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Old 01-12-2012, 09:29 AM
 
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Any of you have a dog that picks certain types, or dogs with a certain look that they, in a split second, decide that they don't like? I wish I knew what it was that causes it!

I have a 2 year old male dog (neutered) who does this. Some dogs, he can hang around and be just fine, but then that "one dog" comes in, and he instantly turns into a jerk! It's almost as if he's profiling them or something.

My boy, is a pit mix, and has a lean, cut look. Well...it seems that MOST of the dogs that dislikes, have that same kind of look...and he HATES Great Danes (such beautiful dogs)! I'm thinking that with the Danes, it's because they're MUCH bigger than he is, and he feels intimidated.

Last night, was his first night of a new class (Foundation Agility ), and there were a total of 7 dogs in class, counting him. He was fine with 6 of the other 5. The one that he has taken an immediate disliking to (he decided as soon as the other dog entered the room, BEFORE the other dog even acknowledged him) is a 5 month old Doberman.

He REALLY took up an attitude about that little youngster. I just don't get it. Even when the Doberman was paying no attention to my boy...I kept having to redirect him from staring him down. He didn't mind the other dogs, just this one.

Any thoughts on WHY he's being so crazy this way?
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Old 01-12-2012, 09:36 AM
 
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Any of you have a dog that picks certain types, or dogs with a certain look that they, in a split second, decide that they don't like? I wish I knew what it was that causes it!

I have a 2 year old male dog (neutered) who does this. Some dogs, he can hang around and be just fine, but then that "one dog" comes in, and he instantly turns into a jerk! It's almost as if he's profiling them or something.

My boy, is a pit mix, and has a lean, cut look. Well...it seems that MOST of the dogs that dislikes, have that same kind of look...and he HATES Great Danes (such beautiful dogs)! I'm thinking that with the Danes, it's because they're MUCH bigger than he is, and he feels intimidated.

Last night, was his first night of a new class (Foundation Agility ), and there were a total of 7 dogs in class, counting him. He was fine with 6 of the other 5. The one that he has taken an immediate disliking to (he decided as soon as the other dog entered the room, BEFORE the other dog even acknowledged him) is a 5 month old Doberman.

He REALLY took up an attitude about that little youngster. I just don't get it. Even when the Doberman was paying no attention to my boy...I kept having to redirect him from staring him down. He didn't mind the other dogs, just this one.

Any thoughts on WHY he's being so crazy this way?
It could be the general carriage of the great dane. They have a normal head up, ears up, tail up regal look to them which your dog may be intimidated by which in turn causes his defenses to go up. Rotties, and other pits especially those that are well defined had their ears up etc show this same kind of regality that could look like a challenge to your dog.
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Old 01-12-2012, 09:53 AM
 
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It could be the general carriage of the great dane. They have a normal head up, ears up, tail up regal look to them which your dog may be intimidated by which in turn causes his defenses to go up. Rotties, and other pits especially those that are well defined had their ears up etc show this same kind of regality that could look like a challenge to your dog.

That's kind of what I was thinking also. The Doberman that came in, had his tail up, and was trotting along quite proudly for only being 5 months old. There's another dog in this class, that we went through CGC with, and he's got the same reaction to her, though not as intense. She's a mix with what looks like maybe a Rhodesian Ridgeback, and he doesn't care much for her either. I'm thinking that I'll have to be adding Dobermans to the list of dogs to keep clear of. It's really funny though...one of his best friends is a pittie mix that's built almost identical to him! lol
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Old 01-12-2012, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Northern MN
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It could be the sex of the dog, past experiences with the dog and the dogs body language.

Dogs give quick indicators that you may not see
regardless if the hackles are up
They will quickly flash their teeth. You may not even see it ,some do it to quickely.
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Old 01-12-2012, 03:20 PM
 
Location: Port Charlotte, FL
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I had a golden retriever/beagle mix dog weighing 35 pounds. I got him at a dog shelter when he was 18 months old. For some reason he always hated large white dogs. He would almost go after them like he was going to attack them. He would bark and growl and leap toward them when we were walking around the block. There were 2 large white dogs in our neighborhood and he would do it to either one. Even though they were friendly dogs.

The place we adopted him said he was a stray found running the streets of Manhattan. He had some cuts and scratches/scars on him. I think maybe he must have gotten into it with a large white dog at some point in his life.

So it could be a past experience with another dog or the fact that they were all males.
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