Gryff and Jinx Mommy
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: New Paltz, NY
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By Jove, I think I've got it!!
I think I may have figured out Gryff and his dog-fear thing. We went for a hike today and met four dogs along our journey.
The first was a miniature Australian Shepherd. They sniffed and the other dog moved away and Gryff and the A.S. shared the space for a few minutes until we moved on.
The next was a Yellow Lab. He walked past Gryff and paid no notice and neither did Gryff.
The third dog was a King Charles. Gryff ran toward him and HE RAN TOWARD GRYFF. Immediately, game over. Gryff was cowering and trying to get away from him. He even growled.
The last dog was a West Highland Terrier. Gryff ran toward him and he just stood there. They did the butt sniff and then Gryff was jumping around like a maniac doing his Muhammad Ali dance and having great fun.
I think the story here is that Gryff likes to make the first move. He is afraid of any dog that appears to be aggressive even if it's just "Hey, I want to play." This even happens with his gal pal Maggie down the street. Gryff is either terrified or they play like maniacs. I will have to pay close attention next time, but I think it's when Gryff makes the move that he likes to play.
I don't know what to do about it, but there you have it. I'm very interested in your thoughts on the matter.