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A companion dog, as the name suggests, provides companionship as a pet rather than specific tasks like service dogs do. Their primary role is that of a companion, rather than a worker. Any dog can be a companion dog, regardless of the breed and size, but there are certain types that are considered to be ideal companions and service dogs.
What makes an ideal companion dog?
An ideal companion dog is considered to have high levels of obedience and affection. The way to test a dog’s suitability as a companion is by performing obedience trials, starting from the very basic commands such as “heel,” “sit,” “stand,” “stay,” and “come.” At more advanced levels, dogs are asked to jump, identify and carry specific objects, respond to signals and retrieve items. Although there isn’t a one-size-fits-all definition of an ideal companion dog, there are some criteria by which a dog would be more desirable over others.
There’s a variety of factors involved with how well a person will interact with a dog, and these are mainly:
Level of socialization – A socialized dog will interact well with humans and other animals, which makes the dog safer to be around and easier to get along with.
Trainability – All dogs can be trained with patience and consistency. However, some dogs are naturally more obedient and easier to train.
Personality and temperament – Just like humans, dogs have their own set of personality traits, and although these traits are individual, there are some mutual personality traits that most dogs of a certain breed share.