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    Question Do Some Dogs Just Not Like Each Other?

    Sorry everyone....you probably sick of me by now but I have so many questions....and you guys seem to have so many answers....

    Do some dogs just not like each other?

    A little while back we had some aggression problems with Ollie...long story but we got a trainer to help us and we are back down the park off lead having a wonderful time....but there is just one dog.... well two actually.....

    Dog number one is a big bull mastiff...type dog.. sorry I am not very good with breeds. The owner always has it on a lead and I think from the way she behaves it has some behavioural issues...she is really nervous with it and always rushes to put in on the lead when she approaches other dogs....well Ollie goes off his nut when ever we see this dog....bark bark bark....he doesnt go after it just barks....

    The second dog, well its a puppy with no training who went Ollie, so Ollie gave as good as he got until I picked him up and carried him away...other owner did nothing but laught

    All other dogs he is fantastic with...loves to play and run and has very nice manners...so do some dogs, like humans, just not like each other or does Ollie still have a problem....
    Vellela

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    I think so, but some dogs are a lot more tolerant of each other.
    See Roly will tolerate biggers dogs, but not puppies.
    We are basing Lady's 'attacks' on purely, not liking the dog and being less tolerant.
    Not all people get along so why are dogs expected too?
    If I think the dog capabilities are fair and the other owners have agreed, im more than happy to let the dogs sort out what needs to be sorted out. 9/10 times, all they had to do was establish where they were in the chain. Next minutes they're running around playing together.
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    I would take a punt and say that most dogs seem to get along a lot better than us humans! Lol.

    But some don't. Can be failure to socialise early in a puppy's life with lots of other dogs; can be caused by dominance issues; can be caused by sex, breed, genetics etc; and more often that not can be caused by owners who don't understand how a dog's mind works and thinks, or who don't know how to handle different situations with introducing or controlling dogs etc etc...

    The owner of the mastiff (?) at your park may have a reason to not trust their dog off lead around other dogs, that owner may also be overly concerned and nuorotic and could be relaying their problems onto the dog.

    Hey, lots and lots of things, which I'm sure many posters here who are 'in the know' will be able to advise you on.

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    My feeling is that dogs, animals, birds, humans are not all going to get along with everyone they meet.

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    Definatly, my old dog is a breedist lol. cant stand a couple breeds ever since I can remember. Never had an incident with the breeds or anything as a pup so I dont know where it come from.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beau View Post
    Definatly, my old dog is a breedist lol. cant stand a couple breeds ever since I can remember. Never had an incident with the breeds or anything as a pup so I dont know where it come from.
    Lol!
    Yeah I've noticed the two dogs Lady has had biff's with have both been herders. I think Lades must get intimidated by the eyeing off they give each other
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    Hi Vellela

    Some dogs get along with no other dogs. Lots of different reasons why.

    Some little dogs have had bad experiences with certain types of dogs (like big ones), and will freak out when they come near.

    There are a number of dogs that visit one of my favourite ovals, that are extremely badly behaved. They were not taught how to get along with other dogs or children when they were little and are a nightmare off lead. Given that the owners are usually the problem, they rarely understand they need to do something about it or what to do.

    There are some dogs that had really bad experiences and are scared, so lash out because of that. My dog leaves those ones alone or she's really soft and gentle with them. There's a few dogs that only Frosty gets to play with because she's good that way.

    When I see a new dog coming, I try to get Frosty on lead until the greeting phase is over, and I know if it's a friendly dog or a nasty one (and being so "friendly" it beats up all the other dogs until they scream - is nasty).

    I don't think there is any way around this, there will always be some dogs that don't play nice, and some owners too stupid to keep those dogs away from other dogs or get them help.

    Frosty is a bit wary of whippets due to some bad experiences, and a bit careless with Golden Retrievers because they usually play so well. But she heeds warnings from dogs and owners and keeps clear of the ones on lead because they are fearful or savage. Actually she does a lot of crawling for both, but if they growl instead of approaching friendly like - she clears off and leaves them alone.

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    Sure some dogs don't get on. The dog park is one of those places which I describe as "damned if you do and damned if you don't". By that I mean that you expose your dog to other dogs and therefore increase it's ability to socialise with other breeds and temperaments but at the same time you can expose your dog, particularly young dogs, to some bad experiences.

    Some things to be aware of when your dog approaches a dog on lead is that the owner has no tension in the lead, otherwise if the greeting doesn't go well this dog has no other option that to fight, it's flight path has been blocked. It also can't greet the other dog in dog fashion - nose to tail.

    I've turned up to the dog park and on occasion left without going in because I haven't liked the mix of dogs.

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