What is it about dogs that they sense good or bad in someone?

@loujac3 (1188)
United States
June 1, 2008 11:06pm CST
I live with friends and they have another renter living on the property. My dog gives out a deep gutteral growl everytime this guy is anywhere near me. He has even tried to sneek up on the guy to get a nip in. Today I was sitting outside and I did not even hear this guy approaching. My dog growled and I ordered him to come. I then looked around and there was that renter. My dog absolutely does not trust this guy. I have always felt that if my dog reacted well around someone then I could feel safe around that person. Do you have a pet that is overprotective of you?
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@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
4 Jun 08
They don't see the facade, they just see what they see, if you know what I mean. I think that they can "smell" or sense bad in people, I really do. I had a dog, God rest her beautiful soul, who was the most gentle dog you could ever know, but once in a bloom moon, she would growl at a person, that low, warning growl that says, "Stay away, or else." I really feel she knew if someone was not a nice person or seemed like a threat to her.
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@loujac3 (1188)
• United States
5 Jun 08
That is exactly the growl I am referring to. Tec does not like that guy and he lets me know any time that guy comes around. The dog will also avoid getting close to the guy. Tec is really my guardian angel.
• United States
8 Jun 08
I don't know how they know. But I can tell you I do NOT like anyone who does not like dogs? And anyone my dogs don't like, I have nothing more to do with that person. Dogs DO know good people from bad. I have seen it work and they seem to be accurate.
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@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
8 Jun 08
I do believe dogs have some special intuition, hence they are able to sense any thing that is not the norm ahead of human beings. Whenever I heard a dog growling, my antenna would be on alert. I keep no pets though.
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• United States
2 Jun 08
Yes, I have a Peke like that. I even call him my best judge of character...lol. Believe it or not, I have a hard time trusting anyone he does not like. He has been on the mark a few times when I was on the fence so if he growls I get weary. He barks at everyone, but growls at only a few. He's a good boy who warms up to most people quickly. I don't know how they do it, but they always seem to know. We even joke with my daughter that when she is old enough before she will be able to go out on a date he must come into the house. She said "Oh, you want to meet them?" I told her no, I want Sparky (my Peke) to meet them...lol.
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