Our next door neighbor has a 9 year old Akita who she regularly walks and takes to the same dog park Casey and I frequent. This Akita met Casey for the first time when Casey was just a pup (about 3 months old) and, being that we live next door to one another, has met Casey numerous times on and off-leash (at the aforementioned dog park) since that time.

Now this Akita HATES Casey with a fiery, fiery passion. Everything about her body language and behaviour, since their very first meeting, has been "I despise you and you need to stay out of my space." She'll actively avoid Casey when out walking, and if Casey gets anywhere near her personal space, she growls, shows her teeth and air-snaps in a very obvious "GO AWAY" set of actions. She'll turn her back, move away, do anything and everything in her power to avoid interacting with my dog.

This doesn't bother me in the slightest; Casey is very high-energy and can be obnoxious and it doesn't matter to me in the least if my neighbors dog dislikes her. I don’t blame her either, sometimes I find Casey’s energy and excitement a bit obnoxious, lol.

I am wondering why it is that Casey hasn't taken the hint from the Akita's very obvious and very consistent reactions to her. Despite constantly being informed in no uncertain terms to steer clear, every time we see this Akita Casey lunges and cries and does everything in her power to get near. And if she's successful (sometimes she is, sometimes she isn't) she gets the same response she's always gotten.

I can't imagine she doesn't remember these past reactions, and she seems more interested in this Akita than a lot of other dogs we’ve passed while out walking. Is Casey getting pleasure out of annoying her? Is she hoping to change her mind? Is she just an idiot?

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Comment by Beth on July 22, 2010 at 9:13pm
This is very normal puppy behavior. Puppies don't take "no" for an answer and really crave the attention of adult dogs. Adolescent pups especially can be very pushy and "rude" with adult dogs; it's a normal part of their coming-of-age. It's also possible that the Akita is not very convincing in her display. Once we had our two out playing with a very submissive adult lab, and a very rude six-month-old lab/pit mix who was running over the top of everyone.

Maddie snarked at the pup about six times and the pup kept right on doing what she was doing. Jack turned around and gave her one good growl-bark/airsnap and the pup minded where she landed after that. Maddie tried real hard but she's a relatively submissive dog and her "threat" displays don't fool anyone. Jack is normally easy-going with other dogs, but he's more dominant and the pup minded him instantly.
Comment by Monica, Orion, and Laika on July 22, 2010 at 6:20pm
Orion needs his naps during the day, otherwise he's a jerk :P so sometimes he'll be trying to nap and my brother's aussie will just keep coming up and messing with him, biting his neck, pawing at his face, etc. Orion shows obvious signs of being irritated as all hell and I know Finn is smart enough to pick up on it but he just keeps at it even if we tell him not to. This is the ONLY thing Finn does that he doesn't listen to us when we tell him to stop, it's like when little kids are picking on their sibling just to see them squeal. This is probably a similar thing, or maybe she thinks if she harasses the akita enough, the akita will finally give in, haha
Comment by Cassandra on July 22, 2010 at 6:10pm
I agree that a Corgi might just get a tickle from bugging another! But I think its also likely that Casey's hoping to change this Akita's mind. Does Casey have other dog friends that she shares a more reciprocative relationship with? My sister had a Boston Terrier that had the same approach to Molly that Casey has to the Akita, and I'm sure that the Boston was desperate for approval from Molly.
Comment by Kitty Kirwin on July 22, 2010 at 6:00pm
She is enjoying annoying the other dog. She thinks it's funny. Gwenie does that to my son! He says don't jump on me she does. I love it so funny that they get pleasure out of being them selves!
Comment by Cody, Carly, Addie, and Becki on July 22, 2010 at 5:35pm
Cody and Addie both do things, I think, just to drive me crazy. No matter how many times you tell them no, they stop for a few seconds then go right back to doing it again.
Comment by Chris West on July 22, 2010 at 5:28pm
I often think that Frosty does obnoxious seemingly stupid things just because he thinks it is funny that it annoys me. No matter how mad I get at him for something, he just rolls on his back all submissive, while at the same time laughing in my face and wagging his tail. I think they secretly plot ways to drive everyone crazy when no one is around. Frosty has figured out which behaviors irritate which people in our house, and then he will only do those things to that one person it annoys. Hope that makes some sense?? LOL!! So even though they may seem stupid sometimes, it is really all a part of their highly intelligent devious plan! BewareQQ

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