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    Default Any Behaviour Specialists Out There?

    Hi guys just have a question if anyone would care to answer it for me.

    Today we took sasha to her first trip to the entrance, which is somewhere we go at least once a month with the kids. We live 20 minutes away.

    As people who have been to the Entrance before know, it is a popular place for people to take their canine friends.

    Anyway Ill keep it short, Sasha met many "larger" friends today and was the happiest pup ( she is almost fully grown though-cocker spaniel) playing with all the large breeds.. Then we came across Samson ( kind owner shared his name etc) who is a 9 month old cavalier male. Very pretty I might add. He was very boisterous and wanted to play.. ALOT, but all sasha wanted to do was run away or hide between or behind mine or my OH's legs.

    I dont understand this?? he was very friendly, the same size as her and only wanted to play. Like I said he was boisterous, however a few of the larger dogs ( of what i can remember a dalmation and a larger cross breed) were also boisterous and she joint in the fun with them and had a ball.

    Any ideas on what made her act like this toward the cav??

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    She might have been tired. When Roxie has had enough of Jackaroo, she runs and hides. Is Sasha domineering? If she isn't, she might not be comfortable with dishing out a little tough love growl or snap. By hiding behind you, the alpha, she's letting you take responsibility for the situation.

    Did you meet any other dogs after the cav? Did anything happen before meeting the cav, any snapping or growling from another dog, even in play?

    She also just might not have liked him. She won't like everyone she meets

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    samson was around the middle of all the meetings, appromately 8-10 dogs all day she had met he would have been maybe 5th??? No there was no growling or any undesirable behaviour from any of them, all were very playful apart from one who was an older dog and they just had their sniffing session for five minutes.

    Sasha is more the submissive type, she rolls over when she first meets them and lets them sniff her all over before she tries to play with them. but never runs off or cowers between my legs, it was just very odd.
    I got so excited too when i saw him i said look sash another spaniel!!!! Maybe like you have said she just didnt like him...

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    well i guess it depends on the body language of the other dog i guess.
    something she didnt feel comfterable with

    sometimes never know what they are thinking at time.
    just have him visit every now and then, till she is comferterable and go's upto him.

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    She may have taken your body language from being excited as something else, like tense. Strangely enough there is another thread floating around about dogs liking their own breeds more so than others.

    If her behaviour after the meeting was normal, then I wouldn't stress about it. It's just one of those things that we might never figure out about our beloved hounds

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    I subscribe to the simplistic notion that not all dogs will like each other just as we humans don't like every person we meet.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Di_dee1 View Post
    I subscribe to the simplistic notion that not all dogs will like each other just as we humans don't like every person we meet.
    Yes its may be simple to think that, however their may have been more indepth answer as to why she didnt like him or his behaviour!

    Thanks for repeating what others had already explained though.

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    well, she might like him but is unsure of his display?

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    If your girl is a submissive type, she may have been reading more into his body language than you realised... he may have been playing the mating game... unless you can read the signs exactly its hard to tell why she didn't like his way of playing... I wouldn't worry about it too much, just try to ignore it and be sure not to praise her while she is acting like that... dogs are able to read each other better than we will ever...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kimbastaff View Post
    If your girl is a submissive type, she may have been reading more into his body language than you realised... he may have been playing the mating game... unless you can read the signs exactly its hard to tell why she didn't like his way of playing... I wouldn't worry about it too much, just try to ignore it and be sure not to praise her while she is acting like that... dogs are able to read each other better than we will ever...
    thanks very much for that post it was very informative, like i said it was just very strange to watch, there had to be alot more going on in "her mind" about his behaviour that i- as a human- was just not getting!

    thanks again

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