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02-27-2014 12:57 PM
shilorio Okay thank you guys! I feel much better now.
He seems to only have problems when they approach like that, or they are romping around and he is not and just sitting there staring at their fun
I feel better now. Thank you guys
02-27-2014 12:18 PM
Gwenhwyfair My Smitty dog was a street dog, self-socialized you could say.

He can read dogs and respond appropriately a heck uva a lot faster and better then me. He's NOT dog aggressive.

We had a large male off leash boxer following us with a similar stance as the dog you pictured one day. Smitty sent 'calming' signals, wagged his tail, didn't make eye contact at first with the boxer. I tried to back the boxer off but he was standing his ground. We crossed the street, he followed, I tried to keep myself between Smitty and the boxer, he kept following.

Finally Smitty had enough and sent the boxer the *just right* message that we, me and Smitty, had enough of his bullying.

The boxer relaxed his stance and walked away.

I ponder if I should have done more but you know, in the end we all were o.k. so I guess we did good.




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Thank you, I know I really wanted your guys opinion on his body language and so it wasn't just me thinking this!
02-27-2014 11:59 AM
SuperG My knee jerk reaction ...."And I yell "Elios leave it!" And he stops right in his tracks."...command and control was reestablished...perhaps your mentality at that moment changed as well as Elios's.

I agree with Gwenhwyfair...all and all it was reasonable considering the circumstances.

SuperG
02-27-2014 11:55 AM
shilorio
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In fairness to Elios, that dog was sure sending out some "I'm the boss of you" body language there.

Good that you got a pic. of him.

I'd not be too upset by this, all in all sounds like you two did o.k. given the circumstances....

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Thank you, I know I really wanted your guys opinion on his body language and so it wasn't just me thinking this!
02-27-2014 11:44 AM
Gwenhwyfair In fairness to Elios, that dog was sure sending out some "I'm the boss of you" body language there.

Good that you got a pic. of him.

I'd not be too upset by this, all in all sounds like you two did o.k. given the circumstances....

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02-27-2014 11:21 AM
Blanketback Good luck! Just be sure you're not setting your expectations too high, and wanting instant miracles. This is just like anything else: where you have to practice practice practice to get where you want to be.
02-27-2014 11:01 AM
shilorio
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I do know that our own emotions and actions will influence our dogs. So when you're walking confidently and ignoring other things, you can teach your dog to do the same. If you're nervous and drawing attention to other things, you can put your dog in a heightened state of arousal - then he's not calm anymore, he's on alert. Maybe it's just that simple, and this is the problem. Maybe not - but if you can try to act like you own the world and everything you see is just a background then you might get different results. Next time you're out, try it
Okay thank you I will try this (:
02-27-2014 10:56 AM
Blanketback I do know that our own emotions and actions will influence our dogs. So when you're walking confidently and ignoring other things, you can teach your dog to do the same. If you're nervous and drawing attention to other things, you can put your dog in a heightened state of arousal - then he's not calm anymore, he's on alert. Maybe it's just that simple, and this is the problem. Maybe not - but if you can try to act like you own the world and everything you see is just a background then you might get different results. Next time you're out, try it
02-27-2014 10:38 AM
shilorio I can never tell..
Ugh. I know I have anxiety, but I feel calm at most parts..
I feel super confident walking him.
And then I'm always thinking when I'm walking, about life and what not.
Do you think that would be the only reason he react that way?
02-27-2014 10:32 AM
Blanketback Maybe I'm wrong, but to me your post is filled with anxiety. It makes me think that you're in some kind of panic mode when you're out walking. This would explain alot, if it's true.
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