|08-13-2013 05:52 AM|
|08-13-2013 05:47 AM|
Other way around, sorry.
She's very close with Me and some of my closest friends who are regular visitors. New guests she is very aloof too, I caught one of my guests walking towards her to pat her and she kept moving backwards, I soon corrected him and said to wait until she approaches because she doesn't take well to new people in the household.
In public, she's usually very good. Some people she doesn't mind stroking her but other times she just ignores people walking past.
Is there anything I can do to make a little more social in the household? Especially when people are standing up she just stands up and moves about 2-3m backwards, is that scared,timid behaviour or cautious etc?
|08-13-2013 03:13 AM|
|Baillif||Why are you trying to change this? They sound like they are doing great. I don't know about everyone else but I'd prefer my dogs act like this.|
|08-12-2013 03:23 PM|
|cliffson1||I understood your post to say that people in the household he is aloof to, and new people and strangers he is friendly towards....is that right? If so it is different than my normal expectations of the breed....if I misunderstood you please disregard my answer.|
|08-12-2013 01:25 PM|
If I read correctly you stated your dogs ARE affectionate with regular guests and visitors, but its the ones they dont know they will be aloof with.
I think your dogs are normal. My GSD is the same, if were somewhere he goes alot hes friendly with people if they come up and pet him. he doesnt go up to them for pets though. If were somewhere strange and people put out their hands to pet him, he just keeps walking. Hes also friendly with visitors, however when the computer guy came over he was very aloof. He wasnt affectionate and layed down about 8 ft from him and just watched him...lol
|08-12-2013 12:59 PM|
My question is, since my Father isn't around to ask him anymore, I would like to know whether personal protection would help improve her confidence?
Also, a lot of the comments here posted are about your dogs, I would like to know how you can help me to help my dog in her situation with certain guests at home?
|08-12-2013 10:56 AM|
|08-12-2013 09:38 AM|
I consider my male aloof. In public, he doesn't seek interaction. He doesn't avoid, he just ignores.
At home, when a newcomer comes into our home he'll go check them out. He won't avoid first contact. I allow a few moments then tell him, "Hondo, that's rude." and he'll leave the person and lay down. But stay where he can watch them. He doesn't stare or act concerned, but you are well aware he is keeping an ear on you.
If the new comer is leary of dogs, I'll kennel him.
|08-12-2013 08:33 AM|
Well, Genetics do play a big part. I have two GSDs from completely different lines. Both are confident and bold dogs, neither timid at all. However one thinks the world revolves around him and LOVES affection from anyone who will give it to him. when strangers come into the house he just goes into orbit. In public he is very outgoing and will wag his whole body if someone pets him. My other one, not so much. She is very disinterested in anyone who is not directly part of the family petting her. Her tail will hang straight down, not the slightest wag, when strangers pet her. She will even give me a side ways glance and I can tell by her look that she is asking me to make the annoying stranger stop petting her.
To your question on changes in GSDs. I do believe that most have weakened in character but you can still find good ones, you just have to go to breeders who understand the breed and are not just breeding their pets.
|08-12-2013 08:22 AM|
|cliffson1||The German Shepherds are often Timid compared to past....Nah!.....seriously....lol aloofness is part of character of breed, but it should be accompanied with confidence and boldness. What would concern me is your dog showing the aloofness at home and being more outgoing in public.....something not right there.|
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