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Thread: Too Friendly for Her Own Good?

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    Default Too Friendly for Her Own Good?

    We have changed the route of our daily walk, and are now walking along a really busy easement/dog walking pathway (on lead). Mulli gets so excited every time she sees another dog, but the more dogs we pass the more she's starting to not almost burst a blood vessel to go and say hello! She is so eager to play and always friendly and we have lots of laughs with others out for a walk.

    This morning, as we approached a huge german shepard, she once again started to get excited, but this dog seemed to become really vicious towards her and I was very thankful it was on a lead, and it's owner had firm control, and actually made it lay down very quickly.

    I just kept walking giving them a wide berth and kept Mulli alongside, the whole time she was wagging her tail and trying to get closer to the dog - showing no signs at all of backing off when the GSD looked like it would attack her given half the chance. I realise I'm presuming that's what the dog could have done, I don't know, but it worried me a little that Mulli didn't seem wary or warned off by the behaviour at all. I also realise that I need to have firm control of her whilst on the lead - we're getting there! But as for her friendly reaction to what seemed like an extremely unfriendly dog - is that normal?

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    I've been working with Rufus on "leave it" and "wait". He is very friendly but off lead at the park he will stop if I call when he runs over to other dogs playing.

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    HB, some dogs are bred whose characteristics, otr traits for a better word, do not have one ounce of aggression in them. Particularly if those dogs have then be reared in an environment where aggression has never been seen or encountered.

    You on the other hand ARE aware that not all dogs are overly friendly towards each other, and some dogs with aggression would gladly rip Mulli apart.
    Take Zed for instance (not to mention many others I've known) if he had not been on lead and under VERY FIRM control when out walking he would have gladly destroyed ANY other dog he saw, no matter how much they were wagging their tails at him, being submissive or whatever else. That unfortunately was his nature, as it is the nature of some dogs.
    You did the right thing giving the dog a wide birth.

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    We're onto 'leave it' but didn't think of applying it with another dog or passer by, just inanimate 'I must sniff it and sniff it longlingly now' kinda things - good tip!

    Thanks DA, hadn't really thought of it that way, just thought she would 'know'.

    Cheers folks

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