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    I have been having problems with Ben and my cousin. Each time he sees him he gets angry. His entire body shakes and he barks. What is causing this kind of reaction? He even tried giving him a treat and he just did not care. He tried petting him and he did not care too. He only does this to one person...just one. Why?
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    Ben was a rescue right? Do you know anything about his background? Indy was also a rescue (we don't know much about his past), but the first couple of days after I brought him home, he was TERRIFIED of Ken. He'd shake and bark, and kind of cower. We figured he might have been abused at some point by men (the weird thing is, he'd really only be super scared if Ken was wearing his work boots). Even now, if a bigger strange guy comes up to him, he will kind of cower down. How often does your cousin visit? We had Ken keep feeding him and spending one on one time with him, talking quietly, giving treats, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SairaLV View Post
    Ben was a rescue right? Do you know anything about his background? Indy was also a rescue (we don't know much about his past), but the first couple of days after I brought him home, he was TERRIFIED of Ken. He'd shake and bark, and kind of cower. We figured he might have been abused at some point by men (the weird thing is, he'd really only be super scared if Ken was wearing his work boots). Even now, if a bigger strange guy comes up to him, he will kind of cower down. How often does your cousin visit? We had Ken keep feeding him and spending one on one time with him, talking quietly, giving treats, etc.
    He is not that way with other people. In fact I hosted a Thanksgiving party with 15 guest and he was alright.. Just this one person. He hates him with passion. I thought he would have a heart attack. His entire body was shaking. My cousin seldom visits. Do you think he kinda looks like the abusive owner? I have no idea about Ben's past life.
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    Something is setting the dog off, and perhaps he has reason. People can be bribed, dogs cannot. If the visitor is honored in your house, gently and lovingly put Ben in a different room. But Ben is trying to tell you something.

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    I agree it is probably something from his past. We had a dog when I was a kid, non-pug but still, we adopted her from the pound and her whole life she hated men in uniform with a passion... like try to kill them passion. My dad was a fireman at the time and he had to change out of uniform before he came home or she would attack him. We figured she had been abused by someone in uniform in her past. Weird thing is it didn't matter what color the uniform was... and how does a dog distinguish between suit and uniform? I don't know ... but she did. Your poor boy was probably mistreated by someone that looked like your cousin... or maybe even wore the same colgne or something....
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    Quote Originally Posted by tall grass pugs View Post
    Something is setting the dog off, and perhaps he has reason. People can be bribed, dogs cannot. If the visitor is honored in your house, gently and lovingly put Ben in a different room. But Ben is trying to tell you something.
    I have to agree here. I feel dogs sense things we as humans don't sometimes. Our pets also tend to be our protectors-sooooo... Maybe he is trying to tell you something...

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    We had a rescue pug in who just went crazy when he saw a dark complected man in a flannel shirt. He would bark and growl and back up...even if he just saw him on the street.

    We figured he was abused by a swarthy lumberjack. He went to a home with a very proper single woman who was not the flannel type.
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    There's something about your cousin that scares Ben-probably reminds him of someone that hurt him in his past. He may never get over it-I think Ellen is right-just gently remove him from your cousin's vicinity-either he will learn to trust him in time or he won't. Poor little pug-gosh knows what happened to him in his past to trigger this reaction.
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    I was honestly so scared about his reaction since he was shaking and breathing differently. He was barking kinda on the howling tone. So I am sure there was something wrong. He sat on my lap the entire time and he looked distressed. My cousin is still here and is staying overnight. We kept Ben inside the room of my daughter. We shall see what happens in the morning. Thanks
    Christine ~Ben's Mom ( Ben rescued 11-11-2006)

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    yes i think that it is possible because there was this guy that used to come over and she hates him! she always trys to bite him.

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