I have one overtly friendly GSD, one fairly friendly GSD, and a Pekingese who wants it on his own terms.
I used to worry about my overly open dog. When we go shopping or out on walks, she'll be in a heel next to me, and the moment someone goes "Ohhh...can I pet him/her?" (she's frequently mistaken to be male for some reason), she won't break that heel, but you can see her practically quivering with the anticipation of meeting this new person. And so when I give her the go-ahead, she's all about the love (she likes to rub on legs like a cat and lick hands) and she mumbles and "talks" to them and dances like a fool.
I USED to worry. She has shown me that she's a decent judge of character and that happy-waggy-butt is not applicable to all strangers. She has delivered some warning barks to some and even did a bark and hold across the fence at our druggie neighbor. She's just an open dog, and since she does legitimately enjoy attention from anyone who will lavish it on her, I just always make sure she has a handle on her obedience when someone asks to pet.
My Peke is a different story. While not aggressive, he does have some pet peeves that always seem to be the thing people insist on wanting to do with a small dog, his main one being that he HATES being picked up. He also is not particular about being petted directly atop his head, nor does he like people putting their faces up to his. I'm always sure to warn for both of those when people ask if they can pet, and because the face thing has become an issue as of late for some reason I can't explain (not sure why people NEED to squish my Peke's face and make kissy faces at him), I don't allow people to kneel down to pet him anymore.
Our last Pekingese was not well socialized at all. We had her from the time I was four until I was eighteen years old. And for her, well, she only had one eye, so that was a good deterrent from people wanting to pet, but for those who found it endearing and still wanted to touch her, we would just tell them that she was just not a friendly dog and we didn't want them to potentially be bitten. It was blunt enough to get the point across, illustrated that a bite was a possibility and that I was concerned enough with their safety to not take a chance. She had not ever actually bitten anybody, but was very leery of strangers, particularly as she got older, and I was not that hard up for anyone to like my one-eyed dog.
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RIP Reba von Treue Freundschaft, CGC, TDI
May 11, 2005 - May 23, 2013