Can you look into the eyes of a huge dog?

@I_LUV_U (2519)
India
July 9, 2007 11:30am CST
I'm not talking about your pet doggie here. Suppose, you are walking on a calm road and you see a well built stray dog coming towards you as if a tiger. It comes more and more close to you, you are only few yards away from it. Now, can you look into the eyes of the dog? I can never look into the eyes of a dog, they are so intimidating. Whenever a stray dog stares at me, i just change my eye direction. Then I walk slowly with a pin-drop silence. How about you?
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91 responses
• United States
9 Jul 07
I always do .I don't mind . I love dogs.If it is a strange dog,I am a little careful just in case they aren't friendly
@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
10 Jul 07
A strange dog......in the sense.......strange breed??
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• United States
10 Jul 07
No,I didn't mean strange breed,I meant a strange dog that i wasn't familiar with.
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• China
6 Aug 07
It makes no difference. If you don't stir up him/her,he/she will not attack you.
@matte5 (1913)
• Sweden
9 Jul 07
Hello. I dont hawe any problem with that I hawe met a lots of big dogs in my days and always look them in the yes even dogs that they say are wery angry but they are nice to mee. I think the dogs feel if you are kind and like them or if you are a litlle bit scared of them. Hawe a nice day.
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@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
10 Jul 07
I don't think dogs are enough sensitive to understand whether we are kind or not, just by our looks. Do you think they can read our facial expressions?
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@matte5 (1913)
• Sweden
10 Jul 07
I dont knowe if they can read that but they can feel if wee are afraid or not.
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@jeanena (1944)
• Bucklin, Kansas
11 Jul 07
Dogs do sense the good people .and they also know when you are afraid of them and take advantage of that.
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@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
9 Jul 07
Hello I_LUV_U!:-) In my earlier teenage, I used to do the same thing with dogs as you do. Sometimes it worked but other times it didn't. I thought over it and said to myself, what if I stare back and don't show my fear and show myself as confident; I found it really working for me more than my earlier behavior but sometimes, they still seemed aggressive. Then I started studying animal's behaviors in general, just for study purpose(It was not to save myself from dogs:-)). I very much like documentaries made on animals. What I have learnt from them is that the better you know a specie, the better you can deal with it. Studying animal behavior is very interesting. One general thing that I learnt is that never ever bring them to defense. Most of the animals attack only when they feel offended. Like if you stand still against a venomous snake, it may come to you, breath you, kiss you but it will never bite you and I have seen many demonstrations on documentaries. I have also seen documentaries where cheetah were caught by brothers and in another instance by a husband and a wife. Cheetahs climbed on inclined trees and they went after them to catch them by bare hands. The lesson in both these documentaries were same i.e. know their behavior and you are safe in dealing them. Late in my teenage, I developed some spiritual knowledge. I came to know that animals too can sense existence of higher energy and they respect it and they can also understand some form of communication. Later, I had many experiences being with other people which are unbelievable so I'll refrain from sharing them. I'll just say that they can understand if you try to communicate with them without uttering a single word. This communication depends on eye contact and in letting them believe that you are not someone to be afraid of or some enemy rather you are a friend. I can't guarantee the results and won't suggest you to try it in front of a free animal but you can try it with some dog who is chained or behind some cage. See what you find about them:-)
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@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
10 Jul 07
you've done a lot of studies about animal behaviour......great man!.....well done again:)
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@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
10 Jul 07
I have only started learning I_LUV_U! My knowledge is very limited actually! every time I think that I have learnt something, I feel that there is much more left to learn and the cycle goes on..!
