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Old 02-09-2013, 07:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I've noticed that my dog will be polite and take a treat from a stranger, but then drops it. I can pick up that same treat and she will take it and eat it if I give it to her. She is fine with people she knows, but just won't with strangers. I never trained her to do this, but I like that she does. What about yours?
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I've noticed that my dog will be polite and take a treat from a stranger, but then drops it. I can pick up that same treat and she will take it and eat it if I give it to her. She is fine with people she knows, but just won't with strangers. I never trained her to do this, but I like that she does. What about yours?
Juno does this exactly. Sometimes she won't take the treat at all from the stranger. But often when she does, she drops it. She isn't food driven at all, and is very wary of strangers anyway, so I'm not surprised by this.

Bowser on the other hand would eat anything and everything that is given to him, including the hand and arm of the stranger giving treats. Not because he's vicious, mind you. But because he's a food freak. lol
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No not really unless they are kids and then that's a different story. When we're out a lot of people tend to shy away from her and totally walk in the opposite direction which I don't get. But when we do go to say like PETCO and the cashier goes to hand her it she'll sniff and walk away then the cashier will hand it to my kids to give it to her and she's more then happy to have it.

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So I wonder if this is a trait of the GSD? Based on the leeriness of strangers, I guess it would make sense.
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When we're out a lot of people tend to shy away from her and totally walk in the opposite direction which I don't get.
I know what you mean How old is yours? Mine started getting this reaction(everywhere we went) when she was about 6 months or so. Kids seem to not be afraid of her and approach her often, most of the time before the parents can scream no. You can see the fear in some of the parents faces disappear once their kid gets a big kiss.
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He's not offered treats often but when he has he's gladly taken them. I always remind him "easy", although I don't think I have to.

We have FedEx deliveries often, sometimes we are outside when they come...the guy always has treats..now Rusty expects them & the guy is excited to see him when scared of him before...I can only imagine the dogs delivery drivers come across...hence the treats always on hand

The only time I have seen him not accept a treat were a few times in class when he was younger...I recognized it for him as a stress signal...he would take it & spit it out.
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I know what you mean How old is yours? Mine started getting this reaction(everywhere we went) when she was about 6 months or so. Kids seem to not be afraid of her and approach her often, most of the time before the parents can scream no. You can see the fear in some of the parents faces disappear once their kid gets a big kiss.
Bella is 3 yrs old and it's the same way for us the kids come up and the panic on the faces of parents is obvious but Bella is the biggest sweetheart and it's not like she's a monster on a leash she's very well leashed train my 4 yr old walks her without any pulling but people fear what they don't know. They even go as far as lifting there small dogs. But Oh well lol..
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She takes treats from the ladies at the banks and the pharmacy. Sometimes she won't take a treat from a stranger on her turf though.
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If we are at training he pimps for treats from people. Of we are anywhere else and someone offers a treat he usually ignores it unless he sees me hand the treat to the strange or new person.


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Kids are always coming up to me at dog shows. and asking if they can give my dog a treat.

Carly and Sage are both pretty food driven, so they are more than happy to sit, shake hands, and take a treat from a stranger. And kids at dog shows seem to have yummy treats, lol.
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