She's a social butterfly??? - German Shepherd Dog Forums

Increase font size: 0, 10, 25, 50%

GermanShepherds.com is the premier German Shepherd Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 08-07-2015, 02:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
Elite Member
 
Stonevintage's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Coeur d' Alene
Posts: 1,678
Default She's a social butterfly???

Summer finally stopped jumping on strangers, (now 14 months and 80lbs. with help of many "dog people I employed to help"). Purebred GSD's are rare here and apparently highly valued. She and I can't walk 20 feet without someone coming up and wanting to interact (and they're pretty **** insistent by the way) . Now, she lays down and just gives one lick of the strangers hand with her tail wagging like crazy but, - I've just lost control of the training walk.

I feel like I'm just along for the ride. "These People" have known a GSD before or they have always been fond of the breed and so I spend time to answer their questions. But busy street training is going the wrong way because of this.

I don't want to stop this because it's certainly not wrong - it's great! But, it's totally defeating my training (outside of socialization vs obedience). She draws people and my training goes out the door. I have her sit but her focus is on the people fawning over her, not me/ her trainer. I don't think I'm asking for much but when I want her to sit, lay down or leave it - to me it means strangers too. I want her to "leave it" on her interaction with strangers the same way she leaves something she shouldn't have. Leave it means leave it......

On the other hand, she has just started in the last 6 weeks to really solidly cover the yard with warning barks - men only - women and babies/strollers, small children get a pass - I made it clear, no bark with them - but she had that down anyway... Her new sleeping spot is not in the bedroom with me but parked on the threshold to the bedroom - she hears an unusual noise, she goes forth - nothing is getting into my bedroom past her

So she's doing so well IMHO, but how do I get her to "leave it" with people in a busy environment when she's totally immersed in her "social butterfly" thing???

Thanks!
Stonevintage is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 08-07-2015, 03:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
Member
 
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Brisbane
Posts: 191
Default

With this!








Picture Information

Dunkirk is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-07-2015, 03:58 AM   #3 (permalink)
Member
 
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Brisbane
Posts: 191
Default

Sorry - didn't think photo would be so big - I'm not very computer literate.Could you make a bandana for Summer with "Do not Disturb" written on it?
Dunkirk is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-07-2015, 06:19 AM   #4 (permalink)
Master Member
 
wick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 853
Default

You could both wear them, maybe you could get a orange vest for walks for yourself too. Some people assume that even though they are not allowed to interact with the dog they can still ask the owner questions about the dog, if your vest indicates you personally don't want to be disturbed it might help with that. Plus it will look professional so they may actually adhere to it.

I avoid all eye contact with anyone on walks and purposely act like I don't hear them/walk faster or turn around. Wick is obsessed with strangers in a good but annoying way too and if i talk to them I lose all control of him but if I ignore them he does too.

Also have you read chips "sit on the dog" link? I read that this technique works for "standing on the dog" too and maybe even though you already have her well trained to not jump and lay down (you are a miracle worker) it might work to get those dog people to help you out by coming and talking to you during it but using the same technique where she can't comfortably stand and say hello and have them totally ignore her so that she learns that people are not there to interact/won't be interacting with her.
wick is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-07-2015, 10:04 AM   #5 (permalink)
Elite Member
 
dogma13's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: michigan
Posts: 1,246
Default

I feel your pain!We are fortunate to have these beautiful dogs that people are compelled to touch and interact with.I have a vest for Samson with a Do Not Pet patch and it keeps 99% of people at a respectful distance.
__________________
Samson Blk/Slvr GSD
Misty Husky Mix
Devo Yorkie Mix
Dakota Wht GSD at the bridge
dogma13 is online now   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-07-2015, 06:57 PM   #6 (permalink)
Elite Member
 
Stonevintage's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Coeur d' Alene
Posts: 1,678
Default

I forgot about the vests. Thanks for the info everyone! I think we'll give the vest a whirl.

You're right, we do have very good looking dogs.

Wick lol, I think if I got myself a "do not disturb" vest I'd be wearing it all the time Thanks for the tips - I'll look for Chip's post.
Stonevintage is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-07-2015, 07:13 PM   #7 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
jschrest's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Posts: 468
Default

You could also put a set of ear buds/headphones on, just as a deterrent. I put mine in and just don't play music, but people think I am so they don't try to engage in conversation :-)
jschrest is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-07-2015, 08:00 PM   #8 (permalink)
Crowned Member
 
llombardo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Illinois
Posts: 10,845
Default

I think these walks are good for training and focus. She doesn't get a pet until she is sitting. If you are in conversation with the person she is in a sit or down position. Once the conversation is over you tell her lets go. Some people think leave it should transfer to everything and some people don't think that. If the leave its aren't transferring, teach her. Take her somewhere where there are people, put her in a sit and have her watch you. If they approach tell them not today she is training. As they approach you tell her to leave it. You will become a great multi tasker
__________________
Misty- Samoyed Mix, Tannor- Golden Retriever CGC
Robyn- GSD CGC, TC, Midnite-GSD CGC,TC, Brennan-Golden Retriever CGC, Batman-Husky/Greyhound , Apollo-GSD
llombardo is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the German Shepherd Dog Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:
Security Question
While balancing on a piece of wood, two inches by four inches known as a 2x4, john and his friend sally both spotted a dalmatian inside a truck with sirens, headed to put out a fire. State what the 2x4 is made of.

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:55 AM.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO 3.3.2
PetGuide.com
Basset Hound Forum Doberman Forum Golden Retriever Forum Beagle Forum
Boxer Forum Dog Forum Pit Bull Forum Poodle Forum
Bulldog Forum Fish Forum Havanese Forum Maltese Forum
Cat Forum German Shepherd Forum Labradoodle Forum Yorkie Forum Hedgehog Forum
Chihuahua Forum Retriever Breeds Cichlid Forum Dart Frog Forum Mice Breeder Forum