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Old 04-07-2012, 02:27 PM
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Was walking my dog today and an american bulldog came running at us from someones yard..I wasn't sure if he was going to attack us or not. My dog tried biting/attacking him but I held him back. The other dog never tried to bite just sniff but he wouldn't leave when I told him to go and I didn't get the impression he was friendly. I kept telling my dog to leave it but he didn't listen. Is he wrong for not listening to me or is it normal for him to keep doing that? Would a trained dog do that as well? Thanks
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Old 04-07-2012, 02:35 PM
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Right or wrong? I don't know that it is really either, but I certainly wouldn't be upset with my dog for doing the same thing. Dogs have a right to say "stay out of my space" to other dogs, and, in the ideal world, the other dogs should listen. I have one dog who would easily tolerate such an invasion, and one who I'd practically have to hold above my head to keep her from telling the other dog off for being so rude.

A dog who is trained to stand and tolerate that would stand and tolerate that. I consider my dog trained and, as I said, she wouldn't put up with it. Where her training would come in for her is that, once the dog did back out of her space, she would let it go and come along with me.
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Old 04-07-2012, 02:36 PM
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Your dog wasn't "wrong." He was doing what is absolutely natural for a dog in that circumstance. A very well trained dog can be taught to avert his focus and keep on walking with his owner. You can work on more focusing exercises and teaching him that it's far more interesting to pay attention to you and that he doesn't need to defend himself as long as you're protecting him and he knows it. If a dog shoves his way right close and keeps bothering your dog, even a well trained dog....well, that's a lot to expect him to ignore.
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Old 04-07-2012, 06:07 PM
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It's not wrong it's just him being a dog.

I personally wouldn't like a dog that was that reactive to another just because it was trying to check me out and sniff us.

Yoshi get's pretty huffy and growly when the neighbor dogs come over but if she was lunging and trying to bite/attack I'd take it as a sign to just go straight home.
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