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03-11-2014 09:29 PM
Chip18 I would say not only is he perfect but go you one better:

Leerburg | Who Pets Your Puppy or Dog

Look at how your friends dogs behave before taking there advise.
03-11-2014 08:12 PM
SuperG
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Originally Posted by Liesje View Post
say I have Nikon lying under my desk at work or Legend sitting there chewing a bone and my boss walks up.....

How wonderful for you and your dogs....together at work.

SuperG
03-11-2014 06:52 PM
anitram
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In my personal case Delgado bonded to me and family and friends he saw often and was happy to play and interact with but new people he would go up to say "hi, do you have something for me?" and if they didn't have treats or toys then he just wandered off. They were boring to him, he never climbed into their laps or gave kisses to strangers and I never encouraged him to. If he wanted to interact then no problem, but if he didn't then I didn't see any problem with that either.
That's Hans to a T. He adores us, loves my Mom, loves my best friend (who visited once and he was all over her to play with him), loves the dog walker we just hired. Today I introduced him to the 3 boys whose house backs onto ours. He loved the 8 year old and wanted to play with him and his ball, but the two older brothers he kind of approached, sniffed and then didn't much care for them.

I wouldn't describe him as shy or timid in any respect, just that he's not your typical slobbering Golden Retriever who just wants hugs and kisses.
03-11-2014 04:10 PM
Liesje My GSDs both as puppies and as adults have tended to respond in accordance with the vibe they are getting from the visitors. What I mean is, say I have Nikon lying under my desk at work or Legend sitting there chewing a bone and my boss walks up....my boss will probably say "Oh hi dog" in a nice voice and maybe look at the dog and the dog will probably look back at him and flick his tail a few times, but that's about it. My boss likes my dogs but doesn't really care to pet all over them or come into my space and interact with them. Now if the switchboard girls come over, they crawl around on their knees making lots of coos and squeaks, gesturing for the dogs to get up, and my dogs will crawl over to them, wash their faces with kisses, and bring them toys. If a person comes in and acts very unsure, staring at the dog, sometimes jerky/uncommitted movements (like reaching to pet the dog and then jumping back), the dogs will stare back, mouth shut, ears up and more on alert. If my colleague Cal comes over, he'll be loudly talking to the dogs waving his arms and they get up and give him an excited bark or put their paws up on his chest and he rubs all over their chest.
03-11-2014 10:47 AM
Shade
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Guess I am a dissenting opinion. But I have never had a GSD pup that wasn't a fiend for new people. Loved new people. The tend to mature into aloofness.

I would be wary of shy puppy. Or a puppy that did not want to interact with people at a young age. I know all dogs are different. And I am not saying your puppy is wrong. But it has not been my experience.


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I understand what you're saying but IMO there's a difference between being shy and skittish and just being aloof and not interested in new people. Strangers and people they know are treated differently as well

In my personal case Delgado bonded to me and family and friends he saw often and was happy to play and interact with but new people he would go up to say "hi, do you have something for me?" and if they didn't have treats or toys then he just wandered off. They were boring to him, he never climbed into their laps or gave kisses to strangers and I never encouraged him to. If he wanted to interact then no problem, but if he didn't then I didn't see any problem with that either.

Delgado was never shy but he he certainly wasn't a cuddly in your face puppy like the labs I grew up with for example and I never expected him to be.
03-11-2014 10:24 AM
SunCzarina
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He's acting like any self-respecting GSD would.
Yes. Otto as a pup was outgoing, he wanted to meet people for a moment but cuddle, no, he wanted to own them. He's almost 6, when I have company, Otto has to own everyone for a moment (lean on them, get pets) then Venus gets to greet people.

Venus is abnormal for a GSD, she LOVES people. Jump in your lap, give you the kissy kissy. Except she's black and an extremely bouncy 1 year old so she tends to scare people LOL
03-11-2014 10:15 AM
SuperG
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Guess I am a dissenting opinion. But I have never had a GSD pup that wasn't a fiend for new people. Loved new people. The tend to mature into aloofness.

I would be wary of shy puppy. Or a puppy that did not want to interact with people at a young age. I know all dogs are different. And I am not saying your puppy is wrong. But it has not been my experience.


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Reflecting on the pups I have owned over the decades, I have to agree with your opinion and observation...especially the " tend to mature into aloofness." I guess I was thinking more of an adult GSD rather than a pup, so I might emend my previous post and change some of the wording....guess I have forgotten those puppy days where they were as you state..."a fiend for new people."

SuperG
03-09-2014 05:19 PM
gsdsar Guess I am a dissenting opinion. But I have never had a GSD pup that wasn't a fiend for new people. Loved new people. The tend to mature into aloofness.

I would be wary of shy puppy. Or a puppy that did not want to interact with people at a young age. I know all dogs are different. And I am not saying your puppy is wrong. But it has not been my experience.


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03-09-2014 05:09 PM
SuperG " But after he initially greets new people and nips at them for a minute or two, he's pretty aloof and happy to go back to one of his blankets and watch from a distance or chase a toy around on his own."

Classic GSD behavior from my experience over the decades....sans the nipping...which of course will pass with time and training. My observations over the years suggest a GSD investigates any and all folks coming into the house, smelling as well as sizing them up mentality wise...scared or confident and everything in between. GSDs are quick studies of visitors coming into their house. After they do the ritual greet and meet, they tend to take a position where they can monitor all which takes place but many times not in the midst of the company but always a strategic location....nobody will come or go without the scrutiny of a GSD. This is all based on my observations and may differ with others but I would wager it is somewhat typical of most folks GSDs.

I wouldn't worry one bit about the expectations/critiques any visitors or friends might have, as chances are, they know little if anything about the breed. Most everything you described sounds like a completely normal GSD pup and the tendency for a GSD to be a bit "aloof" at times is one of the reasons I have come to love the breed so much.

SuperG
03-09-2014 03:07 PM
anitram Thanks! My husband did give a couple of older ladies some treats to give to Hans at Walmart but those were the only strangers. I admit that was driven by the couple of people telling us that he is a puppy and should be more excited to meet people. I think I need to just let those comments go.

He is so awesome I can't get over it. You know when you just look in a dog's eyes as you're training him and you can tell that he gets it? That's Hans. Don't see Schutzhund in our future but agility for sure someday.
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