Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Sacramento, California
Re: Question on socializing w/other dogs
Hair standing does NOT necessarily mean aggression. Sounds like your dog indeed just wants to play. My current female's hair stands anytime she gets excited around another dog, even when she's playing with them. I believe hair-raising is just one of those nature things that animals do to try to appear bigger. Fish do it, peacocks do it, and not necessarily in antagonistic situations, either.
Presently, when on a leash, my 7 month old cries like mad when she sees another dog and wants to play with it, like a really loud whimpering. Sometimes, she looks up into my eyes and even barks at me. Even though she's composed enough to stay at heel, I can't stand it (OK, I AM standing it, but working on curbing that behavior). Interestingly, my dog is better off leash than on leash. For example, she NEVER gets wound up like this off-leash and WILL stay at a heel even when she wants to go off and play with another dog. So, I know that the only reason she acts that way on-lead is because she FEELS like she's in a restrained position, even though her lead is not taut.
Have you had the chance to take her to a dog park? See what she's like there. Will she sit and stay OFF-lead next to you without the drama?
Obedience, Behavior, Personal Protection Training
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Maya vom Hinterland - whelped July, 2008