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I don't understand either of my dogs...

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SexLubeAndAFishSlice Sun 01-Jan-17 00:21:31

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Deadnettle Sun 01-Jan-17 10:39:36

What are the dogs that your greyhound reacts to doing? My mums greyhound ignores calm dogs but freaks out at any dog thats slightly energetic.

I know a border terrier bitch that does the exact same thing yours does, I have no idea why and there doesn't seem to be a trigger.

Sorry I'm not much help!

Sipperskipper Sun 01-Jan-17 10:45:07

I have a bt boy, 4. had him from a pup. He was always great with all other dogs - silly, loved to chase and wrestle, not scared of any size. Last year he was attacked by an akita out of nowhere and needed stitches to his back. Since then has been v. Unpredictable around other dogs - just like yours. Fine with dogs he knows - friends & family's dogs - still loves to play, cuddle etc, but I can't let him off lead around other dogs, as he can be so snappy. Its almost certainly a defensive thing, since he was attacked. He's still lovely though!!

Lumberries Sun 01-Jan-17 11:01:05

Aaaah your greyhound: it's a hound thing grin

I have bassets and one of mine is exactly the same, also a rescue. We've figured out that it happens when the other dog looks at him when he's in the lead and it's because he can't get away and doesn't understand the other dog is in the lead too! He's a basset so doesn't ever want to kill it, but arooooo's and barks like he's about to attack. When he's off lead he'll do this, then as soon as he gets near the dog he dissolves into waggy play time. Other dogs don't seem scared of him at all so we think he's not giving off aggression, just excitement.

My other basset is like your bt: he's absolutely fine 99% of the time and loves to play etc and was the most chilled out dog you'd ever meet. Then sometimes in seemingly random days he turns into a complete he'll hound and goes for things. He seems to take a dislike to certain dogs but no idea what triggers it.

We've come to the conclusion that body language is a huge factor and dogs can sort of swear at each other without us ever spotting it.

Re greyhound: do you have a secure field somewhere where you can let him run? Maybe if he has some safe off lead time it will get rid of his pent up energy?

Mine can sleep for England and don't seek to really care about walks, but if we skip a day of off lead time they are noticibly more reactive. Might be worth a try?

Pics of my buggers attached smile

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dudsville Sun 01-Jan-17 11:57:24

(your dogs are adorable!)

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MrsJayy Sun 01-Jan-17 12:01:56

My dog collie x hates labs and retrievers he sits at the window all day watching the world go by a retriever walks past every day he goes nuts proper lunging and barking the dog just plods by not bothering anybody it is very odd and not sure what is is

ToffeeChops Mon 02-Jan-17 00:22:18

OP, you could be describing my BT - boy, 16 months, got him at 5 months. He leaps around like a loon if we get close to another dog, barking, lungeing, generally acting up. We've tried everything to try to teach him some manners but after nearly a year of very little progress I wonder whether we have to accept that avoiding other dogs while out is the best way forward. I feel sad about it really, as we live in a beautiful part of the country and can't really make the most of some of the lovely places to walk a dog.

Strangely, the people who look after him when I work (he boards overnight in their home 1-2 nights a week) introduce him to loads of other dogs - they've got three of their own and regularly have six or seven in the house and he gets on well with all of them after a noisy first meeting.

Namechangeemergency Mon 02-Jan-17 17:23:15

One of mine is like this.
She goes nuts when she sees some dogs. She sounds aggressive but isn't. She is fine if allowed to go and say hi but of course a lot of owners are wary of letting her near their dogs.
She is a tiny mongrel but possibly has hound in her. She has a slightly beagle shape head.

She doesn't go bonkers at dogs she has met a few times.
It makes dog walking a pita and my youngest dog has picked up the habit but I am pretty sure he is copying her.

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