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After a number of unpleasant incidents, I now keep Hudson the wonder dog on a leash when we walk the doggie trail to avoid issues from her tendency to challenge other dogs. After working to make her aware that this is unacceptable behavior, I am growing optimistic that her attitude towards other dogs may be softening, as we've had a bunch of relatively peaceful encounters lately. This includes three yesterday, the last of which was like icing on the cake, as it was with a Newfie who had to be 150 lbs, teaching Hudsey a valuable lesson in deference.

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7. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 14, 2010, 16:03  Blue 
Creston wrote on Sep 14, 2010, 13:50:
I doubt Hudson was impressed with the Newfoundlander being 150 lbs. Dogs never seem to understand the concept of size, for some reason. :)

I know what you mean about that regarding little dogs, but I am positive that size is a factor for Hudson. She is not small herself: She's a lean 55 lbs, but at 25" at the shoulder, she towers over most dogs she meets. She has only had the reaction I saw from her yesterday on two other occasions, once in meeting my uncle's old Mastiff, and the second time meeting his new Mastiff, each a monster weighing in at around 180 lbs. In all three cases (including yesterday) she would not make eye-contact with the other dog (normally her favorite provocative act), and in yesterday's case she walked an extra 10 or more feet out of our way to avoid getting too close to the Newfie (who was, true to his breed, as gentle as a lamb). The time she met my uncle's first Mastiff was the first time she showed any indication that there is a reverse gear in her transmission, as she backed away from him as if he might be explosive.

BTW, the Newfie had the best dog name ever, given his appearance: Fezzik.

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