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Why Do Dogs Hate Roxy?

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Snook   

As I understand it most dogs find dogs who are bouncy and in your face when they are introducing themselves to be very rude. Dogs are generally pretty subtle with their communication (to us anyway) so the boxer's owner may not notice or understand the signals other dogs are giving off that indicate they want some space, to take things more slowly or want the boxer to calm down a bit. This would make it look like dogs just don't like her rather than that they're responding to her not listening to them.

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I have found that when our two dogs meet others Lili never has a problem as she is very calm and not really all that interested in other dogs. Mosley, however, LOVES other dogs and gets overexcited and is more likely to have a dog growl at him because he's acting like a loon.

I'd say it's got a lot to do with her bounciness, poor munchkin, just wants to be friends with everyone!

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Gosh I wish Roxy lived near me because she would fit right in here! My stafford girl is gutted if the fosters (shar pei) don't know how to or like to play. I've seen her teach one boy how to play tug and eventually they were both zooming up a storm in and out of the house, wrecking stuffed toys and dragging tugs off each other. She lives by the motto Eat. Play. Love. and Sleep.

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milacon   

Which suburb are you located in Pawfect? Roxy sounds like the perfect play buddy for my boy Koda. He's an 8 month old Samoyed and is super bouncy and just wants to play with absolutely everyone! I live in the south eastern suburbs (Keysborough) so maybe we can organise a play date somewhere in the middle?

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HazyWal   

[out. Dogs rely so much on instinct. Have you been walking with him and Roxy?

I have a bulldog and Ive been told apparently other dogs don't like brachy breeds.

Could it be the "snuffling" LOL?? Sort of serious question.

I think it really is the noises. And the fact their eyes are often looking in all sorts of weird directions :laugh:

:laugh: I love all the quirky things about pugs, they are gorgeous dogs.

Poor Roxy she looks beautiful. I hope she finds a playmate soon.

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MsKatie   

Mine still don't understand what pugs are all about - although given the reaction the bloodhound gets from some dogs ( WTF are you???????) I can understand the way pug owners feel laugh.gif

She looks lovely - I agree with finding her som boxer buddies if possible - they can be quite unique in their play style

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She has a sweet face..

It's a shame you are not closer - I know Zig would love her because he loves everything.. Dogs, pups, cats, birds everything but little kids..

He runs from little kids that come at him. If they walk up, he is fine but if they run at him, he seems to be scared and will hide behind my legs.

He has a ball with the pugs at the park we go to. He plays with the biggest lab and a big bouncy boxer and the teeniest Pom I have ever seen..

There are dogs that don't like that bouncy in your face, I wanna be friends thing that some dogs do (I know, I have one of those dogs).

We tend to hang with the dogs that do like it and want to play.

We have been working on his manners because some other dogs don't like the way they just bounce up to them (whether the other dog wants to meet or not). We don't go into the park until he is calm and waiting. He doesn't get to say hello to all dogs on walks but if someone is happy to say hello, he has to walk in calmly - he is not allowed to pull on the lead and barge in. We walk away if he does this and will come back in slowly once he is calm or we walk on - depends on the situation.

It takes time, training and patience - they won't get it right away but they will get it eventually.

There are heaps of tips in the reactive dog thread in the training forum..

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~Anne~   

In my experience, dogs do not like pugs due to the breathing noise sometimes but moreso because pugs have little understanding or reaction of body language. Most pugs will not go into a defensive mode with a dog who is exhibiting warning signs that they do not like the pug being 'in their face'. Pugs often are 'in your face' with other dogs. Pugs seem oblivious.

This is all purely from my observations and experience however.

Edited to add: perhaps Roxy exhibits similar ignorance?

Edited by ~Anne~

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BC Crazy   

I haven't read all of this thread but just wanted to add my girl isn't keen on Boxers. I thought it might have been cause they are usually pretty boucy & excited. Spoke to my girl's breeder & she was of the opinion the it was probably their rather upright, chest out stance that can come off as being 'confrontational'... :)

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My Kenz doesn't generally like brachy breeds. She has issues with the squashy face and the noise. And then she also can't stand dogs that are over excited and will tell them exactly where they can go. I should mention she can't bear any dog that is excessively noisy with their breathing (often it is dogs that are pulling on their lead and choking themselves that set her off the most).

So I think maybe poor Roxy is just sending out signals that other dogs find rude or annoying. She will find someone to play with one day I'm sure!

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Sayreovi   

None of mine like Boxers either, one has such a dislike of them if he sees one he will carry on until he can no longer see it :rolleye: The others just ignore and avoid.

