Post # 1
Do any of you believe that dogs or animals can sense “bad people”? I’m asking this because last night my FI’s youngest brother (yes, the one we’ve had problems with in the past for those of you who remember previous posts) came over to do laundry and some pretty crazy stuff started happening. Our dog is sometimes a little wary of new people, but most times he’ll run and jump and try for kisses and wag his bum uncontrollably when people come over. He knows FI’s brother and has since he was a pup.
Well, when FI’s brother came by the dog didn’t want to go near him. He’s been like that a little in the past, but usually just goes into his kennel or lays down. We were eventually all sitting around in the living room and my dog hopped up on the couch between FI’s brother and myself. The next part shocked me because he NEVER does this. FI’s brother goes to pet him and he growls and shows his teeth! All the hair on his back stood up and he hunched over like he was going to attack! I pulled him off the couch and made him go lay down on his bed thinking maybe he was acting up because we had some snacks on the table. Still very strange..
As soon as all the food was gone and he was quiet I let the dog come back in the living room. This time all FI’s brother did was walk past him and the dog snapped at him and started barking and gowling. I tried to pull him away and he bit me! I finally just locked him in the bathroom with his blanket and some food & water. He’s never even come close to biting me before this. He’s not an aggresive dog.
It wasn’t until 1 hour after FI’s brother left and I gave the dog a good pat down and let him in my bed with me that he calmed down. This morning he was back to his usual self and was cheerful and wagging his tail.
My mom thinks that since FI’s brother has been getting mixed up with the wrong crowd and has possibly (we have no proof) being doing terrible things the dog senses this and doesn’t like him. Another posibility is that FI’s brother maybe hit or hurt our dog when he was a little pup and FI’s brother stayed with us for a few months. I just don;t know what to think. Does anyone else have experience with similar situations? Could this just be my dog acting up? I just can’t shake the feeling that something was very wrong about the whole situation…
Post # 3
My dog definitely can tell if someone’s not a very nice person. It’s not an exact science (he also hates people wearing hats, mailmen, etc), but if there are no outlying factors, he’s spotted a few people.
I think it depends on the dog, some of them just like everyone :). In your case, since it was so extreme, I would almost think that your Future Brother-In-Law had maybe hit him or yelled at him to get such an extreme reaction :(.
Post # 4
Maybe your Fiance brother did something to him one time that he didn’t like? Dogs will remember people who mistreat them etc. (not saying that your Fiance brother DID mistreat him, just maybe he did something the dog didn’t like) 🙂
Post # 5
I don’t have as much experience about this with dogs, but anytime someone “bad” came over – someone who would abuse an animal, or who caused turmoil in our lives (lying, cheating, stealing) – my cat would run upstairs and hide under the bed. Even if she’d never met them before. Everyone else she’d pretty much come over to the door and greet them. So, yes, at the very least, I think my kitty is a good judge of character 🙂
Post # 6
Our old dog one day was out in the yard doing her normal things, we rarely put her on a leash because she would stay right with you, well this white van pulled up alongside our yard. (we live in the country it’s very odd to have a person pull over) well she went running right over there, and the person opened their door, and she went nutzo, ear’s back, teeth out, she was not a happy dog, well dh was already chasing after her, and by the time he got to that van he realized that the guy inside the van, was this creep who lived above the country store my Darling Husband use to go to when he was little, and was convicted of being a child molester on numerous counts and had just gotten out of jail.
That was the one and only time she acted like that and I 100% am glad she did! That guy had been trying to get our neighbors across the way from us to hire him to cut down some trees, they have two young children, one being a son that matches the description of the boys that guy used to abuse!
Post # 7
@sizzle: Oh gosh that’s terrible! It’s cases like this that make me believe that dogs must live on a different frequency than us.
