It really is an apologetic “oh…please don’t do that” and it is quite common in otherwise perfectly nice dogs (as he is) but unnerving if you’re not used to dogs who vocalise this way. It is not accompanied by any other sign of aggression and his body-set is submissive. He also loves to be petted/stroked on his head and other parts of his body, so it is very specific – and once you know his “hot spots” totally avoidable. We think it might be due to something that has happened to him in the past and are confident it will resolve in time.
George is lovely with other dogs off-lead – no aggression at all – and he also sticks close, wanting to be near you. He is being firmly bossed around by Poppy, the small lab x girl (rehomed through us in 2007) he is currently sharing with – and he is very sweet through the garden fence with the dogs in the properties either side of him – one a Cavalier puppy.
George is completely housetrained, settles very well in the house (other than being scared of the TV), isn’t territorial at all and he has no problems being left – he doesn’t bark and makes no fuss at all. He is particularly happy mooching around the garden. When someone left the garden gate open by mistake the other day, his foster sister Poppy went exploring, but, bless him, George simply stayed put looking through the open gate.
George clearly wants to please you/do the right thing, and he is also a very quick learner.
We need somewhere for this by end of tomorrow (Tuesday) so his situation is really urgent. He is currently in Hampshire and we can help get him anywhere within reason.