Where did she go?
Brut and I were on a walk and had a loose dog run over to us. Brut immediately begins to lunge towards the medium size poodle mix as she came close to his face. I tried to shoo her away with my foot while holding Brut back, who continued to lunge and pull forward at the little dog. But she kept coming back. She would run a space away, then turn around and come back towards us, still getting as close as she could. She did this 3 or 4 times before the owner finally caught up to her and got her attention and was able to get a hold of her. On a tight lead, while the owner held her dog by the collar, Brut and I were finally able to pass.
I was stunned and a bit flabbergasted. I can not tell you how many times this has happened with Brut and me, of dogs running to get in his face, friend or foe. It is as if they do not heed any warning signs Brut shoots out at all. Which got me to thinking that what is going on with these dogs that they are willing to invade Brut's territory when he's made his indications known, with all the body language possible. He wants to attack these dogs and they continue to come up to him either to confront or make friends.(?)
I don't know. I don't understand it. Are these friendly dogs so condition to friendly, socialized dogs they have been brainwashed and don't know a threat or a warning from another dog???
Is it a case of "all they know?" Is it a socialized dog that is exposed to socialized dogs only knows the that all dogs are friendly? Or an aggressive dog thinks all dogs are a threat and that's all he knows?
Because I'm really confused. In the real world there are both. Shouldn't our dogs be exposed to both if this is the case?
It raises many questions, I think, because wouldn't our dogs be a little safer with each other if they knew the warning signs from another dog and they could work it out?
Has anyone ever experience any thing like this with your reactive/aggressive dog? What do you think the cause is? What do you think should be done? How have you handle the situation?