Join Date: May 2005
Location: Denmark, Ohio
Actually, if you keep a puppy that is showing the behaviors that the OPs dog is, under wraps, and never take it anywhere it is not going to get better. It is better to go ahead and take the dog out, and being rude is better than letting your dog bite someone.
If the dog hides -- goes behind you, that means he is fearful, but not necessarily aggressive. If someone persists, he may be forced to escalate -- don't let that happen even if you have to be rude.
In fact, you do not want the dog to reach the level of being uncomfortable of going behind you. If a man asks you to pet your dog, have your dog SIT, and then say to the man, "My dog is afraid of guys, so I wonder if you can help me. Please do not reach for him, just hold your hand like this, and let him come up and take this tasty treat from you." Offer a treat from your pocket. Tell him that you just want the dog to take the treat for today, as he isn't ready to have guys pet him yet. If the guy says no, that's fine, not everyone is willing to do this. If he is willing, tell your dog to SAY HELLO, if the dog moves up and takes the offered treat, and the guy did what you asked, thank him, and move away praising your dog.
You really have to decide whether someone is likely to do what you asked or do what he thinks he should do. Sometimes it is best to have guys in your training class do this for you, at least at first.
Say Hello, should mean a good treat is coming. It does not mean allowing petting. It just means going up and sniffing a person to see if they have a treat. If my pup does that, sometimes I will say good girl, enough for today, to let the person know that we are training, and I don't want them to pet the dog, I am happy with that much contact.
If someone is not asking, and moving forward toward your dog, Body block them rudely if necessary. And some people are so crazy they say things like, all dogs love me. Body block these fools, be rude, because a nice response to them is an invitation to do whatever they want.
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Last edited by selzer; 09-27-2013 at 11:54 PM.