Is your Doodle friend or foe?

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Is your Doodle friend or foe?

Post by Jay128 » 06 Apr 2013, 14:36

We have been away for a couple of nights to north Wales, just me, Hubby and Poppy. Poppy has been with us all the time and its been lovely. However taking her everywhere has been interesting because of the other dogs we've met, their owners and their comments about their dogs.

To me Poppy is a typical Doodle, happy little soul who likes to greet everyone but I have been amazed how many people describe their dogs as unfriendly, aggressive, nasty and a whole host of other negative descriptive words.
Do you or anyone you know have a grumpy Doodle?

What makes a dog grumpy?
Lack of socolisation, treatment, or family history?
We met lots of Doodles whilst we were away and none where described using any of the above negative words and all where eager to play and bounce.

Should people be vetted before they can home a dog?
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Post by suebedo » 06 Apr 2013, 15:03

Our puppy trainer was round today and he was lovely about Fozzie. He said he was a lovely friendly, balanced puppy who was amazingly well behaved for a 5 month old :D :D :D :D . My chest was VERY puffed. He has apparently met 2 other labradoodles and he was laughing about how bouncy and joyful they were. It's in their nature to be happy :D .
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Post by hockborn » 06 Apr 2013, 15:09

All 3 of my doods are happy bouncy and lovely dogs. They are great with other dogs and people. Louis is bouncier than most and has naughty tendancies!!!!

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Post by Doodle Dee » 06 Apr 2013, 15:17

definite friend much too friendly and cos she is pretty and sweet doggy people say dont worry when she flies at them and if they are not doggy people they say she is uncontrollable - well I suppose she is but if they didnt wave their hands to shoo her off she wouldn't think they were playing but hey that's another post but definitely friendly
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Post by eileenandmolly » 06 Apr 2013, 16:38

Molly used to be a typical doodle - whizzing off to far horizons to say a bouncy hello to any human or dog she could spot in he distance! She was overly boisterous, so wasn't always welcomed :oops: She also played well in large groups of dogs, and her social life was better than mine! But, as she got older (she's coming up to 7 now) she decided she didn't like 1. over-long sniffing of her rear end , and 2. bouncy pups. (Hypocrite :lol: ) I always call her to me when bouncy pups are around, and tell the owners she's turned into a bit pf a grump with pups - 9 times out of 10 the owner will say "Oh good, he/she needs a lessson" so Molly is freed to tell off the pesky pup! (She gives a warning snarl and growl, and usually pup takes notice!) But otherwise, and certainly with tiny/young pups, I keep her away from the pup. But she is very indulgent with Saffie and she allows Saffie to barge into her, bowl her over, bite her neck, chase her..... :roll: But I'd say both Molly and Saffie are friends not foes!
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Post by stout » 06 Apr 2013, 17:58

Stout is a very friendly cuddly chap, and spends most of his time wagging his tail. Most people who meet him say he has a lovely nature, and he always seems to get fuss when we are out and about.

He can be grumpy when he is tired and we are trying to evict him from our bed, I know, the cheek of it that we might actually want some foot room :roll:

He can also be grumpy with pups, but only when he is on his lead and they are trying to jump all over him, we do keep trying to point out that we know someone who used to do exactly the same, mentioning no names....
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Post by brucey doodle » 06 Apr 2013, 18:45

If you met my doodle whilst on his lead or if your dog went round his back end or attempted to mount him he would be a foe .
He's been we'll socialised , well treated and attended classes .
He has been attacked twice on two separate occasions whilst on his lead and bit on the face when he was younger (typical doodle thought every dog was up for a play) he's now 4 and has a 6 month old doodle sister who he loves and she gets away with murder hanging off his ears ect so I wouldn't say he's an aggressive dog but i have used the words grumpy or aggressive just so people will get there dog under control when they approach him . 90% of the time in an open field off lead he'll play and get on with any dog but if he takes a disliking to a dog he will warn it to stay away by growling so ill put my hands up i haven't got a perfect doodle and I don't know if its the attacks from when he was younger or something we did wrong but we love him and he's great with kids :D
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Post by Lianne » 06 Apr 2013, 18:49

Barney is definitely still at the too friendly stage and is one of those pups who gets on the nerves of older dogs! I think he's slowly starting to learn to be a little more cautious and has been "told off" by a couple of dogs but we've only had a couple of encounters with nasty dogs. Most have been very tolerant of him until he really does become too much.

Our bigger problem is with people. Barney has absolutely no concept of the fact that not everyone loves him, not everyone appreciates muddy paw prints all over them and that small children are not that sturdy and a 17kg puppy throwing himself at them tends not to be all that well received!! We're currently trying to stay one step ahead of him and get his attention before he legs it to make friends with some poor unsuspecting child but they are truly mortifying moments when he charges a toddler.

