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Camillesdad 01-14-2008 12:21 PM

Neutral ground introductions
In reading through the gazillion posts on the site, I've begun to wonder about something. Does the neutral territory introduction apply to humans when meeting Dobies? Camille was 3 when I introduced her to Sherri (my now significant other) at her favorite park. We had been dating a couple of weeks and I told Sherri that I would give up my Camille for no-one, not for any reason, end of subject.
Sherri had never been up close with a Dobie before, but wasn't apprehensive. So we take different cars to meet at the park, and I swear I lost my dog that day. Camille was instantly in love. We came back to my home, and Camille began her now permanent position of her head in Sherri's lap, laying between the two of us on the couch. Do you think the introduction influenced this? Camille was ALWAYS very alert and protective of me (not aggresive) when she'd meet people at home. I know that Dobies are very good at determining the character of people. Picking up that "vibe". Maybe I just answered my own question.
I dunno, just wondering if any of you guys had any insight to this.


dobes4us 01-15-2008 11:50 AM

Interesting....My dobes have always showed a greater insterest in some people over others (always introduced at our house), I think it is the good judge of character.

JavasMom 01-15-2008 12:08 PM

Java is the same way - will immediately plop herself into the laps of some people and will just sit quietly on her floor pillow when others visit. My MinPin was an excellent judge of character - to the point where her hackles would raise when certain people would enter my parent's house. She wouldn't attack, just react. Funny how years later I have now learned that the young teens she didn't like the most are now adults with police records. I'm sure they also pick up on our reactions to the people we allow into our lives.

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