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Old 08-11-2004, 10:52 AM
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Unhappy Bula's attitude has changed...

Okay, everytime I take Bula outside, there are always kids out there playing. She has never had a problem with them petting her. As a matter of fact, she loves the attention. But, now when the kids come to pet her, she will just sit there and shake like she is scared. She will have her tail tucked between her legs and won't move. Usually, she's licking the kids and wagging her tail. Now let me infasize, she IS NOT showing any kind of aggession, she's just scared. Do you know why she would just have a sudden change of demeanor?
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Old 08-11-2004, 11:42 AM
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is it possible that one of the kids may have hurt her (accidental or otherwise)...I've noticed that certain dogs learn very quickly about who to be afraid of....and if one of the kids stepped on her tail, etc...she might feel afraid when they come running up to her.
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Old 08-11-2004, 01:11 PM
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It's not just kids. I took her outside last night, and there were two grown men outside and they wanted to pet her, but she wouldn't get anywhere near them. I've never seen anyone hurt Bula, and she is always at my side when other people are around.
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Old 08-11-2004, 09:09 PM
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IF it is a sudden change, it could mean that there is physically something wrong with the dog..Not all the time, but sometimes.. maybe something as small as having a sliver stuck in her paw or something as big as a broken tail (heaven forbid)...but if you notice she keeps acting weird I would check it out with a vet... have him/her do a physical exam on your pup...

Also, if you notice she's really scared..don't force her to deal with those kids or other people she's afraid of since this could (again it depends on the dog) lead her to become aggressive. If a dog is really scared and they feel like they've got no way out, they're going to react by trying to defend themselves in the only ways they know how.
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Old 08-11-2004, 01:11 PM
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Maybe someone esle has hurt her, accidental or otherwise, as Quincy Wisdon said, and Serena. Maybe she got hurt somehow and is just a little nervous, you tried letting the kids sit with her and talk to her and just gently pet her?

I hope she comes right, I am sure the kids didnt meant to hurt her or scare her in any way at all.
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Old 08-11-2004, 01:32 PM
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Well, I sat down in the grass and had Bula on her leash. Bula sat in my lap, and the kids didn't run up to her real fast or anything, they just walked up there and asked me if they could pet her. The only time Bula has ever been around other people without me being there was a few months ago when she ran off. She was gone for 3 days. But like I said, that was a few months ago. I don't know what is wrong.
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Old 08-11-2004, 02:23 PM
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Along with the above suggestions that someone could have hurt her, what about a general negative experience with people? Loud kids, being "pat-pat-patted" on the head, men towering over her?
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Old 08-12-2004, 07:50 AM
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Pitbulliest covered it. Since she's always with you when she's outside, that pretty much rules out someone doing something to her. If she were outside in the fenced area while you're not with her I'd say someone has been tormenting her over or through the fence, possibly even someone like a meter reader, maybe even spraying her with mace or pepper spray.

That's the only explanation I can think of. It speaks volumes of her disposition that she's not reacting aggressively, but as Pitbulliest said, that's always a possibility when a dog feels cornered and threatened, and it's a probability if she decides you're being threatened!

Whatever you do, don't encourage anyone to give her treats. If someone has done something to her through the fence, you don't want to accustom her to taking food from anyone else. You never know what goes through some people's minds! It's really a good idea to teach her to bring anything she wants to eat to you to check first. If you don't know where it came from, substitute a treat.

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Old 08-12-2004, 10:05 AM
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Bula just started acting scared of other people. The only thing I can think of, is the kids next door to my sisters house. On the weekends I take Bula and Dixie to her house and let them play with Harley and Mars in the back yard. That is the only time she is away from me. I hate to say this, but those kids next door are brats!!!! My sister said that they had teased Harley before through the fence. I bet that's what happened. But you just wait, I am going to spy on those little brats this weekend, and they better not be teasing my dogs. (I don't like these little boys. They are mean. One of them punched my 6 year old nephew in the eye)
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Old 08-12-2004, 05:14 PM
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You should definately keep your dog away from kids like that..and the parents should be told that they need to start disciplining their ANIMALS...
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