East Midlands Dog Training

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Canine Behaviourist & Trainer

Donna Hobson. BSc Hon, TGoDT

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Genetic Related

derby based genetic related dog training

Some behaviours are definitely related to your dog’s DNA. Expert behaviourists have carried out many experiments and research over the decades with regards to inherited traits.

‘A number of conditions have been identified as running in family lines of a number of breeds including, but not restricted to, generalised anxiety/fear, noise phobia, impulse/control aggression, conspecific aggression, predatory aggression, and obsessive-compulsive disorder’ (Overall, 1994; Overall and Dunham, 2002; Overall, 2005).

Unfortunately, some disreputable breeders are only concerned with looks and not temperament. They will also interbreed closely related dogs for show or profit or both creating a multitude of mental and physiological issues which sometimes only manifest themselves between 2 & 3 years of age when dogs reach emotional maturity.

For example, about 8,000 new Golden Retrievers are registered in the UK each year, with a total population of perhaps 100,000. Over just the last six generations inbreeding has removed more than 90% of the variation that once characterised the breed (Frederico Calboli et al., ‘Population structure and inbreeding from pedigree analysis of purebred dogs’, Genetics, 179 (2008), pp. 593-601.

‘Surely, the Kennel Cub maintains control on breeding I hear you cry’. In my opinion, the Kennel Club are about as much use as a chocolate fireguard when it comes to controlling anything. We have effectively become Frankenstein and the pedigree dog Frankenstein’s monster!

It can be almost impossible to judge how your new puppy is going to turn out until maturity, hence the need to select the puppy very carefully and with fine due diligence. If you need advice or practical hands on help with the selection process, I’m available for either.

So, at best, sometimes the only option we have left is to manage the genetic behaviour in the best way possible. It is not easy but I have achieved some positive behaviour improvements and had some contented owners who adjust their expectations and have a happier dog.

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