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My experience with rescue dogs has now led me to believe that the temperament a dog is born with is all important. A dog who has been made fearful, aggressive and hyper by bad management can be retrained and turned around if his temperament was basically sound. If he was born nervy, easily overwhelmed and prone to over reacting, I would cut my losses nowadays, but it is very difficult to tell what the basic temperament of a dog is by the time you are looking at a scared aggressive adult unless you have loads of experience and are half dog yourself. I admit I have just been plain lucky with the one I have. She wants to work with me, she wants to trust, she wants to fit in, she responded amazingly quickly to retraining by a specialist behaviourist to cure her fear biting (humans) and never regressed. She has learnt to be steady in exciting scenarios. Without the right temperament, I would have had to have her euthanised, no question.
 
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