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Old 12-22-2005, 11:29 AM   #41
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I don't know if this is true or not, but I've heard that it's not the barking dogs you have to watch, but the ones that are eerily silent. Usually if they're barking they're trying to either get attention or scare you away, but attacking is usually not on their mind.
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Old 12-22-2005, 11:55 AM   #42
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Not so much the bark as the tail.

A dog with a very erect, non moving tail may be feeling aggressive. Insert your own joke here. An up and wagging tail is a good sign. A tail thats down means the dog feels threatened. Down and tucked under means extremely frightened.

A dog advancing on you, growling or silent, with its tail down, is a very bad sign. A growling dog with an upright wagging tail is probably not a problem.
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I love trying to translate doggie talk. I don't think I agree that the wagging tail is enough of a sign. If a dog is showing other aggressive signs, it might still stiffly wag its tail. Head and ears held stiff and high? Hackles up? Not good.

We have our dog with post traumatic stress disorder. When he is frightened, his hair stands on end (piloerection--love that word), his ears go back, and he carries himself low to the ground. I can see the whites of his eyes. Before doggie drugs, he might have bit you when he was scared.
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The only time I was chased, I was pretty sure it was just a barking dog having fun chasing a cyclist, but I was not feeling too trusting.* I just opened my water bottle (wide mouth type) and dropped about a liter in the dog's face.* Stopped him in his tracks in mid bark and perfectly harmless.
I knew a cyclist who carried a "super soaker"-type of squirt gun (the small kind with about 1/2 liter's worth of water). If he didn't need it for aggressive dogs, he just simply unscrewed the water bottle part and drank it himself.
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Old 12-22-2005, 01:07 PM   #45
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I used to have a plastic squirt bottle that I tried to use on my dog in an attempt to curb him when he'd bark at the tv or do other annoying things. It didn't work. He'd actually snap at the bottle, and try to drink the water! And if I made a hissing noise with my mouth, then he'd start barking more! Then one day I went to reach for the bottle, and he actually jumped up and knocked it out of my hand! It was hard plastic, and broke when it hit the floor.

I guess a super soaker would have a lot more power to it, though! I've also heard that vinegar works better with dogs, although water's fine for cats.
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I've been bitten twice, and the last thing I heard was "Oh, s/he doesn't bite..."

If a dog is charging me, I'm assuming the worst, and will defend myself however necessary. The owner comes next...
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Martha my Lab was abused by neglect and not socialized correctly, his method of a friendly greeting is tail wagging, barking with hackles up. Most people think he's aggressive but he's really a sweet heart and very timid.

I've been bitten twice, both times by poodles, I don't trust little dogs at all!!
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All dogs bite; just because they never have doesn't mean they won't. An owner saying his dog doesn't bite is a dangerous owner.

Other anti-barking aids--mostly for owners but I've seen a dog's neighbor use it--include an emptied soda can with pennies and/or a beanbag. Shaking the penny can bothers the dog, and they usually get the idea soon. Throwing the beanbag near--not directly at--a dog seems to freak the dog out...something about it not bouncing I guess. I've seen that stop a few barkers.

For dogs that love-to-bark-at / live-in-mortal-fear-of vacuum cleaners or lawn mowers I don't know if anything will make them stop barking at the mechanical demon.
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I used to have a plastic squirt bottle that I tried to use on my dog in an attempt to curb him when he'd bark at the tv or do other annoying things.* It didn't work.* He'd actually snap at the bottle, and try to drink the water!* And if I made* a hissing noise with my mouth, then he'd start barking more!* Then one day I went to reach for the bottle, and he actually jumped up and knocked it out of my hand!* It was hard plastic, and broke when it hit the floor.

I guess a super soaker would have a lot more power to it, though!* I've also heard that vinegar works better with dogs, although water's fine for cats.
Yup, dogs are different....

Plain old water from a squirt bottle used to work on my dog. One drop and he acted like I'd turned a high pressure fire hose on him. He had a natural talent for drama

He did develop new strategies, like peeking around the corner, making a few fast "ruffs", then ducking for cover...
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I'm still trying to figure out why dogs will stick their heads out of a window at 60mph with no problems but if someone blows in their face they freak out.

Ok, dont touch that one.
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