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    When ever we meet other dogs Leo always greats them with the same wagging tail and sniffing all the right bits.......unless the other dog is a schnauzer.
    For some reason when ever we meet this breed of dog Leo becomes quite agitated and growls and barks!
    It happened again last week when we were out for a walk. The schnauzer we met immediately started to growl and bark back but in fairness to him Leo started it!
    I dont know why he's like this with this breed of dog. We've never had issues with schnauzers, never been attacked by one or had any bad experiences...it doesnt make sense.
    I have friends and even my hairdresser who come to the house with their dogs (not schnauzers) and Leo is always so pleased to meet and greet them.

    Anyone got any ideas?
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    No ideas on this at all but you could have written the exact same thing about Sydney and yellow labs! I don't understand it either.
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    Daisy has a special hatred for golden retrievers, followed by border collies. She plays happily with a chocolate lab, a scotty, and a german short-haired pointer in our neighborhood. But if one of the hated golden retrievers walks politely by on a leash -- watch out!

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    It might be the body language that the other dog is giving off that sets him off or a combination of the signals both dogs are giving off. I read a book about animal communication that specifically mentioned that Cavaliers are so far removed from their ancestors (wolves) that they have lost almost all of the traditional dominance and submissive signals that they show towards each other and tend to get into trouble because they give off inappropriate signals and/or don't pick up on other dogs signals. If I recall correctly this study concluded that Cavaliers have only 2 of the 10 dominance/submissive signals and they are both dominance. The study also suggested that dogs that look more closely like wolves are most likely to have the least problems dealing socially with other dogs.

    I'm not sure I totally believe it but it did make for some interesting reading and I try to be aware if my guys are staring (we train with border collies so I know that is a precursor of trouble) and just generally be aware of everybody's body language.
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    Thanks for the replies...It's nice to know Leo isnt the only one with "issues".
    Mindysmom that did make interesting reading thank you. The minute Leo sees a schnauzer his whole body stance changes, Ive tried calmly talking to him, ignoring him, calmly walking on....but nothing works.
    Im still not sure why it's only Schnauzers that Leo has an aversion to. We were over the forest today where we met several dogs and everyone got on lovely....but there were no schnauzers
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    Quote Originally Posted by meljoy View Post
    Thanks for the replies...It's nice to know Leo isnt the only one with "issues".
    Mindysmom that did make interesting reading thank you. The minute Leo sees a schnauzer his whole body stance changes, Ive tried calmly talking to him, ignoring him, calmly walking on....but nothing works.
    Im still not sure why it's only Schnauzers that Leo has an aversion to. We were over the forest today where we met several dogs and everyone got on lovely....but there were no schnauzers
    We used to have a Schnauzer in our class and my Cavaliers didn't mind her but a lot of the other dogs had issues with the Schnauzer, and she was a lovely dog. It was suggested that it is the thick eyebrows other dogs don't like the look off.
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