|Barked: Tue Oct 2, '12 8:02am PST |
|I wonder if I'm splitting hairs by asking this question, but do you all feel that there is a difference between the two?
The reason I'm asking is that my dog would be content to never meet another dog on walks. Don't get me wrong, she'll play with the right playmate, but for the most part it feels like she just lacks tolerance for other dogs. Also, I can't help wondering of part of the intolerance may be fear in some cases...
The large and more boisterous the dog, the less tolerant she is. Examples would be that there's a big lab in our agility class who insists on being facinated with her. She HATES him. His owner rather lets him wonder about as he's "Friendly" but my dog absolutely does not tolerate him getting in her face or trying to play with her.
He's very pushy and has trouble taking "I'm not interested" for an answer, and so she escalates her behavior and now our teacher thinks she's reactive. She's a herding dog, so reactivity is soemthing I expect, but she doesn't ever react to him unless he pushes her buttons.
So, from you who are more experienced in doggy body language and behavior, what do you feel is the difference, if there is one, between reactivity and intolerance?
She plays just fine with dogs her size or smaller, but again, she'd rather ignore other dogs then interact with them.
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