I don’t like the smell of balls

Please don’t think I am a bad dog. It’s just that my little sniffer is extremely sensitive and I am only reacting to that funny smell of “male dogs intact”.

I usually have no problems with male dogs. I love Charlie.I liked Winston even though he was a bigger threat to my than any of those dogs with balls.In fact, I had to protect Winston from Charlie!But when I smell a male dog in tact, I react! I bare my teeth and tell them I DO NOT LIKE them. I have no fear of them, no matter how bigOr how sweet –  I sent fear into the heart of Galileo!

And even in a group, I had my eyes on Theo …
I’m coming for you, Theo! (He’s Winston’s brother.)

Listen, I am really not mean. I am just being dog. When I lunge at them … I don’t know why I do it. Mummy always told me off and I know I shouldn’t;t be doing it but something bigger drives me completely insane and I have to attack those dogs with a funny smell!

P.S. I also do not like balls – I mean that round thing that hoomans throw and other dogs run after. I don’t get it. In that way, I guess I am not very dog!

May’s comment: Lisa sent me this article which may explain George’s response to certain dogs …

The most common type of altercation involves neutered males aggressing toward intact males. Neutered males smell like females. The scent of an intact male cause many neutered to react negatively toward them since intact males smell male. The scent of an intact male can cause tensions to rise even before the two dogs engage each other because intact males retain the ability to mate and give of the scent of male, which can be considered a threat to neutered males.

While neutering isn’t known to affect the behavior or personality of the dog it can have a profound impact on the way neutered males perceive their intact counterparts. On the medical side there are many benefits such as longer life spans because neutering may help to reduce the risk of some cancers, particularly testicular cancer, mammary cancer (males & females) and pyometra – a life threatening uterine infection. Spaying a female does not have the same effect on reducing DDA as it does with males, although it does have the same health benefits.” From NJ.com

The day after I wrote the last posting about him, Charlie arrived for a playdate. And while Darcy couldn’t even be bothered with Charlie being here, George was engaging with a growly Charlie. But he wanted to play. I was keeping a keen eye on him – but he’s not that dog that went after Galileo, Orlando nor Theo – all not neutered. So maybe there is truth in that article.

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