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post #1 of 41 (permalink) Old 07-23-2009, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
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Does your dog stare at you?

I get "The Stare" from Boss. Could be he needs out or his ball is stuck under a piece of furniture or we got ice out and forgot to give him his cube, etc. But I know he is trying to tell me something, so I always say "show me". He will go to the door if he wants out or go to wherever the ball is stuck at or go sit in front of the freezer.

Does your dog stare at you? If so, what does it mean?
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post #2 of 41 (permalink) Old 07-23-2009, 09:16 PM
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Re: Does your dog stare at you?

Jake NEVER stares for attention-he barks with head turned if he wants something.He will share eye contact when he is being praised for training success -but doesn't make eye contact during training.
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B watches me like a hawk needs to know where I am at all times
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Re: Does your dog stare at you?

Otto doesn't stare but Morgan does. She'll do something like today, sit in the doorway to the front porch and stare at me, expecting me to read her mind. I believe she was thinking Would you get really mad if I killed Otto over a Corn Pop?


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Re: Does your dog stare at you?

Bianca doesn't stare, and she never asks to go out unless I happen to be near the door (then she'll go over to it, but usually she just goes out to lay on the porch), or asks for food or help with her toys either. She will watch me when I am eating but she doesn't stare intently.

My terrier Pooch did have "the stare" which he would do if he wanted something. He would give this intense look like he was trying to telepathically communicate what he wanted. He did this if he really had to go out, or if his water bowl was empty, he lost the ball and couldn't reach it, etc... If he had to go out badly he would stare and stare and if that didn't work he would move onto whining and nudging, and finally barking urgently. I would ask him what he wanted such as "Do you want to go out?" no reaction meant no... "Do you need water?" etc until I got the right thing. As soon as I got it right I'd know because he would either bark at me (meaning "Yes!") or he would head towards the object (the door or water dish in those examples.) If I got it wrong he would keep staring.

My Golden Retriever Ginger never gave intense stares, she would "stare" at people but it was in a soft, loving, I-know-you-want-to-pet-me way rather than in a focused I-need-something way.

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Both of my dogs stare and stare and stare. With Halo it means "give me food". With Keefer (who also loves food) it means "I worship the ground you walk on".

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Zappa always stares at me. I think he likes to watch what I'm doing. Sometimes he gives me the cocked head stare or has his head on his paws and looks up at me and I know that means he wants some lovin'.

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Rafi has devoted his life to either staring at me or his ball. Like Keefer, he is utterly devoted to me and must document my every move and anticipate my every wish.

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Re: Does your dog stare at you?

Well, because since the moment I got Miko, I've been rewarding for eye contact and focus, it's kind of engrained now. He's always staring at me and knows if he wants something, eye contact is the way to go. So I always catch him staring at me and never know what for haha.


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Re: Does your dog stare at you?

Sean stares when our kitten, Gizmo, is doing something he's not supposed to do, i.e. earlier this week he was playing with the chains you pull to turn on one of the table lamps and knocked it over. Sean knew it was a no-no and probably wanted the little bugger to get in trouble.

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