Originally Posted by Sri
I don't know why I hesitated, his body language was not threatening or aggressive, but I just felt this reluctance about approaching him in my mind, a kind of pricking sensation and I stopped. I talked to him softly and picked up the ball and approached him and waited before I reached down to pet him and showed him the ball. He looked at the ball., but wrinkled his muzzle, I withdrew ...
I still was hesitant to approach him, I thought I would touch his collar and feed him(he is usually very free, I can touch, tickle, rub, hug him and he is happy with it) I kept trying to decipher his body language and also watching my own reluctance to touch him. It just felt very weird and out of place, I was not nervous or anxious but it felt as though this was a stranger dog.
It doesn't matter what you call it. Fear or "reluctance to approach."
Don't think for a minute that the dog didn't feel it. Or that he didn't sense the vibe from you that made you retreat.
That is my opinion.