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    Talking Its amazing the difference knowledge can make!

    As many of you know, Koda is always nervous around strangers. He usually warms up to women within a minute or so, but he really doesn't like men at all. I had a bunch of friends over a while ago, there were only two men that came and Koda already knew one of them. But the other guy, Koda really didn't like him. So i told him to sit down and let koda come to him and not make sudden movements. But every time Koda came a little bit close to him, my friend would reach out fast to pat him... and koda panicked and backed away. I kept telling my friend to just wait for Koda to come to him but every time he just ignored what i had said. Later on we were all mucking around and this particular friend started running around, i looked over to see that Koda was running around low to the ground, staring at my friend! I panicked and yelled at everyone to stop running straight away. I called Koda over to me and calmed him down, then i locked him in his yard which is separate from where we were.

    So after that incident i was basically convinced that Koda would always be like that with men but today my uncle came over.
    My uncle is a real dog lover and he has a Greyhound who is very much a nervous dog like Koda is, so he knows how to behave around nervous dogs. Koda reacted the same way to my uncle as he did to my friend at first. But my uncle just sat contently and let Koda come to him while he spoke to him soothingly Within 5 minutes Koda was following him around asking for pats on his rump! it was amazing! I am so pleased, cause it just showed me that Koda really just needs a chance to understand that men are nice and can bring great rewards

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    The thing that amazes me is that they can tell the difference between a man and a woman!
    How do they do that???

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    Quote Originally Posted by grevillea47 View Post
    The thing that amazes me is that they can tell the difference between a man and a woman!
    How do they do that???
    i dont really know... i guess there would be some kind of different smell. Considering that dogs have such a strong sense of smell.
    I know of many dogs that don't like men, so they must be able to tell some how.

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    My dog said she wanted to eat the pea straw man today. He made the mistake of following me through the gate into our back yard and Frosty objected big time.

    Eventually I persauded man to stand side on and not stare at her or loom and she calmed down a lot, and so I praised and put her inside which she wasn't very thrilled about.

    I think part of the problem is - the "opposition reflex" - ie holding the dog's collar and preventing her from lunging at whatever just winds the dog up and gets her more excited. But I can't let her go either. And I can't get distance if bloke follows her. I think he was quite disappointed he wasn't going to get a pat, but he did almost everything wrong by coming into her space uninvited. It's a very cattle dog thing. But if people don't understand what they need to do (eg listen) - then it all goes to hell at high speed.

    It doesn't help that the lawn mower man likes to wind her up too. She doesn't get a lot of practice with visitors coming to my place, and I'm quite happy for her to suggest she's going to eat the door to door sales people.

    And it's hard to train her not to do it, when you have to train the visitor first.

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