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Old 12-26-2012, 10:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Lately I have had a lot of pride in my 6 month old puppy's temperament and I want to brag about a few instances where she reacted better than expected.

About a month ago we were walking and came upon a neighbor who is mentally handicapped. He is HUGE (he likes football and looks like a linebacker) and always greets/ hugs me since we grew up together. She had met him once before, but this day he was particularly PUMPED UP about a football game he was going to and he started SCREAMING at the top of his lungs/ lunging forwards and back and flailing his arms around which took me completely by surprise and caused several neighbors to come outside and ask if I needed the police.

Maya my puppy just thought he was the COOLEST silliest man on earth and jumped for joy at this huge imposing screaming man's excitement.


We went to meet Santa before Christmas at a very small cramped petstore. She met a ton of new dogs and loved them all. Next to us in line was a yorkie puppy and she entire wait lying down and gently trying to get the puppy to play.

At petsmart a young boy ran over, grabbed Maya and started hugging her. I was taken aback (usually people ask, but this boy seemed to have some disabilities as well) but Maya did fine. He continued to pet and hug her as we chatted and Maya was especially gentle with him.

And lastly, we have been going to our local petsmart since Maya was just a baby so they know us very well. Now when we go and they are having training classes they specifically stop their students and have them interact with Maya since she is a very balanced dog. She has dealt with fearful dogs, yappy pugs and growly chihuahuas in the last week and reacted better than I could have ever hoped for.

I know I have to keep it up, but so far, so good.
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Old 12-26-2012, 11:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The time and effort you have obviously put into raising a nice dog is paying off. Congrats!
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Old 12-27-2012, 09:13 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks!

It is a work in progress, but so far I am very proud of her!
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I just LOVE hearing stories like this and you should be so proud of her and the great work you are doing with her!!

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Thanks!

There are a lot of strange people at Petsmart.. so many people just randomly race up and hug dogs O_O not just kids either, it really makes me thankful to have such a balanced pup.
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Aww, you made me smile today.
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Congrats to both of you!
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Old 12-28-2012, 01:50 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Congrats,

That's an awesome characteristic to have in a puppy/dog it can keep a dog happy as well as out of trouble , I am currently socializing my Mieka a 4 month old full breed GSD and she is doing outstanding with other dogs and people. Sad story about a non socialized GSD a friend of mine is on the edge of rehoming his 2 year old GSD because of some issues that have become serious. That could have been prevented by early socializing. So in simple words "keep up the great work,it will pay off!"


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Lately I have had a lot of pride in my 6 month old puppy's temperament and I want to brag about a few instances where she reacted better than expected.

About a month ago we were walking and came upon a neighbor who is mentally handicapped. He is HUGE (he likes football and looks like a linebacker) and always greets/ hugs me since we grew up together. She had met him once before, but this day he was particularly PUMPED UP about a football game he was going to and he started SCREAMING at the top of his lungs/ lunging forwards and back and flailing his arms around which took me completely by surprise and caused several neighbors to come outside and ask if I needed the police.

Maya my puppy just thought he was the COOLEST silliest man on earth and jumped for joy at this huge imposing screaming man's excitement.


We went to meet Santa before Christmas at a very small cramped petstore. She met a ton of new dogs and loved them all. Next to us in line was a yorkie puppy and she entire wait lying down and gently trying to get the puppy to play.

At petsmart a young boy ran over, grabbed Maya and started hugging her. I was taken aback (usually people ask, but this boy seemed to have some disabilities as well) but Maya did fine. He continued to pet and hug her as we chatted and Maya was especially gentle with him.

And lastly, we have been going to our local petsmart since Maya was just a baby so they know us very well. Now when we go and they are having training classes they specifically stop their students and have them interact with Maya since she is a very balanced dog. She has dealt with fearful dogs, yappy pugs and growly chihuahuas in the last week and reacted better than I could have ever hoped for.

I know I have to keep it up, but so far, so good.
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Loved reading this! Keep up the good work and keep giving the public a great representation of the breed!


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you should be very proud of both of you. my pup is also a genlte soul. we are very lucky & will be for years to come. congrats
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