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Post by suebedo » 06 Apr 2013, 18:59

The trainer gave me a good idea for children / toddler socialisation but I am a bit worried about being arrested for loitering! Luckily he is a police dog handler so at least they will know I'm telling the truth.

When the kids are back to school in a week, I will be visiting local primary school and walking up and down outside the gates at the end of the day on his new slip lead. I WILL teach him what is acceptable and what is not. Once we have got that done we will work on a long lead in a park to allow some closer proximity to kids where I can still get him. Neither the trainer or me like long / extending leads but in this case it may prove worthwhile for a short time! I'll let you know how I get in and what the inside of a police cell looks like if people get suspicious :D
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Post by Bid » 06 Apr 2013, 19:12

Definitely friend! All three of mine love dogs, people, children etc. :D :D With dogs Beamish gets stuck in for a game, but will leave alone if told, and Poppy is pretty quiet and self contained until she knows a dog and then she plays hard! Daisy is the social star - she is very good at canine communication - she will curve if need be, crawl on her belly, occasionally go belly up, tell off when required, ignore, or sometimes just stand still - she seems to know what is required. She also adores small toddlers - they can hug her, pull her ears or tail, bash her on the head (I know - what idiots let their kids do this :roll: , but they do!) and she loves it!
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Post by Jay128 » 06 Apr 2013, 19:59

Poppy has spells when she is a star and although she may go charging up to a dog she will stop about 10 feet away and almost seems to stand and judge the other dogs mood and then makes a decision as to wether to bowl on in or run back to us.
She was so well behaved around town, walking beautifully and taking any interest in her with great joy. She found several lovely dogs to play with on beaches even stealing a ball from a standard poodle whos owners thought it was so funny as thats exactly what he used to do when he was tiny.

She has been told off or grumped, as we call it, by several dogs and seems to be learning that they don't want to be bothered with a puppy which I think is fair enough.
I tend to find that older dogs are really good and will only tell her off if we cannot get her back before she starts to push it, but she has never been met with teeth! :roll:
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Post by pixie's mum » 06 Apr 2013, 20:03

Pixie and Jazz are the most loveable and joyous dogs I have ever owned. There isn't a shred of aggression in either of them in fact they are a bit woosie really.
I had a big daft friendly doberman who was sooo friendly but looked aggressive so I was constantly defending him as a gentle giant
Max my rhodesian ridgeback was stunning but aggressive looking but he was a lovely lad (unless you were a vet !!) but true to breed he was aloof and not particularly cuddly unless he wanted one.
Tess my bull mastiff was a rescue and she was very dog aggressive so lots of apologies over the years. She had a bad start and we worked very hard with her - with humans she was a dream but dogs not so good. In saying that she adopted both doodle pups within minutes and taught them manners and boundaries and never hurt them.
So I have had my share of apologising but only for doodle bouncing and boing-ing - look at all the doodle meets and doodlefest - I have never seen any aggression there

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Post by ClareV » 06 Apr 2013, 20:17

Mine used to be very friendly with any dog, but got bitten on his chest once with no warning from the other dog at all. That has made me rather anxious while he is on the lead, and although I try not to transmit the nerves he can be growly when another dog greets him and he is on the lead. I think it is his protective mode. However, off the lead he bounces up for a chat. I have been advised to let him do a max of three second greet, so to lead him off before he decides whether to be aggro or friendly. Work in progress!

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Post by doodleted » 07 Apr 2013, 10:50

Ted is certainly Friend.
He loves everything and everybody.
Even being bitten by another dog hasnt dampened his enthusiasm.
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Post by blueboysgirl » 07 Apr 2013, 12:42

Living in a built up area, there are mostly 'on lead' dogs, until you get to the enclosed park, where you can let the dogs off.

Now, Bruno is really friendly, is totally clueless to other dog's warning snarls or growls (thinks they are playing), will bowl up to ANY dog, loves a good bum sniff etc.

I would TOTALLY prefer this, to what 95% of the other dogs I meet around my area are like.

I meet snarly, aggressive, lunging growling foaming dogs who just ''aren't good with other dogs''. And I often get told that I need to control my dog more. :shock:

Yes, I would like to have more control over him when it comes to him wanting to meet other dogs, but without said dogs in the horizon, Bruno is obedient, comes when called, gentle with kids, knows all of his commands, and is just a happy soul! Much prefer my dopey loveable playful brute any day. At least I can trust him COMPLETELY with other dogs.

He's a lover, not a fighter. :D
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