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01-14-2014 03:33 PM
ZoeandMoe Maybe a little off topic and maybe a coincidence? My GSD when she was 16 weeks old went with us to the mother in laws house. She was on her leash and we walked into her back yard. Out of no where the neighbors Golden retriever came running/barking at Zoe. She got right down on her back in a "I give up position". The Golden hovered right over the top of her growling/barking for a a few seconds until I could get the two seperated. Fast forward until Zoe was 8 months. We went over again to my mother in laws house, Fist time since the incident with Zoe and when she saw the Golden, The tables completely turned! Zoe was the one out of control and the golden went running. This only happened until I corrected the situation. My point is, I can't help but believe Zoe remembered this dog and what it did to her.
01-14-2014 09:00 AM
MadLab I think whether a dog remembers it or not in is due to how the adults handled the situation.

Both dogs should be allowed to recover together after being corrected if necessary. If they are separated straight away the tension can build and they can carry it into future disputes.

Retrospect is great, but the dogs shouldn't have been let to go into that state in the first place. There had to be some sign that the collie was uncomfortable with the play wrestling.
01-14-2014 07:11 AM
Arlene/Archer I agree with a previous poster, both dogs are protecting their owners and amping up through excitement. If they've always gotten along I"d imagine they will continue to get along, just watch them around this kind of horse play.
Regarding grudges, you better believe dogs hold them, my dog got a smack down from a Golden R called Cody when he was a pup, nothing too terrible, just put in his place. Fast forward twenty months and he still remembers Cody and ran him out of a lake last week, where my guy was fetching sticks surrounded by a large group of dogs, including three other GRs. He did not attack Cody as he is NOT allowed carry on that way, but neither would he allow Cody access to the swimming bay. That's a grudge if ever I saw one.
01-13-2014 10:20 PM
OriginalWacky
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I might be wrong but I don't think dogs hold grudges. Sounds like both dogs were doing what comes natural to them and protecting their humans. I would keep an eye on them when they are together for a while but I really don't think it will become an issue if they have always got along before.
I'd have to sort of disagree. I think they do hold grudges, just not in the way people do. I'm not sure how to describe it, but I kind of think that what happens in that two dogs that fight will remember it, and possibly fight again, and if it keeps happening for whatever reason, they will eventually not be able to get along at all. I am fairly sure that part of it is the stress hormones released during a fight, which don't just go away a few seconds after the fight is over.

In this case, it doesn't sound like there will be a grudge, as there is a much longer history of them getting along, and it didn't turn into a bloody battle, but as the previous poster said, keep an eye on them for a while just to be sure. If these dogs had meant to cause damage, they most certainly would have. If you aren't going to be around to supervise, and are worried about the dogs, then keeping them apart while you're gone is probably a good idea anyway.
01-13-2014 08:28 AM
KimberRG I might be wrong but I don't think dogs hold grudges. Sounds like both dogs were doing what comes natural to them and protecting their humans. I would keep an eye on them when they are together for a while but I really don't think it will become an issue if they have always got along before.
01-13-2014 01:12 AM
snake2k
Should I be worried?

Hi everyone,I have a 3 yr old male gs whom I've had since he was 7 weeks old.My daughter has a 5 yr old male border collie mix that we've also had since a pup and the two dogs have always gotten along fine.Today I was play wrestling with my daughter and her dog didn't like it he started growling at me and eventually grabbed my arm.It wasn't a bite he softly grabbed me I took it as a warning him saying I don't like what your doing to my mom.The problem is my gs wasn't having that he grabbed my daughter's dog by the throat he wasn't playing he was mad.Now my daughter is worried about my dog hurting hers especially when no one is home.I'm wondering why would my boy do that? Like I said they've always been fine together and also should I be worried that my boy may hurt my daughter's dog?Thanks everyone for any input.

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