When we were kids, I used to make my sister – my younger sister – ask the librarian for the book I wanted because I just couldn’t do it. In the almost three years since we’ve lived in this town, we’ve ordered sushi, pizza, or Chinese once a week. Yet, I have never once made the call.
Anything I can order online, I do. Due to the invention of drive-thru Starbucks, I never have to wait for my latte standing in a crowded coffee shop. It’s not that I don’t like people. Of course I do. It’s just overwhelming for me to stand in a big long line, waiting to order my drink, fearing that the guy in front of me will start in on some small talk.
My extroverted husband and my wildly, crazily extroverted sister will never understand this. In fact, introverts are able to empathize with extroverts, but the reverse is not true. I think this article, “Caring for Your Introvert,” should be required reading for all extroverts.
Anyway, I started thinking today… Could this be true about dogs? Are dogs considered introverts or extroverts?
Those of us who have loved dogs know that their personalities vary widely. I have three sleeping in the office with me right now who are all completely different from one another, much like my siblings and I are entirely different.
Emmett loves meeting new people and he loves bossing around new dogs. If anyone is in his vicinity, he wants to meet them. Right. Now. He wants to introduce himself, lay his head on their knee, collect treats and scratches. Classic extrovert.
Lucas, on the other hand, seems standoffish around new people. He hangs back. Sometimes he hides. He will meet and greet when he feels comfortable. After a busy day – say we have a cookout at our house – he will crawl into his bed and sleep off the overwhelm. Classic introvert.
Curious, I conducted exhaustive research* into the topic. There is a ton of research out there into the types of pets introverts vs. extroverts choose. Turns out, studies show introverts gravitate toward cats. Huh.
But I wasn’t able to find much about introversion or extroversion in dogs. I’m still curious, though, so I may have to poke around next time I’m at the library.
Then I’ll make John ask the librarian for the books I want.
What do you think? Do you think your dogs are introverted or extroverted? How does that compare to how you describe yourself?
*tapped a couple keywords into Google