@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
27 Jul 07
That's too great of you, you may still have a lot to learn, but you've also learnt a lot. I can know that from your responses. And yes, i'll try what you suggested in your response someday with a chained dog. I'm marking yours as the best one, CONGRATS!! And, i love all your responses:)
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• India
9 Jul 07
hmmm i know what you mean I_LUV_U strays can be a little intimidating but i guess if we are sacred they sense it and i agree the sensible thing to do is to look the way.......but i have never had a personal expereince that way most strays i met come to me wagging their tail so i just pet them a bit and move but i got to tell you this one incident. sometime back i had this habit of walking to my friend's house though she lived at a considerable distance i loved walking and since it was usaully the afternoon i enjoyed it all the more and after a couple of days a brown dog started walking with me everyday! he would faithfully stand at the road and then walk with till my house and then go back, it was really wierd but we moved house and i dont meet him anymore b'cos now its my friend who drops in to my house i rarely visit her and the few times i have been to her house i have not seen him....
@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
10 Jul 07
you had a bodyguard for free.....LOL
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• United States
10 Jul 07
Have you ever wondered if the dog still kept meeting you only to be disappointed you didn't show up anymore or if the dog sensed you wouldn't be walking so stopped meeting you? I found your experience with the dog a lil strange is all. Makes me wonder who's dog it was or if it was just a stray looking for companionship.
• India
10 Jul 07
hi blackbriar i did wonder and it was really strange and yes i did try to find whose dog he was and learnt he was a stray..... LOL I_LUV_U i did not think of it..yes he was kind of a guard but somehow i thought of him more on the lines of an guardian angel LOL
• United States
27 Jul 07
Yes, I can always look into the eyes of any dog. I have always had a gift that lets animals know that I am not out to hurt them. I worked for an animal shelter and one day they come in with a dog on two choak sticks. After they left and the dog relaxed, I tossed a ball in with the dog. He was just a big puppy. All he needed was someone to love him. I walked into the cage with the dog even as my boss is yelling at me to stay out of the cage. I walked right up to him and he started to cry and lick me. I wanted to take him home but they would not let me as they said that he was going to be put down. I told them that he is fine, I also told them if someone put a choak stick on you, you would try to bite too. I called the local news and told them what was going on and now the dog works as a guard dog for Arm Security.
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@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
27 Jul 07
That's a nice bit of story from you, seem to have understood them well, thanks for sharing:)
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• United States
28 Jul 07
I think that I understand animals better then I do humans most of the time. The great thing about animals is that no matter how bad you treat them, they always have love for you. I think that is why I do so well with animals.
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@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
2 Aug 07
how true!!, i've seen animals in my neighbourhood that go on a hunger strike out of dejection when their owners scold them. Their love is true and divine.
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
9 Jul 07
Looking into the eyes of a dog that is obviously not friendly is challenging it. I find it very helpful to not feel the fear if it is there and to sing a song. They often will stop and listen to you. Kind of funny if you think about it. When I would ride my bike just around sometimes the dogs would come running. I would sing and they would again often stop and listen. Good luck with this.
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@raychill (6530)
• United States
9 Jul 07
Maybe that's why animals love all those fairy tale women in Disney movies so much? They all sang so the animals gathered around :)
@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
10 Jul 07
I liked your response:) well done!:-)
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@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
9 Jul 07
If I did look into his eyes it could be a good thing meaning I am showing my dominance..It could be a bad thing to look because he may want to challenge me..The best thing is to ignore him.
@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
10 Jul 07
you are right there.........there's nothing to lose if we ignore them.
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• China
6 Aug 07
Ease yourself just be more natural If you don't run for your life,nothing serious will happen.
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• Philippines
16 Jul 07
I'm allergic to dogs..waaaaa..it's because I was bitten by a dog when I was 5yrs old. So I'm afraid of dogs...whenever there is a dog I will change my direction or go back to where I came from. I will not walk towards that dog..never.. :(
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@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
19 Jul 07
I too do it at times. Sometimes when i'm in a depressed mood, i would surpasss those huge dogs without my knowledge. Later on i realize it and feel proud of my unconscious accomplishment...LOL
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@jeanena (1944)
• Bucklin, Kansas
11 Jul 07
Being the Mama of one of those BIG dogs , I see alot of people who fear them because of their size . They could esily hurt someone if they feel threatened or that they are being challenged . Thats why i keep my big girl put up most of the time . I am afraid someone not knowing her might cause her harm as well . she could hurt ya just by stepping on your toes .lol
@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
19 Jul 07
You care a lot for your doggie, so kind of you.
