I think of da dogs as wanting to fight or having reactions cuz of their neurobiological disorder. Not like, cuz they find joy in fighting.
I do agree with you that it is a reaction vs. enjoyment; I guess I would just expect a DA dog to always react in favor of a fight, not to act like you want one until the very real possibility of one exists and then you're singing an entirely different tune...
Nowadays, my dog is also much better with offleash dogs,
and is also better if HE is offleash, as well. I still think my dog is a da dog.
Maybe 3 years ago now...we were working w/ the trainers who thought V. was dog friendly and I was crazy and she did some off leash play sessions w/ a little bichon. I could share them if you are interested. The trainer kept saying V. was being so appropriate and the bichon owner kept saying how her dog "was used to playing rough w/ big dogs". In my gut it didn't sit right but I figured they all knew more than me. Later I showed it to some forum friends and they confirmed what I felt, that V. was being too aggressive and the poor little dog wasn't having fun at all...and I'm embarrassed to have participated in that. Basically V. kept chasing the little dog who tried to hide under chairs to get away from her and then she would smoosh him on the ground. She was wholly inappropriate...but she didn't bite or attack or try to hurt him (beyond being a bully) so again I think...If she were really DA she would have really hurt him...
PLus, leashes do mess up some dogs ability to communicate well with other dogs.
Absolutely. Perhaps I should have given V. more off leash opportunities...but I have factored in breed. God forbid anything happen...even if it were an accident...it would probably be "her fault"; and I haven't had the luxury of having available dogs of family or friends where she could get to know them slowly. And you can't expect strangers to get excited about using their dog in an experiement to see if yours is really aggressive or just socially inept.
My da dog also loves rude dogs, those "in your face" dogs, Buddy adores them.
Well then he'd LOVE Veronica