LOL thats my issue too, being loud and rough and stern. Im fun too, but even when Im fun Im loud and rough. I had pit bulls and they ate it up, and then I had other breeds like Shepherds and a BC mix and a Collie and my mere presence hurt their feelings and made them anxious. I definitely figured out that I needed to stay in the Bull breed family, Bullies, Pits, Frenchies, Staffords, Oldes, etc. They have the emotional fortitude to not wilt when you shout =D How have I never met a pointer of any flavor before? what the frell???