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Old 12-31-2012, 12:38 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I'm not exactly understanding the issue. Why is it a problem not being approached?
Not a huge deal, like I said, I know there is still value in taking him out even if no one comes up to us. I just found it odd that it's so different between when its just me vs my hubs and i. And I do like when he "meets" people because we are new to our town and our pool of friends is fairly small.
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Old 12-31-2012, 12:50 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Ahh, I understand the cart thing now! I had visions of this huge shepherd in a cart LOL ... not some cute puppy!!!
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Old 12-31-2012, 01:27 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Ahh, I understand the cart thing now! I had visions of this huge shepherd in a cart LOL ... not some cute puppy!!!
That certainly would be an awkward scene...and a very embarrassed dog I'm sure lol
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You do realize that anything / anyone can carry the Parvo virus on it / them?
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well I'm not a guy Do you find more women approach when your husband's with you or more men? Just wondering..

I would approach a woman alone with a gsd puppy, can't resist a puppy..When mine were puppies, I did find woman more than men would approach..maybe it's as one said, men feel it would creep you out?
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Old 12-31-2012, 03:34 PM   #16 (permalink)
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well I'm not a guy Do you find more women approach when your husband's with you or more men? Just wondering..

I would approach a woman alone with a gsd puppy, can't resist a puppy..When mine were puppies, I did find woman more than men would approach..maybe it's as one said, men feel it would creep you out?
Yeah, mostly men, but we are in a hardware store, so maybe it will change once we can take him more places.

And I realize parvo is everywhere. I know I can't eliminate the risk, but we try and minimize the risk by not having him lick/sniff/walk where we KNOW other dogs have been while still getting him out and about until his shots are done.

That said, we live in an area that's particularly bad because we have warm, dry weather. It never gets cold enough to freeze and the ground never saturates with water. I've heard from news reports/vets/online that in this climate/area it can live quite a long time compared to NE climates (that I was used to). Couple that with the bad economy/foreclosures = lots of abandoned dogs, people not keeping vaccines updated, it's just a better safe than sorry situation.
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Old 12-31-2012, 03:51 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I get a lot of women that want to really come and pet her. Some guys do too but its more of a "nice dog" and keep it moving. From a males perspective, I dont just walk up and talk to women with dogs either.
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Old 12-31-2012, 04:45 PM   #18 (permalink)
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I have a habit of going up and speaking to puppy/dog owners and have found that some of the attractive women on their own seem to jump to the conclusion that you're only there in an attempt to hit on them... so if they're not interested, can be a bit stand-offish.

Generally if you approach a couple, a male or slightly older owners they don't go into defense mode and will happily talk about their puppy.

Maybe you're just seeing the result of men having similar experiences to me.
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Old 12-31-2012, 06:35 PM   #19 (permalink)
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I think because maybe they feel that you can't control the dog in case it reacts, don't forget that some people are scared of german shepherds and in the man is handeling the dog he is much stronger and has better control, thats my theory I also have the opposite problem when I am with my dog EVERYONE tries come and pet her especially men which always makes me nervous I wish men would just keep walking, they freak me out,(if im alone and secluded area) not all men but a lot of men.
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Old 12-31-2012, 06:54 PM   #20 (permalink)
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People often approach me if I am at a store with my dog, but when we are out walking or hiking we are rarely approached. I am also a petite female, early 20s with a big black (beautiful!) dog. That said, when strangers do approach me when I am walking alone I am sometimes very rude to them. I just don't like people getting close enough to grab me or something so I will say a quick 'hi' or 'thanks' but I don't stop to chat with strangers.
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