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04-07-2014 11:00 AM
SunCzarina I don't care for that kind of question but it's telling of the asker. Simply put, it's an arrogant person who says these things. They've heard some stories about GSDs but don't really know the breed. They want to know for whatever reason. Nosy perhaps.

In that situation:

Holding my recently departed Morgan's leash, I'd have told them straight up. She LOVES children, she got upset if there was a toddler walking by and it didn't squeek pointing Doggie Doggie. Adults she didn't trust easily because she was abused before I had her. Other dogs, she's a nazi, only likes pointy eared dogs and thinks labs are the arch enemy.

If it was Otto, he loves the ladies. Men he wants to wrestle them in a fun way. Kids are awesome but little boys can not talk to his little girl without him watching them. Other dogs should call him Sir and only Venus can play with him.

Venus: she loves humans, big humans little humans, all humans except the guy who hoists her on the nail clipping table, he kinda scares her and makes her pee. Other dogs, she wants to play with them by jumping on their heads but she's learning to have Otto's attitude of they don't matter.
04-07-2014 09:58 AM
Blanketback If the honest answer is, "Sometimes" then use that as your answer. "Yeah, sometimes my dog is great around kids/dogs and sometimes it's a bad scene." And then avoid the situations that you know for a fact are giving your dog the chance to practice behaviors that you don't want. There's no point in letting your dog make bad associations with dogs or children. Even simple changes like pet store shopping at night, when less people are there, is helpful.
04-07-2014 09:57 AM
Chip18
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Originally Posted by sechattin View Post
I didn't get the feeling that OP is jut letting people touch her dog however they want. And kids can be fairly unpredictable. I was checking out at a pet store with my dog sitting next to me at the counter. There was a woman and her kid in line behind me and while I was a bit distracted checking out, her kid took a step forward and pretty much just slapped my dog in the face. The mom was mortified and she apologized and removed her kid immediately. As much as I try to make sure I'm keeping an eye when in public, I wasn't expecting the kid to just SLAP my dog. I think OP meant more that kids can be unpredictable and she doesn't want to invite attention when she doesn't know if that attention will necessarily be appropriate.
Uh WOW!
04-07-2014 09:53 AM
LoveEcho
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Originally Posted by Ellimaybel View Post
It doesn't surprise me. I am just usually left wondering what the best answer is. For example I don't want to say "he's great with other dogs" and then the other dog snap at him and then I look like I lied. Just as I wouldn't want to claim he's great with all children and then a 10 year old physically hurts him and gets bit. I was simply thinking that maybe people should ask more specific questions upon approach such as "Does he handle hyper children well?" or "How does he react when another dog shows aggression?". The question "How is he?" is very very vague.
The simple answer to why people don't ask those questions is because, well, people are stupid. Shockingly, alarmingly stupid. I'm surprised people bother to ask "how is he?" on the rare occasions that they do.

The best way to CYA is to limit interaction and if you're in any way at all unsure, just say "he's in training, please don't pet him."
04-07-2014 09:44 AM
martemchik
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Originally Posted by sechattin View Post
I didn't get the feeling that OP is jut letting people touch her dog however they want. And kids can be fairly unpredictable. I was checking out at a pet store with my dog sitting next to me at the counter. There was a woman and her kid in line behind me and while I was a bit distracted checking out, her kid took a step forward and pretty much just slapped my dog in the face. The mom was mortified and she apologized and removed her kid immediately. As much as I try to make sure I'm keeping an eye when in public, I wasn't expecting the kid to just SLAP my dog. I think OP meant more that kids can be unpredictable and she doesn't want to invite attention when she doesn't know if that attention will necessarily be appropriate.
Meh...I don't "check things out" or get "distracted" when I see there is a kid around or within leash length of my dog. I'll just wait for the kid to leave the area before I start browsing the items if I'm not just in the store to buy food or a treat that I already know where it is. At some level, everyone needs to "protect" their dog and not expect much from the general public out there.

Point is...if people are asking the question, it means they know enough about how to greet a dog or what to expect from a dog to even ask.
04-07-2014 09:19 AM
martemchik
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Originally Posted by Kaimeju View Post
I haven't found this to be true. A lot of people are not aware of how rude and threatening their dog's behavior is because they think aggression consists only of growls and hackles. When another dog is charging my dog and staring her down silently, the cries of "he's friendly!" are not very reassuring to me. There are also a lot of people who let their dog crowd my dog even though her ears are pinned and she is whale-eyeing everybody to kingdom come, then act surprised when she tells their rude dogs off.
So in this situation...no one is really "asking" to say hello. The dog is in control. So I'm not sure how that relates to someone with a dog that is controlled on leash asking if your dog is friendly or not or if its alright if the dogs greet each other...

I can sit here and come up with thousands of hypotheticals as well...I don't expect people to ask 100 questions before they pet my dog.
04-06-2014 01:16 AM
njk I don't think it's bad to ask personally. At my pup's preschool there was a large pup allowed in (he was over the allowed age so I don't know he was allowed in, but I digress) and I was wary letting my pup near him. I think it's instinctual when it comes to protecting those you love who are vulnerable. So when the roles are reversed and my pup is the big one around small dogs or puppies, I will understand the owners of said pups being wary. And it turned out my instincts were right about the aforementioned pup - he was very possessive of his sister, who was brought in with him, and got a bit vicious with all the pups and had to be removed from the room.
04-06-2014 12:46 AM
Ellimaybel Plus it does get super distracting around a lot of children. When my step daughter brings her 4 kids over she doesn't watch them at all. She and my husband sit on the couch and talk and I'm left running around after her 4 kids. Her one son is just too much for me. I've caught him picking up my remote and throwing it across the room, pulling the little dog's tail, and jumping on furniture all within a 4 second time span. With only one person watching the kids I find it easier just to separate my animals from them for my poor animals sakes!
04-06-2014 12:36 AM
sechattin
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Originally Posted by martemchik View Post
Why would a child ever "physically hurt" your dog? Is that seriously a worry of yours? I mean...if you allow a child to hurt your dog, while in your presence, I'm not sure what to say to that. So I'm not quite sure why you'd be that worried about that.
I didn't get the feeling that OP is jut letting people touch her dog however they want. And kids can be fairly unpredictable. I was checking out at a pet store with my dog sitting next to me at the counter. There was a woman and her kid in line behind me and while I was a bit distracted checking out, her kid took a step forward and pretty much just slapped my dog in the face. The mom was mortified and she apologized and removed her kid immediately. As much as I try to make sure I'm keeping an eye when in public, I wasn't expecting the kid to just SLAP my dog. I think OP meant more that kids can be unpredictable and she doesn't want to invite attention when she doesn't know if that attention will necessarily be appropriate.
04-06-2014 12:27 AM
Juliem24 I agree with the OP, people ask what seems to be dumb questions. Today, I'm walking my dog down the middle of the street and he's barking his head off for who knows what reason, I'm correcting, distracting, luring and attempting to shut him up, and someone yells at me from the sidewalk "does he always bark like that?" No, cuz I would lose my mind! It was just one of those mouthy sassy days. If your kid was misbehaving, I wouldn't ask you if he always acts like that, I'd let you be embarrassed in private! I do strongly discourage any face time from dogs or kids with this dog, though. First he has to learn a few more manners. I have spent many years as an ER nurse, I don't particularly want to talk to anyone after 3 twelve hour shifts, so it works out well. I just say"please don't touch the dog, he's learning how to be a good dog" and keep on going.
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