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Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dog breed

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Temperament
What's Good About 'Em,
What's Bad About 'Em

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Temperament, Personality, Behavior, Traits, and Characteristics, by Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2016

This good-natured, high-energy breed is a joy in the right hands, but too much dog when mismatched with someone looking for a couch potato.

Easygoing, but also high-spirited and playful, quick moving and agile, the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is busy indoors and needs plenty of exercise, especially fetching and swimming. Mental exercise (advanced obedience, agility, tracking, field work) is just as important.

His reaction to strangers varies from reserved to curious, but often includes some initial caution. He needs early and ongoing socialization to avoid suspiciousness or timidity.

The Toller is usually fine with other family pets. Although he may chase your cat, he seldom means any harm.

Though bright and clever, most Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are easily distracted and easily bored, while some are strong-willed and dominant, testing the rules to see what they can get away with. You must demonstrate consistent leadership and keep training sessions short, upbeat, and challenging.

As with all retrievers, you must control this breed's tendency to chew on objects and to mouth your hands -- provide a box filled with toys so he can carry something around in his mouth.

When excited or anxious, Tollers tend to whine and "whistle", which can be irritating when done to excess.

If you want a dog who...

  • Is medium-sized, active, and athletic
  • Has a lovely feathered coat in shades of orange/red
  • Is high-spirited and thrives on vigorous athletic activities
  • Is good-natured and dependable
  • Excels in competitive activities such as obedience and agility

A Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever may be right for you.

If you don't want to deal with...

  • Vigorous exercise requirements
  • Rowdiness and exuberant jumping, especially when young
  • Destructiveness when bored or not exercised enough or left alone too much
  • Fearfulness or suspiciousness when not socialized enough
  • Strong-willed mind of his own, requiring a confident owner who can take charge
  • Mouthiness -- carrying and chewing of objects, mouthing your hands
  • Regular brushing and combing
  • Shedding
  • Barking or whining when excited

A Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever may not be right for you.

But you can avoid or minimize some negative traits by
  1. choosing the RIGHT breeder and the RIGHT puppy
  2. or choosing an ADULT dog from your animal shelter or rescue group – a dog who has already proven that he doesn't have negative traits
  3. training your dog to respect you
  4. avoiding health problems by following my daily care program in 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy

More traits and characteristics of the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

If I was considering a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, I would be most concerned about...

  1. Providing enough exercise and mental stimulation. Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers MUST have regular opportunities to vent their energy and do interesting things. Otherwise they will become rambunctious and bored -- which they usually express by becoming destructive.

  2. Mind of their own. Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers may look somewhat like Golden Retrievers, but these breeds are very different in personality. Tollers are intelligent working dogs, capable of learning a great deal, but they have an independent mind of their own and are not pushovers to raise and train. Indeed, they can be manipulative and willful. Some are dominant (they want to be the boss) and will make you prove that you can make them do things. You must show them, through absolute consistency, that you mean what you say.

    To teach your Toller to listen to you, "Respect Training" is mandatory. My Duck Toller Training Page discusses the program you need.

  3. Providing enough socialization. Compared again to Golden Retrievers, most Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers do not greet strangers with blind enthusiasm. Many Tollers, in fact, are standoffish and need extensive exposure to people and to unusual sights and sounds. Otherwise their natural caution can become shyness or suspiciousness.

  4. Grooming and shedding. To keep their feathered coat free of mats, Tollers require regular brushing and combing, and occasional trimming. And they shed quite a bit, so be prepared for vacuuming.

book cover To learn more about training Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers to be calm and well-behaved, consider my dog training book, Teach Your Dog 100 English Words.

It's a unique Vocabulary and Respect Training Program that will make your Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever the smartest, most well-behaved companion you've ever had.

Teaches your dog to listen to you, to pay attention to you, and to do whatever you ask him to do.

book cover My dog buying guide, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, will teach you everything you need to know about finding a healthy Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. Health problems have become so widespread in dogs today that this book is required reading for ANYONE who is thinking of getting a purebred, crossbred, or mixed breed dog.

If you'd like to consult with me personally about whether the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever might be a good dog breed for your family, I offer a Dog Breed Consulting Service.

book cover Once you have your Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever home, you need to KEEP him healthy -- or if he's having any current health problems, you need to get him back on the road to good health.

My dog health care book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy is the book you need.

Raise your dog the right way and you will be helping him live a longer, healthier life while avoiding health problems and unnecessary veterinary expenses.

Please consider adopting an ADULT Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever...

When you're acquiring a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever PUPPY, you're acquiring potential -- what he one day will be. So "typical breed characteristics" are very important.

But when you acquire an adult dog, you're acquiring what he already IS and you can decide whether he is the right dog for you based on that reality. There are plenty of adult Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers who have already proven themselves NOT to have negative characteristics that are "typical" for their breed. If you find such an adult dog, don't let "typical breed negatives" worry you. Just be happy that you found an atypical individual -- and enjoy!

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