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• Pakistan
10 Jul 07
ok first of all i would ... just start going in an opposite direction if i see a stray dog... i mean i m really scared of stray dogs as they can bite anytime... so i wouldnt even think of looking in its eyes... i just try to walk away from the dog's direction.
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@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
19 Jul 07
I do it sometimes as well, only if the dog is a bit far from me.
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• India
10 Jul 07
every morning when i get up i go to see my dog and look into his eyes for a second and the my whole day goes very good . infact i wake up go to the bathroom open my big eyes in front of the mirror and i find a dog dere a huge dog opneing his eyes to see himself haha then my whole dya goes gr8
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@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
19 Jul 07
calling yourself a dog!.....weird reply!.....i think you are fond of dogs. ain't you?
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@disvachic (10121)
• United States
10 Jul 07
No i can't.Im scared of dogs every since i got chased by one when i was riding my bike in my teenage years.If i see one i really do act like i dont see but yet im still looking in the corner of my eyes just in case he starts chasing me.:)
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@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
19 Jul 07
Being chased by a dog while riding the bike!....yes, i've this happening once a few years back near my home. The dog chased the rider successfully, finally he stopped his bike and kicked the dog on its ribs.
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@raychill (6530)
• United States
9 Jul 07
You actually aren't supposed to look any wild animal in the eyes, because they take it as a threat. So if it was dog...even if it was a tame dog or a stray dog you should not make eye contact with it because they could think you are being threatening and then attack you. My cat and I have starring contests though, because he's my cat so he knows I'm not threatening him when I stare at him. With your own domestic pet it's actually a "who's the ruler of the roost" type deal. I always win.
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@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
10 Jul 07
I'm not even 1% afraid of cats, i make regular eye contacts with them.
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@diannebcrs (1549)
• Philippines
10 Jul 07
my teacher once advised us not to look a dog straight in the eyes because some dogs get ticked off by it. some get threatened, some get aggravated and some would eventually attack you. so i never look at them in the eye. it's adviseable to look to the side. looking down would mean you're allowing the dog to dominate and may also trigger the dog to attack to claim it's dominion, in a sense.
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27 Jul 07
I love all animals, but there is something quite unnerving about dogs that could stand on their hind legs and be taller than you. I tend to avoid their gaze, as it is said that dogs can sense fear and that they act on it. x
27 Jul 07
Oh my gosh, I'm so sorry about the triple post! My computer kept timing out and nothing would come up on the browser screen! x
@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
27 Jul 07
hehehe...LoL but i'm disappointed:( I thought three members have responded to me all of a sudden. when i opened the discussion, it was only one, you did make me laugh though. by the way, what is this X, XX, XXX that usually people post at the end of their response? :)
27 Jul 07
They are kisses! One is friendly, the more x's there are, the more love the person is spreading! I always sign with a kiss to spread the love. x
@mummymo (23707)
9 Jul 07
Well I_LUV_U if I come across a large stray dog that looks a bit scary I am the opposite I usually make and maintain eye contact whilst slowly walking away, I also won't show any fear , no matter how scared I am because I think animals sense fear and it makes them attack! xxx
@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
10 Jul 07
LOL....you have a different way........honest reply.....thanks.
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• Philippines
11 Jul 07
I agree with mummymo.I usually maintain eye contact especially with dogs that have established a threatening stance. It actually depends on when to establish eye contact. If the dog has threatened me already, the moment I turn my gaze away from it, it usually signals an opportunity to attack.
