Dog Personalities Change with Age


I’m Clinton Griffiths with today’s AgDay Minute.

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Our personalities can change a bit over time and now, it appears your dogs can as well. A new study published in “Scientific Reports” finds a dog’s personality changes as they age. It says they become less active and less curious. Researchers coming to that conclusion after looking at the personality of 217-border collies ranging in age from six months to fifteen years. Results show attentiveness and problem solving improved until the age of six. Excitement and enjoyment for new situations declined after the age of 3. But the desire to socialize remained the same.

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