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i was wondering if anyone new of specific blood tests that can be done to check a dobermans temperment. we have had a few issues where our dog has gotten really up set for no reason. (go to give him a hug but he doesnt not always get upset when we do this)

If anyone can help we would really appreciate any input.

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If he is upset with a hug he thinks e is dominant. Get yourself a professional trainer, sOmething in your approach with him is most likely causing this.

You can not test for temperament in genetics, it is still a scientific debate (nature vs nurture) in humans and most cases with dogs behavior problems it's our fault, not their genetics

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It's probably a dominance thing like jeshykai suggested. If it was a temperament issue- he would be acting out in many more ways more than likely. 

If he is jumping or snapping his mouth at you - just try building a relationship with him. (Like she said- probably through training). Are the issues you are having all when you touch him? 

Maybe you are too quick grabbing him? 

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Many dogs do not like hugs... Some like it, some will tolerate it, but their body language says they don't like it (even if they allow it no questions asked) and some hate it.  You have to think in terms of DOG language, not human language.  You say he got upset for no reason, and that's not true.  He got upset because you hugged him.  My guess is you're doing other things that your dog doesn't like, and you're not picking up the signs... I would suggest immediatly getting a trainer to help you understand what you are potentially doing wrong.

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I don't know how old your Doberman is, but thyroid deficiencies can influence behaviour so that's the only blood test I can think of for you to try.  There may be other canine illnesses that influence how your dog is feeling and how he reacts to certain things if he were in pain, so I guess the thing to do is talk to your vet about it. 

I had a friend at one time who had a boarding kennel, and they used to care for a hypothyroid akita from time to time.  She used to say that if that dog didn't get its thyroid meds on time, there was a definite shift in its attitude, and not for the better. 

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Agreeing w/ KevinK---some dogs just do NOT like to be hugged.

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thank you all for the input. i did talk to the vet this morning who had some similar input and said that we can do chem levels and a full thyroid test. our vet had suggest that he is maybe taking a pact approach when he does this and suggested a behavorial specialist for dutch.

we do have a trainer and have been working with him for a year. last week when we had a session we decide we are going to approach some different methods and we are keeping tracking of evertime dutch reacts (atmoshere, what wa going on his mood during the day etc.)

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Let us know how it goes algiambra! Everyday is a new day for success. Can I ask what other issues are you having? Is it just hugging? If there are more, I am sure one of us on this forum have experienced somewhat the same at some point!

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Skye only likes hugs when SHE wants them... if she doesn't want one... be ready for the baby bear whines!!!!! lolz  Good luck in your search for an answer!!