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What should I do with this dog (details inside)

Asked by Mimishu1995 (22317points) 2 months ago
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Sorry it’s another dog question again, but there has been some new development in this story.

So I have been trying not to trigger the dog as much as possible: riding slowly, stop when I see the dog, etc… I don’t see the dog face-to-face that often. And when I do, the dog just barks at me a little then runs away doing other things.

This afternoon I was pulling my motorcycle out to work when I saw the dog outside my door. It saw me, but it was busy sniffing things so it basically ignored me. Weird, I thought, but I paid little attention to it and rode away. In the evening when I finished work I rode back home. When I was near my house I saw the dog again. It was with another dog. It looked at me intensely while walking slowly toward me. I was standing still on my motorcycle, hoping it would move away like the other time. Suddenly the dog grabbed my leg, as if it was trying to climb on me. It just kept holding onto my leg and didn’t let go. I was so shocked and confused at what happened that I called my dad out to scare the dog away, and he did.

When I was finally inside my home, my dad laughed and said the dog was just trying to be friendly with me. He said that the dog was now used to me and it was just trying to be my friend. Now I feel so conflicted. How could a dog that wanted to eat me alive some months ago want to be my friend now? And if that is true, that makes me so confused. On one hand, I want to be friendly with the dog and have a positive experience with it; but on the other hand, I’m not sure if it is ok to interact with the dog. What should I do in this situation?

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Kropotkin's avatar

You know it was trying to have sex with your leg, right?

Unlike cats, which are the pinnacle of biological evolution and an ontologically perfect species worthy of worship—dogs are kind of dumb.

Don’t try to understand its change in mood. It didn’t trust you, and now it does but maybe think its your bitch (literally).

KNOWITALL's avatar

So could you ask the dogs owner to introduce you? I don’t think all dogs are dumb at all, so a treat and the owner giving you his/her name would be a great start.
Also animals sense fear, you must control yourself, and make friends. If he got close and didn’t snap or bite, you’re likely on it’s ‘undecided’ list still. :)

Blackwater_Park's avatar

Dogs often have to warm up to you. Many of the most loud, obnoxious pups can be the sweetest cuddle bugs once they feel safe with you. If it’s not “fixed” beware that they may indeed want to copulate with any of your extremities. Some dogs are wicked smart and can pick up on very subtle mannerisms in people. Cats on the other hand, while having personality, are relatively stupid compared to dogs.

JLoon's avatar

Leg humping – Nice.

So this mutt goes from threating to bite your face off, to treating you like girlfriend material.

So very human.

Just keep your distance Mimi. This is an animal control problem, not a life crisis.

longgone's avatar

Ha. No, your dad is wrong. This is not friendly dog behaviour. The dog was mounting your leg (or attempting to). While this happens when dogs are sexually aroused, they also frequently use the action as a way to control others. Usually when they’re feeling very excited or anxious. For example, I’ve seen many dogs mount younger pups who are playing rambunctiously. When the young ones settle down, the mounting attempts cease.

So, “your” dog is still worried about your presence. He’s not being friendly, but it does sound like the aggressive displays have decreased. I think at this point, you should start carrying a handful of dog treats around. Maybe leave them with your motorcycle. The next time the dog approaches, toss the treats to him. This will distract him if he’s thinking about mounting you. At the same time, he’ll learn to associate you with good things – which will lower his anxiety, and, in turn, the drive to mount.

You don’t have to feel weird about this dog displaying “sexual” behaviour. He knows you’re a human and he doesn’t feel attracted to you. Even among dogs, mounting is often not sexual at all. Dogs are very social and like humans, they can understand context.

smudges's avatar

Mounting behavior is usually about domination. I’m friends with 2 Boston Terriers, brother and sister, who I’ve known since they were 8 weeks old. In the beginning, the boy was more assertive. Now, at about 20 months, the girl will often mount the boy, telling him that she’s in charge.Oddly enough, he’s jealous any time a human comes around and nips and growly-barks at her, telling her he’s in charge, so I guess they take turns.

I really like the idea of keeping treats with your bike (if it’s in a closed space) or bringing them with you when you go somewhere. But like @longgone says, toss him the treats; I wouldn’t hold them out to him, at least, not at this point.

HP's avatar

No one assumes “the dog grabbed my leg” to mean the dog held my leg in its teeth, my own reaction to hearing that a dog “grabbed” anything. A “soft mouthed” dog is worth its weight in gold to a hunter.

HP's avatar

Ok the climb thing, which I missed, probably clinches the fact that the poor dog is simply smitten. Once again the timeless tragedy of unrequited love. Sigh….

Mimishu1995's avatar

Thank you everyone for answering. I like how @Kropotkin and @Blackwater_Park have two different opinions about dog’s intelligence :) And to be honest I was feeling uncomfortable with the sudden humping there that I didn’t know how to react. I may try the dog treat and see if it could get to a good result.

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