Doggy grudge.

my lilly seems to have a grudge with the ONE basenji at the dog park when the other basenji comes around lillys hair will stand up and she bares her teeth .BUT this only happens if i am around..it is like she thinks this basenji will hurt me.i dont understand why she does this becuase she plays just fine with all the other basenjis at the park and all the other dogs.if i see the other dog come into the park i have to catch lilly before she sees her and move to a diffrent side….and the weird part is when they first met they got along just fine and its been a more recent occurance....

It sounds like resourse guarding to me..but I will be interested in what the others say…

Eli has held a grudge against one of the dogs who comes over to play for over a month. Wyatt is a clumsy ACD puppy who is about 3 weeks older than Eli, but much larger. (Wyatt's nickname is Pumbaa if that tells you anything) They played well together for about a month until Wyatt tripped and fell over Eli. Eli wasn't hurt but his dignity was ruffled. Before that they had played together fine, now every time Eli sees him his hackles come up and he gets angry. They can be out together as long as I don't turn my back. The second Eli knows I am not watching he gets an attitude. I am working to get him over this, but it seems like Eli remembers being squished and isn't in any hurry to forgive Wyatt.

Maybe this other Basenji has offended Lilly in some way?

im not sure she offended lilly in any way that i saw but it is very possiable that it happened when i wasnt watching.its just starange how angry lilly gets when she simply sees her.

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im not sure she offended lilly in any way that i saw but it is very possiable that it happened when i wasnt watching.its just starange how angry lilly gets when she simply sees her.

This happens …. kind of like when people make a "quick" decision that they don't like someone.... dogs do the same thing too... Jamari did this and it was so bad with one Brindle male that he could spot/smell him across the size of a football field and would start to growl with his hackles up

Zenu holds grudges like crazy too! is this a common basenji behaviour? She used to play with great danes all the time, totally fearless, until one stepped on her accidentally. After that whenever danes came around her she'd tell them off very noisily!
Another time, a lab-mix at the dog park jumped up onto the picnic table where she was napping and stepped on her and scared her good. She let out a terrible banshee scream-growl and drove the dog away, and now even a month later, whenever she sees that dog she'll go up to her and growl a bit just to say she still remembers, and the lab better be careful! Its hilarious to see a little <20lb dog scaring off a big lab mix! But I give her a little poke in the neck if she gets too aggressive and isnt listening to my command to come to me and leave the offending dog alone. That calms her down. I always let her say her piece (and she has a lot to say to dogs she holds a grudge against) but I draw the line at her actively trying to drive them out of the dog park. She could get hurt. Its funny how long they can remember an incident, though.

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