He has never had any negative experiences so I've put it down to the appearance and the noise they make. None of them like bouncy, excited, in your face dogs as well and do everything to avoid them, so a combination is their worst nightmare!

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*kirty*   

Lots of dogs want to pick on my old girl Maisie. It has always been that way. She is a working breed mix so no extreme features, and she isn't interested in other dogs so she isn't rude. But all the fosters, all my own dogs and random dogs we meet out want to have a go at her! Its not full-on attacks, but just this need to grab at her, annoy her, jump on her, etc. Its very odd!

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Plan B   

Not many dogs have taken offence to my Pug.

And if they have, she will let out a war cry that sounds like a chipmunk on acid, hunt them down, and make them like her. And by 'make,' I mean get right in their mouths so she can lick every bit of gum they have, hang off their cheeks, and body-slam them.

And it's my Staffy that people cross the road for. :o

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ruthless   

Shame you're in Vic, cause I bet Bruno would like her :) At the dog park 9 times out of 10 other dogs don't like him because he's bouncy and in their face. When he gets told off he doesn't know what it means so he just keeps trying to initiate play. I don't let him play with unknown dogs anymore after he got a flogging for trying to take a ball from another dog's mouth :o

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huski   

A few dogs don't like my Sibe, I think it's his upright ears and the shape of his eyes make him look like he's staring. And his tail is upright etc.

A few dogs also react to my Malinois, I think a lot of dogs can sense a high energy dog from a mile away. She's actually very polite in how she greets other dogs but I don't allow greetings generally.

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nawnim   

Hi I have owned several boxers and boxers play best with other boxers or with rottis. It's the play style that is the problem. Boxers enjoy body slamming each other and some dogs don't appreciate it.

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Shame you're in Vic, cause I bet Bruno would like her :) At the dog park 9 times out of 10 other dogs don't like him because he's bouncy and in their face. When he gets told off he doesn't know what it means so he just keeps trying to initiate play. I don't let him play with unknown dogs anymore after he got a flogging for trying to take a ball from another dog's mouth :o

This is exactly what Zig is like.

Other than the ball thing - he loves balls but if another dog has it, he is happy to run with them and never takes it off them..

As long as there is a dog running, he is happy to run with them..

ETA - Zig has a boxer mate at the park and they play really well together. They run side by side doing the shoulder slamming. He weighs heaps more than Zig and sometimes even gets a bit rough for him. But they are both mud monsters so if there is water and mud, they are happiest running through it together.

Edited by Staffyluv

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Kirislin   

"We" being my dogs and I know a boxer at the park. She is very friendly and gentle but gushy. She wants to lick all the dogs faces whether they want it or not, and although they're now used to her, when they first saw her face they were afraid. I think they couldn't recognise her expression. They were the same with their first shar pei. Those dogs with lots of folds seem to confuse them.

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hankdog   

Yes Jed we are a lovely argument for the animal rights. Through Internet sleuthing I found out he is a new improved bulldog breed and was for sale as a breeding dog. So if you want we are also appropriate examples for the following arguments:

Animal rights

Purebred vs Crossbred

BYB is bad

Adopt from rescue rather than pound

Numpty not paying attention to temp test

Numpty ignoring pound lady advice

But we hope to feature in the following:

Old dogs can learn new tricks (owner and dog)

Reactive dogs can be managed.

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BoxerB   

lol feeling the Boxer love in here :)

I reckon Roxy is fine and you don't need to do anything to get "other dogs to like her". Just be a little more choosy as to who you let play with her. A lot of what people are describing here is exactly why i love a Boxer, and the traits are the core of their personality.

Unless she is aggressively approaching other dogs (whish she obviuolsy isn't by your post), no need to change/do anything.

Shame you're in Vic, cause I bet Bruno would like her :) At the dog park 9 times out of 10 other dogs don't like him because he's bouncy and in their face. When he gets told off he doesn't know what it means so he just keeps trying to initiate play. I don't let him play with unknown dogs anymore after he got a flogging for trying to take a ball from another dog's mouth :o
This is exactly what Zig is like.Other than the ball thing - he loves balls but if another dog has it, he is happy to run with them and never takes it off them.. As long as there is a dog running, he is happy to run with them..ETA - Zig has a boxer mate at the park and they play really well together. They run side by side doing the shoulder slamming. He weighs heaps more than Zig and sometimes even gets a bit rough for him. But they are both mud monsters so if there is water and mud, they are happiest running through it together.

Zig sounds like perfection, and exactly how i hope my little punk turns out :)

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