Why do dogs seem to not like certain people?

I have an adult dog (almost fives years old) and she is a very friendly easy going dog, but for some reason there is one kid that she doesn't seem to like. She has nipped at him twice and growls when he is around, which of all the people she has met this is the only person she has ever nipped at. I can't figure out this odd behavior.
 
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Posted on Sep. 5th, 2008

I truly believe that animals sense things that humans don't. In this case either this kid has done something to the dog in the past OR your dog simply get a bad vibe from this kid.

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Posted on Sep. 5th, 2008

I also think it has to do with how this particular person carries themselves and acts. Is he loud? Does he make large movements? It may also just be that he doesn't like the kid's scent. Dogs identify people by scents. Perhaps she doesn't like his. I mean, there are people in the world that we don't like, and may not have justifyable reasons for not liking them- so why does your dog need a hard reason?

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Posted on Sep. 9th, 2008

There is something about the kid that your dog doesn't like. Dogs sense things better than we do.

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Posted on Sep. 5th, 2008

She has been around literally hundreds of people and never had a problem. I don't think it is jealousy.

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What you are saying might be a sign of dog's jealousy. When the kid is around, try to praise your dog and give her your attention. See if that changes her behavior.

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