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07-22-2014 10:54 AM
Tiffseagles Depends on how the person is behaving. He does not like irratic or threatening behavior (person pacing, screaming in an angry voice, and waving hands OR making a bee-line for him with direct eye contact is a no go). Otherwise, he is friendly or indifferent.
07-13-2014 02:08 PM
Gunner12 Gunner is very cautious of strangers. He either likes the person or doesn't. He's a pretty good judge of character. For example there's a particular in-law that I never cared for, and on Gunner's first meeting with said in-law he hated him (and still does). I trust Gunner's natural instincts.
07-13-2014 10:35 AM
Fostersa Stitch is aloof but friendly. He will let us know if someone is not right though. When someone comes to the door I make him lay on his bed and stay. He whines but can't greet the guests until I say OK. That gives me the opportunity to set the guest at ease, some don't like dogs, and the first meeting is controlled. Also keep ringing the doorbell until he stops barking.
07-11-2014 07:21 PM
owens91 my pup likes to run to anyone and gets excited, sometimes she pees a little its a bit annoying, i wish she would be more aggressive, i mean she looks intimidating i wish she would play the part sometimes
07-11-2014 07:06 PM
bsbarre My girl Sadie absolutely goes ballistic when a stranger comes to our house. She is cautiously fine with people away from her home but does not like strangers at home. She is 1 1/2 y.o. Czech GS. I've tried everything to get her to stand down when someone comes over. She will eventually quiet but never rests completely. Does anyone have any training techniques to share for this behavior? I do know this, if I were a stranger trying to uunlawfully enter my house, she would tear me apart. I like this about her but she must learn to recognize a real threat from a non threat and stand down.
07-11-2014 04:21 PM
DJEtzel Frag completely ignores everyone unless they grab him, then he's not so happy.

Patton completely ignores everyone unless they coo at him, and he tries to lick their face off.
07-11-2014 03:56 PM
Originally Posted by Lilie View Post

As I've said before, he'll ride in your parade, but he's not going to wave.

I love this! It's my Sage in a nutshell.
07-11-2014 03:28 PM
Lilie I don't see one that says their GSD is aloof. Hondo will never 'warm' up to strangers. He is not aggressive towards them. Does not want to bite their head off. But doesn't want to be their friend either.

As I've said before, he'll ride in your parade, but he's not going to wave.
07-11-2014 03:27 PM
Benny Boo's Mommy My dog Ben loves everyone he meets out and about. Very sweet, though licky with everyone.

Q: How do strangers act around your GSD? On occasion, I have this experience where people ask to pet him, but are clearly nervous to do so. Why in the world do they ask to pet a dog they are afraid of? And this is a dog who is waggy and friendly. Is this a response to the breed?
07-11-2014 03:20 PM
Myah's Mom Myah is a lover of all people.

However, she closely watches people who look like they are hiding behind something while looking at her, or those loitering with unclear intentions. But still, she just watches, ears perked. If any of them turned to greet her, she would love them up like crazy.

Given that, her simple "alert" bark is enough to send people running.

My favorite is solicitors at the door. They can see her through the window and usually make a motion to me "don't open the door!" and head back through the courtyard gate. LOL.

Aww.....she really and genuinely would have made friends!
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