On another forum, a poster commented that dogs take on personality traits of their owners and that a nervous owner will raise a nervous dog, an aggressive owner will raise an aggressive dog, etc. I disagree and see a dog's attitude develop from: 1) understanding the breed/puppy; 2) building a bond of trust between the owner and dog; and 3) abuse/trauma to the dog. To me, a nervous owner is just as likely to raise an aggressive dog as a nervous dog. While dogs may sense emotions in their owners, that doesn't mean they will reflect those emotions. I believe that thinking as this person does is underestimating dogs. They are not simply a reflection of ourselves, but have emotions and personalities independent of humans. Thought it would be interesting to hear others' thoughts on this.