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Office Petiquette: Dogs Don’t Hold Grudges

Once in a while, your dog or someone else’s dog may get into a scuffle with another dog. They might “argue” over toys or treats or have a play session that gets too rough. We can do our best to prevent these types of situations from happening, but sometimes they are bound to happen anyway.

Often, pet owners become very rattled and stressed when these situations occur, and I don’t blame them as it is frightening to see your dog in such a situation, but it’s best to keep in mind that accidents do happen. Dogs are animals, after all.

Dogs don’t hold grudges.

When your dog has an ‘argument’ with a dog that it typically gets along with, you can rest assured that your dog doesn’t hate this dog because of what just happened. As a matter of fact, dogs are very good at forgiving!

Here’s a great bit of advice from Jolanta Benal’s training website:

Can Dogs Who’ve Fought Become Friends?

Play does sometimes turn into a squabble even between socially skilled dogs and even between good friends. So the fact that you’ve had to break two dogs up doesn’t necessarily mean they shouldn’t meet and play again. Give them a breather from direct interaction–the humans should step away to open up the space around the dogs, and maybe take a stroll together.  Then see what develops. These dogs may become friendly or indifferent non-playmates, or they may just have had some differences to work out.

When dogs have a disagreement, it’s best to learn from it and move on, rather than dwelling on the fact that dogs are not perfect. Our dogs do not hold grudges, so why should we? Figure out what went wrong in the situation, and remedy it to prevent it from happening again.

About Stacy @Trupanion

Stacy Kowalchuk is a dog mom to her rescued Whippet-mix, Ellie. During the week, you can find Stacy surfing (the internet, that is) and managing Trupanion's presence in the social media world. In her free time, Stacy likes to bake, especially cupcakes! To balance her culinary affinity, she also likes to stay active, especially with activities that include her dog such as hiking and going to dog parks.

2 Responses to Office Petiquette: Dogs Don’t Hold Grudges

  1. Heather says:

    I like that – dogs don’t hold grudges, so why should we? We can learn so much from our canine companions.

  2. havoc says:

    I can say without a doubt that dogs CAN hold grudges anyone who says they can’t just because their dogs are no better than those people who say all Africans like friend chicken just because their black.

    That being said my dog Vader has had a grudge against my mother for some time now. being part Cocker Spaniel he is prone lots of ear problems and had an ear infection that needed treating. Mom was the one who had to give him his medicine and he was reluctant to cooperate, he hated it. Even today after not getting his ear medicine for quite a while if he sees mom he gives her an angry stare and walks off and doesn’t want anything to do with her. If anyone still thinks that’s not a grudge then perhaps then need to learn the meaning of the word:

    “a persistent feeling of resentment, esp one due to some cause, such as an insult or injury”

    and now resentment

    “a feeling of indignant displeasure or persistent ill will at something regarded as a wrong, insult, or injury”

    In this case I believe be sees his ears being bothered (even though it helped them get better) as wrong and an insult and the resentment he feels is obvious every time he gives mom that look. So yes, dogs can feel grudges (or at least mine does) and anyone who says otherwise doesn’t know what their talking about.

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