I don't know if this will sound totally off the wall, but I gotta ask just to see what you think.
It has been my experience with my pet that, if one dog sees (hears/smells for that matter) another dog first, they are usually the aggressor or whinner.
What I mean, and an example is when I walk my dog down the block and another dog sees him from their yard that dog will start barking constantly and my dog will want nothing to do with it. If on the other hand, my dog sees a dog in their yard first (say the dog has his back turned or is not paying attention), my dog wants everything to do with it. Same goes if someone walks their dog in front of my door and my dog sees it after it has passed or is passing he does not care, if he sees the dog coming a block away he goes crazy for it.
Make any sense? Is it just my dog or others have similar experience?

TIA
I don't know if this will sound totally off the wall, but I gotta ask just to see what you ... away he goes crazy for it. Make any sense? Is it just my dog or others have similar experience? TIA[/nq]I don't know if it's "just your dog" but this would have to be a very individual thing based in an individual dog's temperament. MY dog, a Great Dane, will react to seeing another dog by freezing, then approaching it in short hops, sometimes literally, waiting for it to see her. No matter what breed or size it is, she will react to it finally noticing her by immediately signaling inoffensiveness if she's far from it she'll lower her head and slick her face back and squint, avert her gaze and wag and crouch a bit.

If she's close to it she'll do that or lie down depending on size she lies down for the little dogs. If the other dog acts aggressive, my dog will back off or even run a short way, and lie down and show her belly and wag if it follows her, and if it acts nonchalant, she'll carry on the inoffensive act but will walk in wagging for a butt sniff. If the dog just postures that it wants to be dominant, she'll wag harder while looking more helpless until it gets the message that there won't be a contest, and if it acts friendly whether initially or after a greeting, she turns into a total puppy-like goofball (she's still only 16 months old).

She play-bows and runs in circles, and keeps this up with a big goofy grin, always making sure her head is near the ground when she is near the other dog. She's trying to entice them into her very favorite game, chase-the-Dane. Katrina