How do your dog encounters turn out?
Most dog owners walk their dog regularly. Some owners love it and look forward to the joyous reaction of their dogs on meeting canine friends in the park. Other dog owners dread it, wondering if their dog will get into yet another fight! When you are the latter group, you may wonder why your dog is so antisocial and if you are doing something wrong.
A new research study has looked at dog reactions (1870 of them) when out walking and come up with many interesting results…
- All dogs sniff others more often when off leash (not surprising really as the leash restricts their movements) but male dogs tend to sniff females more often than other combinations (male-male, female-female, female sniffing male).
- Male dogs mark more than females, especially when other males are present.
- Dogs of opposite genders play together more often as do dogs of the same size.
- Dogs on a lead are more likely to show threatening behaviour. Same sex encounters are 3 times more likely to result in a threat. Actual bites are 5 times more likely between the same sex than between different genders.
- Owner gender has an effect too… when both owners are men, dogs show threats more often and are 4 times more likely to bite another dog.
Something to consider before you set out on your next dog walk!