"Dogs can smell who's a good person." Myth or Fact?
Alright, I hear this all the time. "I trust a dog when it doesn't like a person." "Dogs can tell who's trustworthy and who isn't."
Okay, I have learned that this forum actually knows their stuff when it comes to dogs and I want this to be validated. Do dogs actually sense who's trustworthy?
I know this is false for shelter dogs as history of abuse shows affects how they perceive people.
When it comes to my boy, he's nice to almost everyone, unless I'm feeling nervous, scared, or intimidated. It's rare to see him agress towards someone. However, he doesn't seem to be a huge fan of when people are standing still with their backs turned or when he can't see their eyes.
I have a feeling that this whole idea just revolves around handler sensitivity. Maybe some dogs can tell their owner doesn't like a person and therefore aggresses or sometimes they have bad intentions and therefore agresses. And this is probably because of handler sensitivity. I mean I don't know I've had some dogs who were friendly to other people not be friendly to me, usually rare but it happens.
Lobo-2 Year Old German Shepherd Mix(?)
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