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    RileyJ

    That is fricking scary but not very surprising. I always wonder if Frosty would lick to death someone who is threatening me or attack them... She got very confused by a bloke down the park who started out completely misguided on all things dog (eg whether desexing his puppy or even having a litter with it was a good idea), he started off friendly and then became a complete nut job and would scream and yell at his dog and sometimes other people at the park (me). Frosty tried to calm him down by licking him... went well not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Di_dee1 View Post
    Yeah? Wonder why mine couldn't stand a friend of ours for a few years when we always welcomed him warmly. They adore him now though.
    I don't think everything is that black or white though.
    I would agree. It also seems to be dependent on the personality of the dog and I own multiple breeds that appear to have distinct features not influenced by me. My Border collies will love anyone even people I dislike, very annoying LOL. What one of them does react to is if a person is afraid of her, she will quickly backoff.

    Several of my cattle dogs have tended to be standoffish to good friends untill we have seen them a couple of times and then they give them a warm welcome or one was simply not interested and was neutral. One however is very calm and welcoming to stranger even if the other dogs are barking. She was a dog I trained in obedience to have a rock solid stand for examination by all manners of strangers, so it seemed to be a trained response.

    One of my cattle dogs however was very good at picking up vibes from when I was concerned about a certain person, but usually that person was a stranger moving threateningly into out personal space. She would make it her business to warn. Not all dogs have the ability and confidence to do this, she had distinct personality traits that were different to my other dogs. She was a stable confident dog in normal situations. She was probably the dog most likely to be able to read what was going on.

    My Border collies will run agility for anyone, my cattle dogs and rescues not on your life. The jury is still out for me on all this stuff.

    They do know when I am cross though and certain words I use when angry and I just have to say those words and they react, even if it is not them I am cross at.

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    I suspect my cattle dog x might be one of those who invites the bad guys in with a smile but doesn't let them leave.

    My fave story on the subject is still the one 99bottles told about her dog peeing on the stuff belonging to a family member that she didn't like much. The dog knew exactly what she thought of that family member and was quite happy to act on it even if that wasn't her plan.

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