I was raised a dog person and, in my house, we learned that, if a dog doesn't like someone then they don't come in the house a second time. Dogs are much more sensitive and better judges of character than humans.
For example: When my daughter was two, I took her to the park to play one day and I brought Maggie, my collie, along. My collie is very intelligent and great with people (especially children) and is protective but she is never aggressive. My little girl was playing with this other little girl her age all day long and they were so cute together. I was talking to her mother and found out that they lived a couple of miles from us so I invited them over for lunch and a play date the next Saturday. Maggie was friendly with the woman and the child so there were no red flags then.
The next Saturday, her husband dropped them off on his way to work but, when he picked them up, she told him to be polite, come in, and introduce himself. As soon as he was at the door, Maggie jumped at him, showing her teeth. She snapped at his feet, growled and barked, refusing to let him in the house. I grabbed her by the collar and let him in and, as soon as I let go of her collar, she ran straight for the children, refusing to let him near them. She wouldn't even let him near his own child. I apologized for her behavior and assured him that she was normally very friendly but it sent up huge red flags for me. Later, when the mother invited Alice for a slumber part, I wouldn't let her go. I told her flat out that I wasn't comfortable with my child around her husband because of the way my dog acted. She said she understood and we hung out at my house and the park and took the girls places together. After I had known her for about three months, her husband put both her and the child in the hospital. He had been abusing her since before the child was born but had never touched the child. He started beating on the child for something and the mother jumped him and got beaten up very badly. She left him and moved to Florida with her mother so I don't see her anymore but I hear from her from time to time. I am glad I listened to my dog and didn't let her stay over there. Who knows what could have happened and what my child could have seen?
Another example, and this is why I point this out because this is very recent. A friend of mine's sister decided to fix her up with her husband's brother. When the man came to the house, her weimaraner, who is normally very friendly, tried to bite him and wouldn't let him in the house. She apologized but declined the date. Her sister was angry with her about it and said that she was stupid for judging him based on the opinion of her dog. About a month later, she got a sobbing call from her sister. She found out that her husband's brother was in jail for raping a woman that he started dating after their failed meeting. It devastated her that she was angry with her sister for not going out with him. If my friend had chosen to go out with this man, he would have done the same to her.
I have other dogs but Maggie is the one that I trust the most. My husband and I tease about our dogs because my dogs loved him and his dog loved me the first time we met. I understand that abused dogs may fear anyone or behave aggressively towards any stranger but if a dog that is normally so friendly behaves strangely then listen. It's a dog's instinct to protect their family and they are more sensitive then we are about things. Listening to your dog can save your life.
Answer by staciandababy at 3:42 PM on May. 22, 2013
Love me, love my dogs! That's my motto. :) Great stories (sad but great). Dogs do have an intuition & are great companions too :)
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