I have a 7 year old female Pomeranian.
I take her out for a walk to a nearby park in the neighborhood every now and then. But in various occasions, when leaving home, she appears to be terrified even though there is literally no threat I can observe.
When this happens, I walk her out anyway (sometimes I have to lift her up) - and whenever she is afraid I know it's because there are dogs in the garages of the neighborhood houses. It's interesting because you have to walk quite a distance before you can see the dogs, so it's like she can smell them from far away or something.
Anyway, her fear doesn't seem to be irrational either: every single dog will bark and snarl at her from the garages. Small and big, male and female, they all seem to hate my pomeranian for some reason. And my dog knows!
What makes this especially weird is that I've seen people walking their dogs around the neighborhood and they don't get the same treatment.
It's not just garage dogs - dogs that are being walked at the same time also seem to dislike mine.
Funnily, I've found two stray dogs that are not aggressive against mine and surprisingly my dog is not afraid of them either (not even her sixth sense seems to kick in). It's really weird.
For this reason I have always avoided letting her interact with those dogs in fear that they'll attack her or something (they look angry and my dog is clearly afraid).
Why does this happen, and am I overreacting? Should I let my dog interact with them and see what happens?