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 hi all , itake sunna to all kinds of places but not all the time . when i do take her out to yappy hour , dog park ,neighborhood block parties she is great with everyone other dogs , kids , men and ladies , but the other day we were coming back from our walk / run the neighbor was coming up his driveway with his garbage bags to put in the can she started growling and huffing at him i told her to sit as i always do when stoping to talk to neighbors she settled down as we talked he wanted to pet her i said he could as he made a step toward us she got up and snarled at him again ! he backed up and said well at least you know you can take her to parties and still walk safely by yourself.my question is how do i let her know when i say it's ok that it's ok or does she know something i don't and take her lead and just go on ? i have only met him a couple of times ,last time at block party where she was fine with him . she will be 19 months old on the 29th .

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I usually listen to my boy when he tells me things. He hasn't streered me wrong yet.... Do you know much about him

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My Tiberius has done the same.  I have listen to him when he has.

I would say Sunna knows something you don't.

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aresmydobe , i only know they are the youngest couple on our road with two very young babies . but they do have two pit bulls , maybe she smelled his dogs but she has never had a problem with anyother dog before . i'll listen to her cause she does'nt and has'nt done that to anyone else !

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I agree that you should listen to your dog, if she's been fine with everyone else and not this guy, stay away from this guy.  Dobermann's are very perceptive and there was a reason why she growled at him.  I'd trust my dogs over someone I don't know every day of the week.

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  thanks guys i will listen to her for sure ! just don't want her labeled the aggressive dog in the neighborhood .

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One of my dogs is good with almost everyone but there have been a few people that have gotten his hackles up. It makes me aware that as much as I trust him, he is a sensitive dog and I need to make sure he is listening to me in these situations but also respect there is something not right. I usually read both dogs body language even before a person tries to pet them before i say it is ok. I can usually tell if they are hesitant. We had a similar issue with a woman neighbor that had her own dog. I finally just talked to her and said that I didn't know why but we needed to be aware that he was having a reaction to her so it was probably not a good idea for her to just walk up to him. I blamed it on her dogs smell so she wouldn't take it personally. Although I think she did a little anyway. She has since moved away.

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yes there is something not right about that man, and it could be as simple as he might have an illness that she can smell, cancer smells as do other illnesses and it could be that he smelled like the garbage?? or it could be he is not trustworthy I am betting depending on his age it's an illness only she can sniff out

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 wow talisin that is something i've never thought about , it being an illness or something we can't smell . i think this couple is only in their late twenties with two babies under two years old and two pit bulls that are never outside , have only ever seen one of them one time !!he works offshore so is not around alot. for his sake i hope it's not an illness ,hope he just smells bad lol .

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IMO ... you should always trust her keen senses, especially because she is so well socialized.  You just never know about people. 

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and it could be he smells like the pit bulls, or his work

here's a short story as an example:

my family had a rhodesian ridgeback we got him as a puppy we trained him etc. he was a silly clown and loved us all, my brother lived at home when we had the ridgeback but he moved out a year or so later, but visited a few times a week for years, Rojo the ridgeback knew my brother and loved him, Rojo was just a silly youngster. One night my brother who worked for the fire department came over to tell us that he had won several awards in fire department so my mom being a professional photographer said "go get your award and put your gear on and let me get a picture" so he went out to the truck with Rojo watching from the window cause you never left the house without first saying goodbye to Rojo it just hurt his feelings to no end if you left without saying bye; he threw on his gear and got his award and came in the house - or tried - the SECOND that my brother set his foot in the door Rojo came running and of course all of us thought that Rojo was just excited to see that Gary had not left without saying goodbye, but NO NO NO, Rojo was in attack mode, we had NEVER seen Rojo even get upset but this was all out attack mode, Gary spoke to Rojo but that didn's stop him, so gary had to run back out the front door and Rojo caught his pant leg......Gary was terrified of Rojo now.....turns out that as soon as he took off his gear and came back in Rojo was fine, he could wear his hat but not the jacket I went outside and sure enough his coat smelled like smoke - so Rojo had decided no one that smelled like a fire was allowed in the house......Gary got his jacket clean and brought it in the next day and Rojo was fine. It was just the smoke that set him off.

So it could just be something that your dog smells or sense about this man that makes her uneasy.....I would watch that guy's behavior around other people and animals and see if he is a good person, if he is then it most likely is smell. I had a cat that would attack any man that walked in the door wearing Old Spice after shave!!! I mean attack the man, jumping hissing spitting and biting.....trust your animals

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talisin that is a very understandable story about the smoke smell , but a very funny story about the cat hahaha have to agree with the cat don't come over here wearing that nasty smelling old spice !!!

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hahahaha that was one strange cat let me tell you, I miss her terribly she died last March at home at 23 years of age......the only cat to die at home quietly. Never be another Snagglepuss

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I'm curious to see how this all came out in the end. I personally don't trust the raw instincts of my dog. It's true they can smell all kinds of illness which I find completely amazing! However, their judgement can be so off on many other things and like the smoke smell story, even then the judgement of the dog was off. They do pick up on a few great skills on their own. We have all heard stories of dogs that made amazing judgements, that people would never guess they could, but we hear about them because they are rare. think about how many dogs have misjudged and bitten someone or how many times dogs misjudge the safety of a thunderstorm or because someone is wearing a hat or sunglasses or walking fast or with a cane. We try to make sure they are well adjusted to those kinds of things through good socialization but sometimes they're just off. I love my dogs and I am going to consider his behavior and his judgement but because I want to communicate with him so I can train him. I wont trust something I haven't purposely trained him for though.