Is this normal, or aggressive?

Schultz is a 2 year old German Shepherd and he has always played well with other dogs (ranging from a mini-Dachsund to a giant Labradoodle) - usually within minutes of a stranger-dog approaching him, he's sniffed and approved them and either plays or just acts like they're not even there.

Today, he encountered a Husky while we were playing fetch at the park. The two stood somewhat angled to one another - they sniffed each other, did some jumping around, and then Schultz was ready to return to fetch. The Husky, however, was insistent upon sniffing at Schultz's tail a little longer.

Schultz tried to back away, run away, sit/lay-down, and the Husky kept trying. I could tell he was becoming anxious - and then he barred his teeth, barked, and sort of nipped at the Husky's heels to run him off. After the 3rd time, I decided to take him home.

Is this aggressive or is the Husky crossing the line and Schultz was just trying to tell him to stop?

Asked by Schultz on Aug 25th 2013 in Aggression
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That is just a dog using dog ways to communicate social barriers. The husky was bothering him and the normal distance-increasing behaviors (backing off, turning away, etc.) weren't working so Schultz was just reiterating his desire to return to his game of fetch. It's like if you ask someone really nicely to be quiet but they keep talking, so you just say it firmer to get their attention.

Honestly your dog was completely polite, in dog terms. I would be proud of the little guy. :)

Murphy answered on 10/24/13. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Schultz did nothing inappropriate, the husky was in his space and he was just telling him to back off. Unfortunately the husky's owner probably didnt see it that way and you did the right thing and took Schultz away. remember that 90% of dog fights happen because humans interfere and get anxious and nervous... trust your dog, he can communicate to other dogs far better that you or I can.

Moose answered on 10/26/13. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer