Unfortunately being in a rental property it is difficult to have a pet. But my partner and I love animals and some weekends we visit a local dog park to address our doggy withdrawals.
And yes, we do get weird looks from people when we turn up and leave with no dog.
My brother has a dog. I've only met it once. My brother lives a long way away. His dog's quite small but me and dog's don't get on. I'm a bit scared of it.
I know it probably sounds like an old wife's tale but dogs sense fear and they dont react to it well.
I recall when I was younger we had a Blue Heeler (Australian Cattle Dog) called Deezel she was the nicest dog really friendly and would never hurt a fly. Anyway one day my mother and I were working in the front garden of our house and Deezel was in the front garden sniffing around acting as foreman.
There was a guy who was dropping junk mail in letter boxes as he dropped the stuff into our letter box I could see him kind of acting uneasy at the sight of Deezel even though he had seen her clearly from up the road. Deezel obviously sensed it and automatically stepped forward and snarled.
Of course we quickly corrected her and no harm came of it, it was completely out of character for her, but it just goes to show how dogs react to fear.
If you were to approach your brothers dog with confidence and purpose with a smile on your face his dog will probably take a shining to you. Dogs respond to confidence.