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Afraid of nose ring?

Hello all! This is my first post, and I'd like to offer a little background before I ask my question. My fiance was parent to a Havanese named Lizzie when we met (sadly, she is no longer with us). Lizzie eventually warmed up to me, but was initially quite unsure of me. We weren't sure why, until I first met my fiance's parents' Havanese, Sophie. Sophie was immediately skittish of me, and always seemed to be headed in the opposite direction. I've never had this issue with any other breed (my family has always had German Shepherds and Labs), so I was quite upset by this behavior. My future mother-in-law suggested that it was perhaps due to the fact that I have a septum piercing (the center of the nose; aka "bull ring"). Has anyone else encountered this issue, and if so, how was it resolved?

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Sounds to me like someone/thing is trying to tell you something. Is it possible to take it out and see what happens? I'm not familiar with nose rings, sorry!
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Welcome , interesting story. Sorry about your loss. I doubt that a nose ring would cause that. I would think it was something else.

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The only reason I thought that may be the case is because a repair man came to my future mother-in-law's house with a similar piercing and Sophie had a similar reaction. I will take it out on their next visit. One other possible explanation for this is the scent caused by this particular piercing can be quite strong and may be rather off putting to the her. I guess I'll try removing it and post what happens!
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The only reason I thought that may be the case is because a repair man came to my future mother-in-law's house with a similar piercing and Sophie had a similar reaction. I will take it out on their next visit. One other possible explanation for this is the scent caused by this particular piercing can be quite strong and may be rather off putting to the her. I guess I'll try removing it and post what happens!
It's not impossible, but when it comes to dog behavior , we try to rule out the more obvious things first. Puppies have a greater aversion to males in general.

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Weird story; never heard anything like that before. I know people who are scared of piercings though
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Is she friendly around other new people? Maybe in dealing with shepherds and labs you have more assertive body language that the Hav's aren't used to? I agree that it seems unlikely that a piercing would cause that much aversion. I have my nose double pierced with a ring and a stud and I have never had any problems with it. Who knows, maybe it will just take her a little more time to adjust to you!

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