(Closed) Do you believe dogs can sense a bad person?

posted 8 years ago in Pets
  • poll: Do you believe that dogs and animals can sense "bad" people?
    Yes. 100 % : (38 votes)
    52 %
    Sometimes.. : (27 votes)
    37 %
    No. It's the animal's temperment that needs to be looked at. : (5 votes)
    7 %
    Other. : (3 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
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    6394 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    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
    Member
    168 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    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
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    239 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    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
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    171 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    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 # 8
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    246 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    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
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    171 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    @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
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    1267 posts
    Bumble bee

    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
    Member
    5800 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    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
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    10366 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    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 # 14
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    1890 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    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
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    2103 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    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
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    11325 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    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. 

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