Rollo has become a member of the pack, and despite my initial impression that he wasn’t the brightest bulb, he’s proven to be a quick learner. He’s already quite devoted, following me everywhere and watching my every move. Nonetheless, I caught him in this sidelong glance which my friend calls “the fish eye.” It’s generally not a good look to get from a dog and can sometimes herald aggression.
During her twenty years as a big city ACO, the city she worked for took in a Rottie that looked at her through the cage in just this way. It gave her the creeps. She suggested they euthanize based on his body language but local Rottie rescue thought he was too good a specimen to let go. So they placed him with a trainer. The trainer was mauled and then they euthanized. They shoulda listened to the guru! 🙂 Her lesson to me from this was: always trust your gut!