I can’t help but think that FI’s brother DID do something to our dog. It’s really sad to think, but when I try to look back I can picture a couple times where he may have been a little rough with him and those were times that I was home and present. It’s just very upsetting to think that those things might have been going on under my own roof, especially since we call our dog our “fur baby” and treat him like a child 🙁
Post # 8
My one dog can sense right away if someone is shady. He will stand in front of me and not allow hugs or tuching from that person. He will show his teeth and give a really low growel. I totally trust him. It sounds like there is more going on than the dog just not liking your FI’s brother since he had a really strong reaction to him.
However, my other dog, a black lab, loves everyone and everything!
Post # 9
@mrs.peters.to.be: I hope maybe your dog was just having a bad day and that your bil hasn’t done anything horrible to make your dog hate him! Maybe next time your bil comes over you could have him walk in with some dog treats and be really really nice to your dog!
I really think dogs can just sense and maybe inerpret people on a different level than what we do and they react out of instinct, which sometimes can be bad, but in my old dogs instance I am so glad she did!
Post # 10
I’m studying to be a biologist, specifically with wildlife so thought I could add a different scientific perspective. I was also a dog groomer for 6 years so learned a lot of dog behavior there.
I don’t really think they can sense a person’s character. If that were the case, so many of the huge amount of dogs that are abused/killed each year would never have trusted the abuser in the first place. Many dogs are lured by sicko abusers (which I think we can agree are bad people) so it kind of nixes that idea. What I know that dogs ARE very sensitive to is our reactions to other people. And even if you say ‘well, I don’t act differently to them’ your body does. When you are around someone that you are uncomfortable with or that you sense is ‘wrong’ or ‘bad’ your body gives out chemical signals. Dogs are able to detect those things that we cannot. They can sense a slight change in Ph, from sweat glands being activated due to stress and that kind of thing. It’s pretty amazing how they can sense our chemical changes. They are also sensitive to magnetic changes, like the moons pull, which is also why so many dogs and cats go missing right before natural disasters – pretty facsinating stuff.
Post # 11
I’m with luckyprincess, your dog was most likely sensing your feelings towards your future brother in law. I think dogs can sense whether people have good and bad intentions based on physical/chemical signs that are too subtle for humans to notice.
Post # 12
Dogs are especially astute at sensing body language and general demeanor. They really can sense negative energy – my dogs have always been able to sense 100% when someone less than good has been around. They can also read of fof how you are acting towards someone, even on a subconscious level.
Post # 13
@luckyprincess: Very interesting stuff. Thanks for adding!
I guess it could be possible that my dog is reading off the bad blood that Future Brother-In-Law and I have, but we’ve been on better terms lately so this surprised me.
I think I’ll just have to see how he reacts to Future Brother-In-Law next time he is over to really gage what is going on. It seems to me that the situation is getting progressively worse, however. I kept getting this feeling that I needed to protect my dog last night, rather than protect my FBIL from being bitten…it was weird!
Post # 14
One of my dogs loves everyone, the other one goes crazy when someone is in our house that he considers “shady” (i guess that’s the best way to put it). He tends to be very cuddly/friendly with people he knows, and a little anxious when people are over who he doesn’t know, but some people just set him off–even people we’ve known since he was a puppy! I feel like it’s only the people we know who are a little sketchy, like people we catch lying about little stuff all the time. I don’t like it when he barks but I’m happy to have a dog who is so in tune with people’s intentions.
Post # 15
I believe that dogs can sense their owner’s energy and feed off of that. So, if you’re not too fond of this brother, your dog probably senses it. I also know that dogs can have strange behavior around certain smells…things you might not smell…like drugs. I dont’ know the story on your Future Brother-In-Law, but that could also be an explanation. I don’t think dogs just “know” when somebody is “bad.” There are “bad” things about everybody. But they certainly can sense things we might not.
Post # 16
I said sometimes because I think SOME pets can, but some can’t. I mean some pets have a nature that will love anyone no matter what. Some pets have had bad things happen in their life that they’re wary of anyone (or certain people– like men). But some pets I do think can be good and discriminating judges of character.