Labradoodle & Goldendoodle Forum
I just have to ask, as you know Jack is not even 13 pounds but you would never know it from his attitude. He doesn't have small dog syndrome where he barks and growls unprovoked but he really can hold his own, even with big dogs, well for the most part anyway.
When we were at the dog park a big puppy came up to Jack and was really up in his space, he would not leave Jack alone in spite of a few times Jack growling at him, The third time, Jack not only growled but he chased him, the puppy took off running and Jack chased him, He didn't hurt him, or even try to thank goodness because if the dog wanted, he could eat Jack with two bites.
The other night we saw a K9 dog, at first Jack was scared but as we sat there and talked to the police man, Jack wanted to play with this dog, this was a huge German Sheppard. Of course he didn't play, K9 dogs are obviously not allowed.
Tonight, we were walking again, and another big dog came up to Jack, this time, they just smelled each others tushes and that was it, The dog weighed 140 pounds and was a blood hound...
I am not sure, but does my dog have any idea he is so little. I remember reading somewhere that when it comes to dogs, they don't know size. I am glad he is so confident, especially after being attacked by a dog. It just leaves me confused as to why he doesn't panic when a dog that could eat him in one bite comes up to him.
Heres a guess
There are people bigger than I also smaller. I dont smell them just size them up. Can you relate?
Big and small can be chased off. We just figure out who not to mess with.
Of course I had to go to Google to see what I could find because I have always wondered about it.... I did find this interesting though....
A new study reveals that dogs can tell another canine's size simply by listening to its growl. The size information is so accurate that a dog hearing a growl can match the sound to a photograph of the growler—a complex cognitive talent previously seen only in primates.
This was another one that I found that claims they do have the ability to realize size.... hhhmmm
Whenever Hunter plays with my friends mini-dauchsaund (or however you spell that) she always takes her paw and holds her to the ground when she wants her to quit jumping at her. LOL Its hilarious!
these were actually very interesting to read... thanks for posting the links :)
Jack will do that as well, He usually is on the sideline barking, It looks like he is cheering one of them on, I too do a recall with him, but it takes a few times of calling him to get him to stop barking at the dogs that are fighting and to come back to me.
I fear, Jack would growl at Darwin if he tried to play with him and he didn't want too.. I don't know how to break that in him. He is respectful to all human beings but if a dog ticks him off, he is going to tell them.. I fear one of these days it is going to backfire on him
I don't know how to train him to know when to walk away, He will leave it if I tell him too, but for the most part he will take on any dog of any size that doesn't respect his boundaries, Oh how I wish I could learn from him, I am more of a coward as a person then he is as a dog