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|Barked: Thu Sep 20, '12 11:14am PST |
|I've posted about this a couple of times, but I thought I'd get more opinions, and I'm to lazy to go and try to find the older posts.
About a year ago Chewy started to display a stalking behavior when approaching other dogs. His head gets low and he looks like he's ready to charge and pounce at any second, like he's hunting. The way he stares and everything seems very intense, like Border Collie intense.
It's not as intense with dogs he knows really well. Even if we are walking on the other side of the street, passing another dog walker, he'll stalk.
It's not with all dogs, only certain dogs, but I haven't been able to indicate any pattern, it just seems random. Some dogs he'll act friendly like he wants to greet them right off the bat, and others he stalks.
Once he's really close though, he stands up straight and greets with a wagging tail. I've noticed some dogs get intimidated by it though, and I'm thinking it could lead to other owners thinking he might be aggressive. There's never been an aggressive outburst or charge though, once close he goes back to normal.
The stalking can sometimes get lower and more intense the closer we get. If we are down the street approaching, he'll slowly get lower and lower. His pace doesn't slow down or anything he just starts crouching.
Last night we were passing another dog walker that was coming on the opposite side of the street and Chewy started stalking.
This morning we saw a dog in the park, Chewy was instantly excited and wanted to go see it, but I was going a different way, because we weren't going toward the dog he didn't stalk. If we were he probably would have, but maybe not with certain dogs he doesn't do it, but I haven't been able to notice a pattern.
Like I said before once he's up close enough to actually greet the dog he goes back to normal and is dog just fine.
He also only does this if he's on a leash.
Are there any ideas on why he might be doing this?
Edited by author Thu Sep 20, '12 11:28am PST
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