About Adolf Hitler, dogs and being a scary person I watched a documentary about dogs, and there was also some footage of Hitler and his German Sheperd dog. Nothing special -- a big guy and his dog, like so many other rulers, presidents etc., one would think. But no. Look closer: As Hitler approached the dog to pet him, the dog curled up, ears back, tail down. Hitler cuddled with the dog, while the dog was all reluctant. Only if a dog is afraid of a person does it react that way. Hitler's dog was afraid of Hitler. I do not wish to make hasty conclusions, but one thing is sure: the way someone treats one's own animals and the way one's animals behave around one, does say a lot about that person. And Hitler must have been a scary person if his own dog was afraid of him.