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@mummymo (23707)
15 Jul 07
That is why I keep eye contact my friend - I think if I look away that is when the dog will pounce! Welcome to mylot and I hope you enjoy it here - I am sure you will! xxx
@hora_fugit (5424)
• India
30 Jul 07
I don't like the dogs' eyes. But if the situation described above arrives to me, I will not hesistate from looking directly into the dog's eye. That helps me overcome my fear about it. Else I will betray my fear and you know dogs catch it very easily. Better to stare them down. :)
• United States
30 Jul 07
Well my friend it is not the dog's eyes that bite. You can always tell when a dog is ready to bite or lick you. Just look at the tail. If a dog is walking up to you with the tail up high and wagging that dog is ready to greet you with a lick. But if you see a dog with the tail low or straight out then that dog just may bite. But the last one also can mean that the dog may be afraid as well. The best way to deal with a dog that you think might bite is to never look him in the eye. keep your head down and your hands to your side. You want to make yourself to appear as small as you can. Let the dog know that you are sorry for coming into his space. For the most part a dog will then take you into his pack. This is with any dog. Advice is from Palm Beach Animal Care and Control. Palm Beach County, Florida, USA.
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• India
2 Aug 07
Thank you very much.:)
@blackbriar (9080)
• United States
10 Jul 07
I sure do look all dogs straight in their eyes. The eyes are the portal to their souls. I can usually tell what a dog is thinking just by looking deep into their eyes. If it's an aggressive dog, sometimes I'll look to their side cause staring into a dog's eyes is perceived by them as aggression/dominance even if you are friendly to it.
@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
10 Jul 07
Dog psychologist!!!.....LOL
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• United States
10 Jul 07
Domingo - Domingo means "belonging to the lord". Fits him better than 'Buddy' does, no? He still has the air of dominance but is alot more friendly now thanks to tons of love and patience on my part.
Oh how I wish. lol Just speaking from experience is all, I_Luv_you. That's how I ended up with my current dog. Some ppl adopted him from the animal control as a pup but didn't know how to deal with his dominance so they abused him alot. Kept him in a crate or tied to a short leash outside to the point he would threaten anyone who tried to come into his domain. They were going to have him put down so my niece contacted me about him, knowing I could provide him a loving home. I went to meet him and he was just growling/barking/lunging at me. I purposely didn't look into his eyes because of that very fact but he wouldn't warm up to me no matter how much gentle talking I did with him. Finally sat down on the people's couch and told the owner to just let him go. She thought I was nuts and told me so but I said 'Release him, now'. She did and he lunged forward at me but stopped soon as I looked deep into his eyes. We had a stare down for 20min., the whole time with him barking/growling at me from 2' away. I didn't blink nor look away. Just stared deep into his eyes that entire time. He finally stopped his activity and just stood there staring back. Finally, he calmly walked over, sat between my legs, looked up at me and gave me a kiss on my chin. We been best buds since.:-) Brought him home and we started his slow but steady life of no more abuse, no more cages/chains, obedience training and socialization. He's now an 85lb. lap dog that my daughter uses as a pillow while watching TV. He also stays with her whenever she goes walking in the woods. He's still wary with strangers but never like he used to be. If they come in and just ignore him, he's fine with it. He is slowly expanding his circle of human friends with my help. Meaning, I tell them when he climbs into their lap and gives them kisses, he has truely accepted them as his friend and will never try to hurt them.
@pendragon (3352)
• United States
9 Jul 07
You're actually intimidating the dog of you look right into its eyes,also if you press your cheek to its'.I was a dog officer and ran a shelter for approx 6 yrs, and I have "stared down" one of every kind of canine imaginable.Fun stuff,lol.I love 'em.
@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
10 Jul 07
pressing the cheeks!.......i would never ever get so close. Nice to know that you were a dog officer......you must be having an in-depth knowledge of dog behaviour. So, i must consider your reply seriously. I'm not looking into their eyes, anyway.
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@pendragon (3352)
• United States
11 Jul 07
Thanks, and stay safe,its just all good common sense, which you seem to have lots of.
@deepakg4 (896)
• India
6 Aug 07
so you cant show.. then how will i saw your eyes...
@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
6 Aug 07
sorry, i did'nt get you.