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    Quote Originally Posted by patkelly4370 View Post
    Do the dogs sense the cues from the 'evil' subject?
    Or are they reacting to cues from their pack leader towards a certain person?
    I had a doberman that liked everyone, except for one coworker that I didn't like. He was the only person he ever growled at.

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    I would agree with that except for the times our dogs alerted on people when I wasn't in sight.
    We were in a cafe one morning and our Lab was in the back of the truck. This dog went out of its way to greet everyone she met. But along came our town thief. When he got within 20 ft of her truck she became 70 lbs of snarling teeth! Even though I knew who he was, she could not see me and had never had any contact with him before. So she wasn't reacting to any one else's cues but hers and the town thief.
    I have had this happen several times. There is something they sense about them, And I have learned to trust that. DR

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    Another example; my 10 yo (at the time) black lab LOVED CWOUSCG from the day she met him. Those two took to each other like he had raised her as a puppy! I think dogs know lots of stuff, I don't think folks give them the credit they deserve. I don't care if ppl want to dress up their dogs either - gosh just look at folks going around with blue/pink hair + cartoon all over their bodies and holes put where I did not know a hole could be put so why is there problems if somebody wants to put a t-shirt on a dog?! Had a yellow lab I use to put make-up on, was hilarious and she enjoyed the attention.

    Dogs smile too, only intelligent animals will smile IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Geezer View Post
    I trust a dogs instincts. Nearly all the dogs I've owned accepted people that were "introduced", but the English Bulldog was the only one I had that went out of his way to make friends and influence people. Now, we did have a German Shepard that always positioned himself between my wife and anybody in the room, even family. He wasn't a vicious dog until he saw a dark skinned person - then he went crazy. He had no contact with anybody like that, but his hatred was impressive. If one had been caught in the back yard, all that would have been left would be small pieces of cloth. Strangely, dogs like me, but ALL horses hate me with a passion.
    I had a St. Bernard years ago that didn't like black people. I have no idea why, she was OK with a few of my black shipmates who would come over to the house but in general she was a racist!


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    My dog is very attentive, aggressive, protective, and intelligent. She has a large “vocabulary” (words and sentences she understands).

    She’s a great watchdog, watches everything, which can be a pain when you just want her to pee so you can go back in the house. It’s beyond any dog I’ve ever had, and I’ve had some very good dogs. Kyrie watches people/cars/dogs/boats hundreds of yards away; across canals and down other streets. She picked up on “up” while still a pup, and can pick up on squirrels, owls, or whatever.

    That progressed soon from watching birds flying, then small planes and helicopters. When she got to commercial jets flying so high you couldn’t hear the sound, I thought that’d be it. It was, until a few months ago. I was walking her at night, and when the leash tightened, I stopped, expecting to see her doing her business, but she was looking up. At the moon, and it wasn’t a full moon.

    I’ve trained her a good bit (and she’s trained the wife's puppy), but I’ve never trained her to attack, figuring her protective nature would take care of that, if necessary.

    Turns out it wasn’t necessary, twice in two days, I had occasion to become vocally and physically aggressive. As soon as that happened, she went from sitting/watching, to being at the end of her leash on her hind legs, front feet clawing (she uses them like hands all the time), snapping and snarling. She was apparently picking up on, and responding in like fashion to, my behavior/emotions.

    She’s also quite a smiler, and loves kids, even ones she’s never seen before.

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    I believe dogs have abilities that we no longer have because we are 'civilized,' for instance, we were renting a house on an Air Force base after Hurricane Harvey. Two ladies, from the office, came by to make sure the house was suitable, both our dogs went nuts as we ushered the ladies in. The dogs were cool with repair people, utility people. There was something about these ladies that alarmed them. Of course, how do we really know what animals think?
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    I do believe that dogs can sense a person's character. I have a black german shepherd and border collie mix, she is very smart and can judge people. It's just not strangers, it's family members as well. She won't let my father-in-law into the yard, as well as next door neighbor's grandsons. She will let in our landlord, which hardly ever comes by, she will let my next door neighbor in and some of my family. Some family members, even though they come over a lot, she don't like and keeps an eye on 'em and growling till they get in the house. My cat is the same way, most of the people the dog don't like, the cat don't like either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CDW4ME View Post
    You think dogs can judge the character of a person?
    Ex: "If my dog don't like somebody ... "

    My English Bulldog likes everybody; he is my 4th and all Bulldogs I've owned loved everybody, so I assume Bulldogs suck at judging character.

    My GSD is only 13 months old and so far he has been okay with anyone out in public that wanted to pet him.
    Maybe he sees me talking normally friendly to the person and since I appear okay with them he is too.
    Perhaps the GSD has only interacted with "good" people, unlikely but possible.
    Maybe the GSD is too young to have honed his character evaluation, or maybe he cant judge character and likes anyone I act friendly toward.

    You think there is any merit to "If my dog don't like somebody ..."
    Examples to support or deny.
    I do believe dogs have a gut feeling like we do and pay more attention to some things we don't.
    rather you can rely on it i don't think so.

    I used to work with a guy and every time he came by my Rott would get real uneasy....Not aggressive
    but he would lock on to him and watch every move he made and follow him step for step.
    The guy had a glass eye and that was the only reason we could think of for his behavior.
    Anyone else he was fine with... If i let them in...
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    Quote Originally Posted by glockman10mm View Post
    Dogs use association and instinct, not perception.

    For an animal to be perceptual, they would have to have the ability to use their sensory input to construct s cognitive understanding of the stimulus.
    Animals can only do this in the simplest, most carnal way, such as processing the smell of food to a meal.

    Regardless of the emotional attachment that we have with the dog, it is a pack animal, and can only relate to the human relationship in that manner.
    Agree...And it is our job become that pack leader from day one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CDW4ME View Post


    That's hilarious!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mr.stuart View Post
    I believe dogs have abilities that we no longer have because we are 'civilized,' for instance, we were renting a house on an Air Force base after Hurricane Harvey. Two ladies, from the office, came by to make sure the house was suitable, both our dogs went nuts as we ushered the ladies in. The dogs were cool with repair people, utility people. There was something about these ladies that alarmed them. Of course, how do we really know what animals think?
    Dogs can hear things people can't; and their sense of smell is good enough to smell cancer, drugs (if trained to).
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    ^^^^^^^^^^ GSD, absolutely....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick McC. View Post
    My dog is very attentive, aggressive, protective, and intelligent. She has a large “vocabulary” (words and sentences she understands).

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    Quote Originally Posted by kukla View Post
    aussie cattle dog?
    Yes, AKA Blue Heeler.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick McC. View Post
    Yes, AKA Blue Heeler.
    Great dogs, perceptive & aware of EVERYTHING!!
    This is my cattle dog/border collie mix............
    Nothing gets past her.
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