dogcrazyjen wrote:A dog may have a gut panic reaction if it is drowning, but it is unlikely it understands that the result of drowning is death. An infant will struggle if it is drowning, but even at 3 years old a child has no real concept of death. If you have ever tried to explain to a toddler what death is, it is quite obvious they cannot concieve of the idea. The body has very strong chemical reactions when it is in danger which have nothing to do with conscious thought. If you would like I can get out my psychology book and point out what parts of the brain are reacting with what chemicals. It is very interesting how much of our actions are unconscious.
Which is exactly why I think shelter/rescue dogs are all the more appreciative of the people who adopt/"save" them. I firmly believe they really do know.
My mom's Rottie was on death row at the pound. That was 10 years ago, we bought him for $5. Best $5 ever spent! He is a love-bug and I truly think he appreciates us.
dogcrazyjen wrote:Could he have been trying to climb up on the bouys to get out of the water?
Marinepits wrote:So, found this on another forum.
http://forums.ibsys.com/viewmessages.cf ... sageorder=
Put on your helmets and your waders, LOL.
SisMorphine wrote:DemoDick wrote:RE: Dog AggressionI would say it was normal pit bull behavior, but not exactly normal dog behavior since dogs in general are a pack animal, with the exception of the breeds that we (as humans) have tampered with.
Even wild dogs who live in packs frequently exhibit some aggression to their own kind. That is, after all, how pack order is decided. That's why it is normal. There are examples of every breed that are dog aggressive. It's something that anyone who gets a dog should be prepared to deal with.
I don't see deciding pack order as aggression. I see it more as social necessity. When I think "dog aggression" I think of a dog who either wants all dogs dead, or who wants certain dogs dead, seemingly based on little to no reason. Irrational Behavior.
Deciding pack order is rational. Correcting other dogs is rational. Wanting a dog dead because it's in your sights is not. I see a HUGE difference there.
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