Sorry if this is the second time you read this message: I posted under the wrong category before.
**8 My neighbors (they live of the first floor, I live on the third floor of a 3 floors building) own a 1 year old white and beige Australian Sheppard. The dog knows me pretty well; he has seen me once or twice a

week since he has moved into the building. I was at my neighbor's house this morning when the dog just jumped on me in a very aggressive manner without any obvious reason. He grabbed my arm in his mouth but

he did not bite. I really don't see anything I did to provoke him (I had my keys in my hands, I may have been doing some noise). The dog just made a very sad growning then, 30 seconds after, he jumped on me. I was shaken for 15 minutes after the attack (many of you might not consider this an attack but I got scarred). This is the first time in my life that I have a bit of a bad experience with a dog (I am a 36 years old women by the way).
I have nieces and nephews visiting me fairly often and I am wondering if I should not let them play around that dog. Could he really be dangerous? What could explain that behavior?
Any comments on this would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you!
So
Sorry if this is the second time you read this message: I posted under the wrong category before. **8 My ... Could he really be dangerous? What could explain that behavior? Any comments on this would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

My two cents, the dog's action was triggered by the sound of the keys. The owner picks up their keys when they get ready to take the dog for a walk.

You did that, and the dog grabbed your arm, saying, "C'mon! Let's go!" And trying to herd you.
Naturally, I could be totally wrong, but picturing it in my mind's eye that's what I see. It doesn't have an aggressive "feel" to it, and the groaning kinda noise sounds like a sigh or an anticipatory sound, not a growl.
flick 100785
1) I was told by the owner the dog was an Australian Shepherd
2) The lady owner was in the house when it happened. I was in theirhouse, her in the kitchen, me in the living room. The owners are friends of mine; the man who lives in the house and is the master of the dog was not in the house when it happened. When my friend heard the noise, she came to the living room and put the dog down. She first acted like she was going to put him in his cage then she decided to pet him, thinking he was upset (but he had no reason to be upset!!!). Then she left him. She just did not understand what happened. Just like me, she heard the sad noise he made before jumping. If I was the owner, the dog would have gotten punished for the day.

3) Yes, the people I was visiting are the owners of the dog.

Thank you!
So
The dog was definitely very agressive. He was not playing at all. I had been walking around for 5 minutes wtih my keys in my hands though. He could have been annoyed that I was not taking him out, I am not too sure about that. I never took him anywhere.
The dog was definitely very agressive. He was not playing at all. I had been walking around for 5 minutes ... annoyed that I was not taking him out, I am not too sure about that. I never took him anywhere.

Briefly, I think the answer to the question about your nieces and nephews is: keep them strictly away from this dog. It has demonstrated unexplained behavior which you think is aggression. You don't know what its triggers are, or how far it would go (how much damage it would inflict). Be conservative, be safe!
I wouldn't stake your young relatives' safety on anyone's glib explanation of the behavior, whether the owner offered one or whether it was offered over the Internet.
Amy Dahl
I think you are right. My friends might think I am crazy but better be safe then sorry.
This is just a shame because my friends have kids the same age as my nephews.
1) I was told by the owner the dog was an Australian Shepherd 2) The lady owner was in the ... his cage then she decided to pet him, thinking he was upset (but he had no reason to be upset!!!).

Well, your neighbor(s) may actually be part of the problem. That was no time to "pet" the dog.

Then she left him. She just did not understand what happened.

Did you explain to her what happened?
What did she say about it?
What's not to understand?
Just like me, she heard the sad noise he made before jumping. If I was the owner, the dog would have gotten punished for the day.

For the whole day? Emotion: big smile
3) Yes, the people I was visiting are the owners of the dog.

'kay. Here's what I think. I think Flick is probably right. This was probably not real danger, you may have somehow triggered (with your keys, getting up and moving around, etc.) the Aussie's herding instincts, etc. He grabbed your arm, but didn't bite, and that's essentially a good sign...but (and that's a big but!), I'd opt for being safe rather than sorry when it comes to your nieces and nephews.

That is, don't take them over to your neighbor's apartment when the dog is there.
And, IMO, you should also sit down with your neighbors, explain to them what happened (this is known in some circles as a "Come to Jesus meeting!), and then encourage your neighbor, and her husband, to get this dog (and themselves!) enrolled in a good OBEDIENCE TRAINING class, and to do it ASAP.
Aussies are very EZ to train, and they always do much better when they have some kind of job to do e.g. obedience training, some kind of daily exercise, and perhaps even get to regularly train and participate in some kind of dog sport, like agility.

So do what you can can to aim them in that direction, 'kay?

Again, I don't think there's any real danger to you here, but you should always play it safe rather than sorry when it comes to your nieces and nephews.
Anyway, good luck!
Some questions first, okay? 1. How do you know it's ... were visiting the same neighbor who owns the dog? Thanks!

Handsome Jack Morrison
Chomsky's New Blood Libel:
http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=23543

The Left's broken moral compass:
http://drsanity.blogspot.com/2006/07/very-bright-line.html

"Suppose this were true - that terrorists blew up Oz honeymooners and Scandinavian stoners in Balinese nightclubs because of "the Palestinian question." Doesn’t this suggest that these people are, at a certain level, nuts?"

"There haven’t been any Zionists anywhere near Damascus in 60 years and Syria is in effect Iran’s first Sunni Arab prison ***."
"So what is in reality Israel's first non-Arab war is a glimpse of the world the day after tomorrow: The EU and Arab League won't quite spell it out, but, to modify that Le Monde headline, they are all Jews now."
http://makeashorterlink.com/?B3A65237D
I stand with Israel.
http://michellemalkin.com/archives/005547.htm
Two books that every American (and Canadian) must read:
1) The Rage and The Pride, by Orianna Fallacihttp://makeashorterlink.com/?J13521A6D
2) The Force of Reason, by Orianna Fallacihttp://makeashorterlink.com/?T42552A6D
While they still can.
Thank you so much for your answers! I will definitely keep the kids in my life away from this dog now. And me, I am going to watch my keys! I'll have another talk with the owners about this whenever I have a chance.
Thanks again,
So
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This is just a shame because my friends have kids the same age as my nephews.

All the more reason to have that "Come to Jesus" meeting with them ASAP!

Handsome Jack Morrison
Chomsky's New Blood Libel:
http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=23543

The Left's broken moral compass:
http://drsanity.blogspot.com/2006/07/very-bright-line.html

"Suppose this were true - that terrorists blew up Oz honeymooners and Scandinavian stoners in Balinese nightclubs because of "the Palestinian question." Doesn’t this suggest that these people are, at a certain level, nuts?"

"There haven’t been any Zionists anywhere near Damascus in 60 years and Syria is in effect Iran’s first Sunni Arab prison ***."
"So what is in reality Israel's first non-Arab war is a glimpse of the world the day after tomorrow: The EU and Arab League won't quite spell it out, but, to modify that Le Monde headline, they are all Jews now."
http://makeashorterlink.com/?B3A65237D
I stand with Israel.
http://michellemalkin.com/archives/005547.htm
Two books that every American (and Canadian) must read:
1) The Rage and The Pride, by Orianna Fallacihttp://makeashorterlink.com/?J13521A6D
2) The Force of Reason, by Orianna Fallacihttp://makeashorterlink.com/?T42552A6D
While they still can.