Aggression IS most of the time perfectly normal behavior. Some dogs exhibit more, some less agressiveness - but it's in them all regardless of breed and size.
Agression or Normal Behaviour
Perfectly normal reaction. Some dogs are more reactive then others. In any case, people should learn that this is NOT the way to approach ANY dog.
Originally Posted by tiff-689
Shyness can have genetic influence as well as environmental. Where did you get your pup from? From three weeks on is crucial for socialisation with people - first with people who raise them then with other people and dogs. However, some dogs are despite all the effort just shy and more reluctant. It's just the way they are. All you can do is keep socialising thropughout their lives with as much positive experience as possible.
I like to think we socialised him a lot when he was little. When we first got him he was very shy, and took a while to warm to my brother and dad. The second time he met one of my OH's male friends, he barked at carried on at him for a good 5 minutes before settling. But he is now great with all of the above people. He is always very wary of strangers (especially males), but just needs to time to be allowed to approach them.
What makes you think he's dominant? "Dominance" changes freequently with dogs he might meet in the park or walks. Actually, I persionally dislike the "D" word, but anyway... It creates lots of confusion and misleads owners more than anything else. I would continue to take him for walks near people, perhaps at first somewhere where there is not many people around. nd as soon as you see someone approaching tell them to stop, turn around and go about your way. However, maybe you should contact a certified professional to work with you and the dog on accepting people who approach. It can be done, but it takes time and lots of patience and of course a thorough knowlege of canine body language and awareness of our human language.
He is generally good with other dogs, just very dominant and excitable. Am just curious if this is normal type behaviour or something i need to get under control? I get a little worried taking him for walks because we pass so many people that always stop to try and pat him, and i can see he is very uncomfortable with this!
I'd like to add one more thing. You know your dog is shy, so you should warn the people that come into your home about him and ask them to leave the dog alone and communicate only if and when the dog approaches them. Outside, you should be extra careful and observant and warn people before they try to pat the dog.
I have a dog that is very wary of new people and yes, he will bite if approached inapropriatelly. The sad part is that he is so cute and tiny and irresistable to most, so sometimes I phisically have to stop people and remind them that they WILL get bitten. If you leave him alone and ignore him, he will come and sniff your legs, walk away and then later he'll be curious and brave enough to approach and seek attention. Then they can slowly let him sniff the hand and pat him, but again I have to warn them not to look at his face directly which people often tent to do - bend over the dog, talk a lot and extend teir arms a lot - very scary for a frightened dog. He's fine with kids though - he's very happy when they come and greets them cheerfully even if he never met them before - as long as they don't try to lift him which I never allow for any dog anyway.
The point is - know your dog, respect the signs that he's sending and don't be shy to tell people in a polite manner to leave the dog alone. If they don't listen and they get bitten - it's really their problem, isn't it. I had a lady come over once (not relatet to me thankfully) who just refused to listen and got bitten FOUR f**in times!!!!! She tought it was cute and I sent her home pissed off because she ruined what I had achieved so far with him.
Last edited by Fedra; 06-21-2011 at 08:34 PM.
Respect and you shall be respected. Animal is always right.