The senses of our canine friends are very clear and rarely fail. They are always alert to new situations. Your puppy may notice new people immediately, but sometimes he growls at them and sometimes does not. It becomes a bit tricky to figure out whether or not he likes strange people …
The dog’s growl may indicate aggression, defensiveness or simply anxiety. But why do our dogs have different reactions to people? Do they know something about these people that we don’t? </ Strong>
We can not say with certainty that canine reactions can be summed up and viewed equally, each case is unique but we can observe the way the our furry friends perceive their world and maybe we can get more information about this interesting question …
People have different scents and canines can feel them. Dogs are much better at scent than humans, actually 10,000 to 100,000 times better. Because of this disparity we can not imagine all the information our dogs can gain from someone’s scent. Surprisingly, trained scented dogs can even distinguish between the perfumes of identical twins from the same environment and eating the same diet. “A dog can smell where you’ve been and who you’ve been with, maybe for a long time.”
Your dog can smell something subtle in a person, something you would never realize. But this does not need be a concern. It can simply associate a smell with something negative, when in fact it may not be. Puppies are the product of their own experiences. </ Strong>
Some people look scary for certain canines. Dogs depend more on their sense of smell than on their vision. Dogs use facial recognition to communicate with each other and humans may not see facial features the same way they do. When your dog growls at one person and not at another it may be that he sees a trait that is a reminder of a threat to him in his memory.
People differ in size, features and the way they move. The characteristics of some people or the way they move may remind your dog of a threat or even seem unfamiliar to your dog, so he feels fear and insecurity. We know that even familiar humans can appear threatening to the puppies if they suddenly move or wear a hat.
If you know that the person to whom your baby is growling is well intentioned, try to teach him not to be defensive or protective around that person. Pamper him with a pocket full of treats. Train him to obey basic commands so that when someone he does not like arrives, he follows them. Then, when the newcomer approaches, have your dog perform the trained behaviour and reward him. Then ask your friend to ask the dog to do the same and reward the dog again.
Do not doubt the character of the person just because your dog initially growls. It probably just means that they smell like something that your dog is not sure of and you can build their confidence through training and reward.
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