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Maxil 06-16-2014 12:41 PM

too socialized
hello , today I took Vicky my 9 weeks old German shepherd for the first time to a walk in at the street , and normaly when people in the street see a puppy they start whistling. Vicky ran to him and I was expecting to hear screaming and see biting but I saw her licking the stranger.

I was really shocked , why would she run to him and lick a stranger like that , what's wrong with her. (that's the first time I take her to a walk and the first time she ever goes for a walk)
I wanted her to be a guard dog , not a toy

Bob_McBob 06-16-2014 12:47 PM

She's a nine week old puppy. There's nothing wrong with her.

lalachka 06-16-2014 12:51 PM

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Lol you were expecting to see biting?

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Maxil 06-16-2014 01:02 PM

why does she bite me and lick strangers lol

Tattersail 06-16-2014 01:23 PM

Because she's a puppy!! Greeting other friendly people is just a puppy thing, she'll most like outgrow that. As to the biting part, again it's just a puppy thing. You are with her almost all of the time so of course you're going to be the target of most of her landsharking. Guarantee that if the stranger started playing or spending more then a moment petting her, he'd get some teeth in there.

Shade 06-16-2014 01:25 PM

You are her playmate and pack, she allows herself to play and interact with you differently then with strangers. She was showing respect by licking rather than biting to the stranger

Freestep 06-16-2014 01:31 PM

She sounds like a great puppy. You want a pup to be outgoing and friendly at this age. GSDs take a while to grow into their defensive drive, and in the meantime, they need to learn discernment--friend from foe. The more socializing you do, the better the pup will be able to determine who the good people are, and in so doing, they are better equipped to recognize who the bad people are.

At this age, everyone should be her friend.

Maxil 06-16-2014 01:37 PM

thank you all , was just worried because I saw other dogs biting everyone and I thought my dog will grow up to be a toy lol

Ellimaybel 06-16-2014 01:51 PM

I know the feeling. It would annoy me too when Gunther was smaller and everyone wanted to pet and play because I also did not want an extremely socialized dog. I want a dog that allows who we do and nobody else. but they do grow out of it depending on how much you take them out. At the vet today he wanted nothing to do with the dog trying to come up and say hello. He did let a lady come up to him and touch him a little but he came right back to me. He was polite but not exactly friendly. I actually worry more about him biting in fear than aggression.

selzer 06-16-2014 01:53 PM

Actually, the friendlier and more confident your puppy is, the better. It shows good judgement. It does not help to have a guard dog that bites everyone. It is much better to have a dog that is confident and friendly. Such a dog will be much less likely to bite someone who is not a threat. And such a dog can be safely worked in protection and bitework, etc. A dog that is out barking and lunging at everything is much more likely to run when someone yells loudly at it or kicks or clubs it, because that dog is not confident and fearful.

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