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Old 02-12-2012, 12:25 PM   #21
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Are you sure he's reacting to the other dog or is there a chance he's reacting to the owner??

Seriously, some dogs are very, very sensitive to both human and canine 'bad guys'.
i'm pretty sure he's reacting to the dog. this is the same dog George snapped at a couple weeks back on my walk. the owner is an older fella, probably in his 60's and he struck me as friendly. his Yellow Lab is 7, so I wonder if the age difference/temperament is why they both reacted with such hostility towards each other. keep in mind that my wife and I have had George for 4 1/2 months now and this Yellow Lab is the first dog he's shown aggression towards (if you don't count the Bulldog he growled at that was biting his ear at the dog park).

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Are you sure he's reacting to the other dog or is there a chance he's reacting to the owner??

Seriously, some dogs are very, very sensitive to both human and canine 'bad guys'.

Over the years I've had some really seriously freaky situations where one of my collies has reacted with threatening behaviour (always from a safe distance) to people only to find out afterwards that they were 'bad guys'!
I have to agree. It could be the person he is reacting to. Our first Collie Buck, was the sweetest dog. My Husband and I used to laugh and say someone could rob our house blind and the dog wouldn't care, as long as he got a pet out of it. He had a reaction to a "guy" and we found out he was also a "bad guy."

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i'm pretty sure he's reacting to the dog. this is the same dog George snapped at a couple weeks back on my walk. the owner is an older fella, probably in his 60's and he struck me as friendly. his Yellow Lab is 7, so I wonder if the age difference/temperament is why they both reacted with such hostility towards each other. keep in mind that my wife and I have had George for 4 1/2 months now and this Yellow Lab is the first dog he's shown aggression towards (if you don't count the Bulldog he growled at that was biting his ear at the dog park).
Not all yellow labs are created equal! And just because the guy appears friendly doesn't mean that he's actually a good guy!! For some reason, George doesn't think too much of the pair. Have you never met someone that you took an instant dislike to?

Seriously, if George has only reacted to 2 dogs in his first 4 1/2 months with you, I wouldn't worry too much about it...in one case it was obvious why he reacted....so now you're down to one dog that he's reacted to for some unknown reason...not too shabby for a rescue with an uncertain past!

I've always figured that my dogs had a pretty good sense of who to like and who not to...well at least in general, they did a pretty poor job of figuring out who I should date...

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First: the infamous growl!
This is a sound that can be made for various reasons. Most people think of a growl as a sign that a dog is vicious. This is falling far short of the full scope of its potential meaning. Obviously a dog can growl as a warning that says 'back off!' When this is the case there is usually a body sign that supports this. One will typically see some of the following: eyes wide and showing the whites, or the hackles (ridge of fur that runs along the spine) rising up, bodying stiffening or going stalk still, lips turning up to bare the teeth, perhaps the tail that was previously wagging stops and changes height either going between the legs or up above the body ... these are a good indication that this dog is feeling uneasy. The warning growl can be serious! Step back and look at the situation. Does it involve food, a toy, a person nearby, another dog? First and foremost: disarm the situation by removing the 'bad stimulus' from your dogs proximity, or your dog from the situation! Do not gamble and let it escalate further! At this point, you know a potential trigger, later you can work on desensitizing.
i've noticed that my dog growls only at certain dogs/individuals and when i'm taking him for walks, either early in the morning when it's still dark out or at night. my guess is that he growls because when he sees (or doesn't see) another dog/person he's in protective mode. he did the same growl when we encountered a raccoon on our walk the other night - both the raccoon and my dog stopped and just looked at each other from a distance, but my dog kept making that low-pitched growl. I had to lead him away because I didn't want to take the chance that the raccoon would try and charge us.

so, is my dog just being over-protective when he growls at other dogs and people that he can't see? I haven't seen him do this during the day or at the dog park, so he clearly gets along great with others, if he can see them.

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Entertaining article, particularly the smile...cats smile too but a dog smile is huge and they laugh too. The best smiles are when you get home and the tail wags the dog. They fold themselves in half wagging and smiling over their shoulders so happy that "You are home home home!!!!!".

The other amusing one is the happy excited whine. Sophie knows when we're driving towards the reservation. It's like a human child going " Are we there yet??? Oooh are we there yet??? There's that turn oooohhhweeee we're almost there!!!!!!". The squealing and whistling is hilarious...

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