|Barked: Fri Jul 12, '13 6:06pm PST |
|I'm surprised that it hasn't been mentioned that fearful dogs, reactive dogs, and frustrated greeters in particular, can "forget" what appropriate body language is when they are beyond their threshold, but for the most part, if you watch these dogs interact off-leash or with familiar dogs, then they are perfectly fine.
I have a dog that is reactive to other dogs, but when I carefully and slowly introduce her and that fear dissolves, her normal, appropriate, and polite doggy manners reappear.
I would say that most people can be like this too. When we are over our threshold (from pain, stress, a horrid day etc.), I would hazard that most of us don't always behave according to societal norms!
And of course, you will have dogs that didn't learn those proper dog manners and body language, whether from improper socialization, being taken away from the litter too early etc.
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