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04-25-2014 08:02 PM
Originally Posted by Blanketback View Post
Toxic people. I'm sure I'm giving off bad vibes around them, and my dogs can sense this.
Yes. I don't have too many of them in my life anymore to say how Otto or Venus would react but Morgan and Luther, oh yeah they're reacted to people I couldn't stand but had to put up with. First that comes to mind is my husband's brother's xwife, they hated her. We all did but were nice to her because she was Bill's wife and she's not a jerk, she's jsut one of those annoyingly negative people.
04-25-2014 11:21 AM
Blanketback It could be that we all have our own versions of "dislike" too. For me, I'm pretty friendly IRL. I don't have very many people that I openly dislike - but when I do, these people aren't welcome around me. I mean, seriously stay away from me. This has nothing to do with differing viewpoints or disagreements - more like people who have done me wrong in a big way, like stealing from me, or lying to cause me harm. Toxic people. I'm sure I'm giving off bad vibes around them, and my dogs can sense this.
04-25-2014 11:06 AM
martemchik Shouldn't it also be noted that "disliking" someone is probably not enough of an emotional response to bring about a chemical change that the dog would pick up on.

Like...there are people on this forum I disagree with, I don't particularly "like" them, but that doesn't mean if I meet them my blood will be boiling. IMO liking/disliking a person is a very neurological process, not really an emotional one. Now, if at the time of interaction with the person, your "dislike" of them does have a way of making you more emotional when you disagree with them or whatever, that's different.
04-25-2014 12:10 AM
carmspack a person who has a hospital visitation dog , certified , had said their dog had difficulty with patients who wore colostomy bags.
04-24-2014 10:53 PM
SunCzarina Brain chemistry. Dogs can smell fear (adrenaline?), we all know that.

Brain Chemicals Involved In Aggression Identified: May Lead To New Treatments -- ScienceDaily
'Stressful events have a profound influence on the neuroendocrine and neurochemical systems, causing chemical changes in many areas of the brain, including several that are strongly involved in emotions: the prefrontal cortex, the hippocampus, and the amygdala. Among the neurotransmitters and hormones altered by stress are dopamine, serotonin, noradrenalin, and corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) (which affects blood levels of corticosterone). '

It's an old quasi joke that someone reacted poorly because 'they were off their meds' but fact remains if taking chemicals can regulate brain function, a dog would be able to smell the difference in a persons brain chemistry being off.
04-24-2014 10:44 PM
David Winners Yes.

To avoid further derailing of the OPs thread, please start another one or PM me.
04-24-2014 10:27 PM
Originally Posted by David Winners View Post
As far as a dog reading your emotions, a dog will react differently if you are happy, sad, angry, whatever. Different dogs are going to react differently. If I'm feeling aggressive towards a person, Fama will pick up on that and will be cocked and locked. This takes time to develop, and different dogs are going to be different.

David Winners
If I'm understanding you correctly you're saying if you felt angry/aggressive towards a person in a crowded room your dog would feel the same way towards that person? We're talking emotions and not visual cues right? I can be angry without huffing and puffing and flailing my arms everywhere.
04-24-2014 10:24 PM
SunCzarina You're welcome and don't take any aggravation for posting about everything. When Otto was coming into his manhood, I posted all the time about his behaviors. I have a great dog now.
04-24-2014 10:21 PM
belladonnalily Thanks SunCzarina

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04-24-2014 10:14 PM
Originally Posted by Harry and Lola View Post
Belladonnalily he is 1 year old and not quite cooked yet. He is slowly maturing and with your guidance and help he will mature into a stable, confident GSD boy. From what you have said, imo he is not partaking in a 'barking fenzy'. He sounds like a normal 1yo GSD male trying to grow up. And from the sounds of it, you are aware of his size and powerful breed, so I have every confidence in your ability to handle and control him.

PS, love your real story
^this. He'll grow up to be a fine dog since you're vigilant about getting to the bottom of every behavior.
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