have terrible aim and constantly throw balls into blackberry bushes, and I can't afford to have a dog that would dive into the thorny bushes.
- Handler/one person oriented
, but still independent as an individual. Gravitates without clinging.
people in dangerous situations. This is one of Trent's traits that I really appreciate. If he is injured or his paw is snagged on something or he's in a potentially dangerous situation, he will trust me, or any person, to resolve the situation or at least help him.
with strangers and dogs.
, without a constant need/desire to invade space. Trent is neither