Anyone else trust their dog's sense about certain people ??

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    Anyone else trust their dog's sense about certain people ??

    I have 3 dogs, one a now 7 mo old white GS. Only had her 3 months. She is NOT a barker, and seems to mostly love everyone. She's "stealth".... if she thinks someone or something is there (at night, etc) she wants to investigate and then if she sees something, she will bark.

    However, I have a newer neighbors (a couple) , and whenever she sees "HIM", she puffs up and gives a very deep bark .... it's a clear warning to him to come no closer. She does NOT like him at all. He is the ONLY person she does this with.

    My way of thinking is, if she doesn't trust him or like him, then neither do I. I trust a dog's sense about people.

    Wondered if any other dog owners trust their dog's sense of people as much as I do.
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    Your dog is clearly reacting to something. It could be something important or it could be something silly like the hat he wore when your dog first saw him. Unfortunately, there is no way to know. I would certainly advocate additional caution with respect to the guy, the same as if he gave you an uneasy feeling.

    Do others trust and let themselves be influenced by their dogs sense about people? Certainly. Years ago I was on a business trip to help diagnose and repair some equipment. During the trip the sales rep, whom I was traveling with, had to make a stop to visit the end customer and the visit took place at the customer's house. At the time, the company was having difficulties with this customer and the relationship was somewhat hostile. The meeting took place at the kitchen table with his wife and (adult) daughter present, as well as the doberman. For some reason the dog sat about 2 feet from me staring constantly. Then the daughter says, "guys, look, she really likes him. He must be ok." and then hands me a dog toy to throw for the dog. After that, the meeting took a substantially more pleasant atmosphere.

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    Sometimes. Not always. I swear that one of our dogs is a racist. Loves all of our friends but the black ones. Which is weird, seeing as how I'm Asian.


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    Animals sense things that seem beyond us, but I do trust the insight of a good canine.
    I look at it as another part of SA...doesn't mean a bark or growl is bad, just a 'potential' problem...take heed!
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    I trust a dog's sense about people, my dogs are my first alert system at home.
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    For the most part yes.

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    My dog is an idiot... Lucky for him he's cute and we love him. He does bark at anyone that he sees within 1/4 mile of my house, which, since I live in a city with close neighbors (and across the street from an elementary school), is really annoying...especially at 8am and 3pm. Trust his insticts? No. But He'll let me know if someone is trying to get in the house.
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    I worked with hundreds of dogs during my professional dog training career. No, I do not trust their adrenaline over my judgement whatsoever. My own Doberman, Sabre, was so adrenaline-driven that I could literally give him a guard command, exit the room, and be attacked by him upon undisguised re-entry.

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    I've been around dogs for 40 years, and I the majority of the time trust in them when in the middle of the night while in bed they sit up and let loose with a subdued growl. Yes there are false alarms like the wind rattling the trash cans etc. But they are my best friends and live to only want to serve with unconditional loyalty.
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    Absolutely. My dog is equipped with a built-in Dirt Bag Detector that can be activated in seconds.

    All kidding aside, I do think dogs can sense things that humans may be totally unaware of and they certainly try to let us know about it.

    We need to pay attention to it as well.
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    I have to agree with above posters. We are on our 4th Golden Retreiver. This one we've had about 2 months, and she is 18 months old. Still a bit skittish, but will alert to every sound that is not the norm. She is a lover, as all our GR have been, and a big part of the family. My wife and I are both hearing impaired, and she really takes up the slack. She hasn't started to bark yet, but most don't start barking till a bit later. There is nothing that gets by her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Inspector71 View Post
    "A man will walk into hell with both eyes open, but the devil can't fool a dog" - Twilight Zone
    I just researched that quote. From and episode on TZ called "The Hunt". That is one fine string of words.

    I've had multiple dogs over the years that have reacted negatively to certain people...all the time. As was said earlier, might be something real or just a bad memory that the person brings up....or an odor that we can't perceive.
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    In my experience you have to go with your dog's sense. They know. I don't know how they know, but they know.
    I've seen it time after time after time.

    IMO Jo Jo Gunn got it right. Dogs "come equipped with a built in dirt bag detector."
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    I've had at least 4 different dogs over the years and I'd trust each one of them to weed out dirt bags any day of the week. 2 of those dogs (one long since gone) had literally saved my bacon on NUMEROUS occasions because I heeded their instincts about someone and they turned out to be correct. Although one did take a chunk out of an LEO's rear end once...Gotta wonder about that guy
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