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???