April 4, 2004 8:40 AM Subscribe
Why do dogs behave differently towards different people, and how can an owner adjust that behavior? (More inside)
posted by ferociouskitty to pets & animals (22 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
We have an 8-month-old miniature pinscher mix (Keebler) who occasionally thinks he’s a tough guy, but more usually soaks up love. He’ll sit at the window and bark when people walk by, but whenever he’s around anyone – strange or familiar – he just wants attention. Until yesterday when my brother-in-law and his wife dropped by for a visit. She is terrified of dogs; he’s not crazy about them. My little cuddle-bug barked at them like I’ve never heard him bark before. Finally, he settled in enough to approach my brother-in-law, but did so with tail tucked and ears back, as if he was afraid. He accepted some petting, but differently than he normally does with other visitors. Any big movement from brother-in-law set off the barking again. I’m guessing Keebler was responding both to their uneasiness and my nervousness about their uneasiness, but since I’d like them to feel comfortable visiting without confining the dog, any suggestions as to how I can make everyone less tense?