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 Suprised at Reubens behaviour today

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PostSubject: Suprised at Reubens behaviour today   Sun 30 Aug 2009, 8:55 pm

Today is the first time I have seen Reuben retaliate to an aggressive dog and I am a little shocked. We were at the farmers market and a Wiermariner(spelling?) which was muzzled approached us and went absoloutely ballistic, snarling, growling, barking and jumping to get to Reuben, the woman who was holding it was struggling so much she had to ask her husband to take it from her.

Reuben was pulling me and snarling and growling at it and I was very suprised to see this side of him. I did have thoughts running through my mind as to how he would be with other dogs on the market but he was fine and was playing with a little lab puppy who was adorable.

I did notice a change in his behaviour when we went to Pets at home later, a little shitzu had been barking at him and seemed to be everywhere in the store, when we got to the tills there was another very friendly dog which was barking with excitement and I noticed Reuben was quite stiff and his tail was erect when he met it but once he had a sniff he was not really interested in the dog whereas normally he would have wanted to play, especially as this one was so excited.

He has always been well socialised and we meet dogs every weekend in the park, we don't tend to see many during the week as I don't go to the park very often as it is normally populated with gangs come teatime and I cannot walk far enough yet to take him on the local fields. Do you think weekend meets is ample to keep him socialised? We are back at training classes in approx 4 weeks so he can reaquaint himself with his buddies and probably some new buddies


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PostSubject: Re: Suprised at Reubens behaviour today   Sun 30 Aug 2009, 9:01 pm

Jo the only socializing buffy gets is the odd dog she see's when we take her to the shops and when keith brings Tyzer over , i take her on the field but its very few that will allow their dogs to socialize with her so ruebens getting a lot more than she gets ,
ive not seen her other side and i hope i dont have to luckily the dogs she has met have all been staffys and labs and very placid natured .
but when a dog comes growling and snarling i can understand reuben standing his ground if a woman came at you with handbags swinging what would u do ???
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PostSubject: Re: Suprised at Reubens behaviour today   Sun 30 Aug 2009, 9:10 pm

I think its fine and to be fair after having a morning of a dog really snarling at him, he might have thought oi oi whats on here then, I think I will have a go back. Now I know people will say dogs don't think, but I am not necessarily convinced of that in so many words. I think they act on instinct, yes and if another is invading their space including their hearing space then sometimes if having an off day they are going to have a go back.

Afterwards, he may have been wary that another was going to start with no reson which is why he was more subdued and tail up just in case he had to protect himself, but he didn't he sniffed and ignored, not up for playing today - had a bit of a funny experience earlier.

If we have a bad day with some road rage or someone has a go at us we tend to think about it most of the day, what we should have said what we wished we had said at the time and in the end some innocent person gets more than they bargained for because we are still reeling from before.

This is just my opinion, others will say dogs don't think like that and live for the moment only. Either way I don't think you have anything to worry about. If you are going to training classes again he will soon learn that not all dogs want to have a go for no reason.
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PostSubject: Re: Suprised at Reubens behaviour today   Sun 30 Aug 2009, 9:15 pm

i agree with you i believe dogs think in fact some says dogs are just dogs but they not thye realise when they have been good or naughty before they see or hear you which imo means the dog has thought about what they have done and thought oh poop im in trouble
buffy jumped on james tonight and badley scratched his face but before he opened his mouth she knew she had hurt him and lay by his side licking his hand as if to say sorry
so to me they obviously think about things including other dogs actions
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PostSubject: Re: Suprised at Reubens behaviour today   Wed 02 Sep 2009, 1:05 pm

Jo i love the idea of a woman approaching with handbags swinging lol! but i do see what you mean, if some comes aggressively towards you, you would defend yourself and loved ones!
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PostSubject: Re: Suprised at Reubens behaviour today   Wed 02 Sep 2009, 1:15 pm

used me an old nightclub saying mandy handbags at 20 paces lololololol
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PostSubject: Re: Suprised at Reubens behaviour today   Wed 02 Sep 2009, 4:13 pm

I have a smilie for handbags at dawn, feel free to save it, can't remember where I got it from.

Reuben has done really well considering he came across a Weimaraner that wanted to kill him, especially afterwards when he met the other dogs. Weimaraners can be very aggressive and do a lot of damage, the fact he was muzzled shows that his aggression is well known. She shouldn't have him out if she can't hold him, she is leaving herself open to being sued by someone if he gets away from her, even muzzled dogs can do a lot of damage to another dog, some have even been killed.
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