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    Take the “Canine-Ality” Test

    For help in choosing your ideal dog, the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) created a color-coded “Canine-Ality" survey as part of their “Meet Your Match” program. Many shelters offer this test which matches the adoptable dog with the adoptive human parent. The following information gives you an idea of the basic types of dog personalities to look for in your dog profile from a dog’s point of view. Visit www.aspca.org for more information.

    PURPLE

    • COUCH POTATO
      Like the easy life? Then I’m the perfect match for you. I’m a relaxed, laid back kind of dog who enjoys long naps, watching movies, curling up on laps, and walking very short distances from the couch to the food bowl and back.
    • TEACHER’S PET
      I’ve got the whole package – smart, fuzzy, four legs, love to learn, and live to please. Go ahead teach me anything. Sit, stay, balance your cheque-book, I can do it all. Keep me entertained and I’ll be yours forever.
    • CONSTANT COMPANION
      Looking for an emotionally secure, mutually satisfying, low maintenance relationship? I am all you need. Let me sit at your feet, walk by your side, and I’ll be your devoted companion forever.

    ORANGE

    • WALLFLOWER
      Shy yet charming canine searching for patient owner with relaxed lifestyle. Looking for gentle guidance to help me come out of my shell. Treat me sweet and kind and I’ll blossom.
    • BUSY BEE
      I’m a naturally playful, curious, and trusting canine. Take me for a big walk every day; give me something to do. After my job’s done, I’ll curl up in front of the fire with you in the evenings. I’m a dog on a mission to please you and myself.
    • GOOFBALL
      I’m a fun-loving, happy-all-the-time, glass-is-half-full kind of dog looking for someone who loves to laugh and play around. Must have a great sense of humor and a bunch of tennis balls.

    GREEN

    • GO-GETTER
      Want to get more exercise? Action is my middle name. My "Let’s GO!" lifestyle will keep you motivated to get outside and move. I’ve got tons of energy, and just like the sun, I’m burning and working 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I’ll run for miles, chase a ball for hours, and still want to play at the end of the day.
    • LIFE OF THE PARTY
      I think everything is fun, interesting, and meant for play, especially you. Anything you do, I’ll want to do too. With my own brand of surprises, life with me will keep you constantly on your toes, and the fun is guaranteed.
    • FREE SPIRIT
      Intelligent, independent, confident, and clever, I prefer making my own decisions but will listen to you if you make a good case. We’re partners in this adventure. Treat me like one and we’ll both live happily ever after.

    WHAT COLOR BEST MATCHES YOU?
    Click here to fill out the ASPCA Meet Your Match questionnaire to hand to the shelter staff to help with your adoption.

    TO RESEARCH DOG BREEDS :
    Click here .

    AT THE SHELTER:
    Go in with attitude of adopting one dog, not rescuing all of them. No guilt, this is a happy occasion. If the shelter is smelly or dirty, ask shelter staff to bring the dog to you in a quieter, cleaner place. There is usually some type of space set aside for this. Give the dog a good 30 minutes to get over his excitement of being removed from his cage before you make any personality judgements. An exuberant dog may calm down, a frightened dog may open up. If possible, take him for a walk. Physical appearance can always be changed with bathing, grooming, weight gain or weight loss. Ask shelter staff everything they know about the dog. Not all information is posted on the cage card.

    Janine Allen
    Rescue Me Dog Trainer

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