Does the Owner's Personality Affect the Dog's Behavior?
"This is a reply to '10 life-threatening behavior myths' in the September 2008 issue of your Veterinary Medicine magizine.
In that article, Valarie Tynes refers to the belief that 'crazy owners have crazy pets' is a myth, citing two articles to show that owner personality does not influence pet behavior problems.
I looked up those two articles cited. One of them, written by Voith et al in the journal Applied Animal Behaviour Science in 1992, was not in fact a study of owner personality, but of anthropomorphising or 'spoiling' behaviors towards dogs such as feeding them treats, letting them on furniture or your bed, etc. While such behavior may be correlated with owner personality, such a correlation was not studied in this article.
The other one, written by Dodman et al in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association in 1996, did study owner's personality, as measured by Myers-Briggs typology, but only studied dominance aggression. Evidently, dominance aggression is not related to owner's personality, but that does not mean other behavior problems aren't.
Therefore, Valarie Tynes does not appear to have sufficient evidence to make such an overarching claim regarding the presence or absence of a correlation between owner personality and behavior problems."