Jester: A master of funny faces and goofy expressions, always bringing smiles to everyone around

As a dog walker or a day care worker, you quickly become acquainted with a whole spectrum of canine characters. Here’s a cheeky rundown of the usual suspects you might encounter. So, which of these beloved doggy archetypes best describes your four-legged friend?

1. The Social Butterfly

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This dog has never met a stranger! The Social Butterfly can be found wiggling into every conversation with a wagging tail and boundless enthusiasm. If your strolls are endlessly prolonged because your pup must greet every living soul, you’ve got a Social Butterfly on your lead.

2. The Old Soul

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Often found lounging in a sunbeam or calmly observing the youthful exuberance around them, the Old Soul is wise beyond their years—or breeds. They provide judicious licks and a measured approach to life, offering a soothing influence over the more rambunctious types.

3. The Ball Obsessed

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Throw. Fetch. Repeat. The dog obsessed with balls has one true love, and yes, it’s perfectly spherical. They’ll drop a slobber-soaked ball at your feet, eyes brimming with unwavering expectation. Is your home littered with balls hidden under every conceivable piece of furniture? You know who you are.

4. The Escape Artist

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These are the Houdinis of the dog world, capable of escaping from nearly any situation or confinement. If you find yourself fortifying your garden more than enjoying it, chances are you’re dealing with an Escape Artist.

5. The Drama Queen

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Every playgroup boasts one: the Drama Queen. A simple brush of a tail or a missed treat can unleash a performance worthy of an award. If you often find yourself explaining, “They’re just very expressive,” then you live with a Drama Queen.

6. The Bashful Bookworm

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Shy, reserved, and happier observing the antics from a distance, the Bashful Bookworm might take their time to warm up. But once they do, their loyalty knows no bounds. Have a quiet shadow that’s constantly nearby? That’s your Bashful Bookworm.

7. The Class Clown

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This dog lives for a laugh. With antics that keep the whole crowd entertained, the Class Clown is indispensable for lightening the mood. Tripping over their feet? Absolutely. Misjudging jumps? Without a doubt. Life is never dull with a Class Clown around.

8. The Overachiever

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First in class and top of every game, the Overachiever shines in agility and training sessions. They might make you look like a professional dog trainer, but truthfully, they’re just exceptionally eager to please.

9. The Protective Patroller

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Always on guard, this dog takes their duty very seriously. Every squirrel, postman, or jogger is quietly (or not so quietly) monitored. Peace of mind comes standard with your very own Protective Patroller.

10. The Love Bug

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This type craves affection more than anything else. If your dog is happiest curled up on a lap (no matter their size) and you frequently trip over a furry companion who just wants a cuddle, you’re blessed with a Love Bug.

11. The Lone Wolf

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Sometimes a dog prefers their own company. The Lone Wolf might interact briefly, but they’re just as content exploring solo. If your dog’s motto seems to be “I need space,” then you might have a Lone Wolf.

12. The Water Baby

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Puddles, ponds, pools—if it’s wet, they’re in it. The Water Baby can be a challenge to keep dry but a delight to watch as they splash about. Always have a towel ready? Then you probably have a Water Baby.

13. The Sniffer

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This dog’s nose is perpetually to the ground. Driven by scent, they can track a trail faster than you can ask, “Where’s the ball?”. If walks are less ‘walk’ and more ‘stop and sniff’, you’re navigating Sniffer territory.

14. The Jumper

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Why walk when you can leap? The Jumper finds joy in defying gravity, often at the most unexpected moments. If “Get down!” is a frequent command in your lexicon, you likely have a Jumper.

15. The Couch Potato

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Every group has its lounger, and in the doggy world, it’s the Couch Potato. This dog excels at relaxation, turning snoozing into an art form. If your sofa sports a permanent dog-shaped indentation, the Couch Potato rules your home.

16. The Gentle Giant

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Big, bumbling, and as gentle as they come, the Gentle Giant might intimidate with their size but melts hearts with their soft demeanour. Their bark is definitely worse than their bite, often because it’s the loudest thing about them.

17. The Greedy Guts

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Food is the ultimate motivator for this dog. They can hear a treat bag opening from leagues away and seem to have an endless stomach. Always on patrol for dropped crumbs? That’s the Greedy Guts for you.

Who’s Walking Who?

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Do any of these characters sound like your own dog? Each one brings their unique brand of joy (and challenge!) to our lives, making every day an adventure in pet parenting. Let’s celebrate the diversity and the amusement they bring into our lives. After all, isn’t that what makes dog walking such a delight?

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