|Barked: Sun Jul 3, '11 1:39pm PST |
|help me out, here:
today at the park, we encountered another dog - great pyrenees/samoyed/standard poodle mix - glorious. anyway, this dog dragged his owners (both of them) into the park in spite of the full-face muzzle he's required to wear and the halti that was under it. his owners know me from around the neighourhood and we were chatting. i noticed that dandy was *very* still and contained - didn't resist introduction but i didn't feel comfortable pressing the issue so i didn't. after a while, the dogs relaxed and dandy went to do his usual shtick.
he has a sniffing routine. with humans, he starts at the feet, then progresses to the crotch (often to an embarrassing degree), then the bellybutton, the armpits, the neck, and then finishes at the ears.
with dogs, it's butt, girl/boy bits, and then ears.
normally it's a light whiffwhiffwhiff (you know what i mean) but occasionally he'll get his nose right on in there and inhale deeply then exhale sharply - a snuffsnuffsnuffCHUFF thing and he might even lick intensely. when that happens, i advise the other person it looks like there's an infection picking up and to get it checked (where i've been able to confirm, he's batting 100%).
this person, however, took deep offense - called it a "highly aggressive" move: the feet is because wolves hamstring their prey; the crotch/bellybutton is because they gut them; the neck because he's going for the carotid; and the ears because those are the first things dogs go for in a fight.
has anybody ever heard the like?!? my dog isn't the one ordered to wear a muzzle while out in public and my dog wasn't the one growling and raising hackles but my dog is the "highly aggressive" one!??
can anyone clarify, pls? i think she's blowing smoke out her butt but naturally googling "aggressive dog sniff ears" was useless and it's in none of my books barring comments that dogs are very sensitive to detecting the smell of sickness and infection.
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