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08-31-2014 05:31 PM
Originally Posted by Susan_GSD_mom View Post
There should be another option--my male GSD stays aloof to strangers, but he doesn't immediately want to bite their head off. He doesn't really fit in any of those three descriptions.

My female, now, opts for the bite their head off. Until I let her see that someone is okay, then she is aloof.
Bijuu used to love every one, but ever since he his the 5 month mark he ignores people. He'll sniff them, but doesn't care to be touched by people he doesn't know. He just acts like they don't exist, he'll glance at them from time to time if we stop and talk. It apparently bothers a lot of 'dog people' in my area, they call him unsocialized and antisocial, lol.
08-29-2014 02:01 AM
DJGinger She is watchful and later ambivalent. But I think if I displayed any hostility or fear she'd be on them like a badger.

No exact vote category.
I keep my signals careful because she really disapproves of strangers on first exposure. If we are relaxed then she is friendly.

The the reaction is changing as she now settles into her second year; the 'friendly' is becoming 'aloof' towards adults.

She still likes and is attracted towards children. And herds them.

**add: It also depends on location. Around home she is more proactive in defense mode.. travel = day off
08-28-2014 12:35 PM
WateryTart I couldn't vote.

My girl is a pup, so it's hard to say how things will end up, but as she gets older, she's leaning more toward the parade but not waving (which totally cracks me up). Right now, it's really hit or miss regarding who is an instant BFF and who she refuses to acknowledge, and there is zero correlation between that and the level of interest the stranger has in her.

Unless you are a kid. Then she will love you.
08-28-2014 11:27 AM
Subdolus Bear appears to want to be everyone's friend, human, dog, cat, or otherwise.

Even when another dog (or person) clearly doesn't like him or is scared of him, he seems to take it as a cue to try extra hard to be friendly and un-obnoxious. It works maybe 90% of the time, and when it doesn't, poor Bear has a nearly perfect 'kicked dog' look over the fact that someone didn't think he was great.

I've found more people automatically assume he's going to bite their face off because of his breed than anything, and more than one older person who is wary of him because of 'bad experiences with police dogs in the 60s and 70s' (thought that was a strange one-off conversation, but I've heard it from about 10 random people we've met on walks in the past few months).
08-27-2014 10:41 PM
DixieGSD If were out in public, on a walk or whatever Dixie usually ignore's stranger's. If a stranger tries to come onto the property they are met with an unhappy girl. Until my husband or I give her the command to stop than she'll come back and watch the person very intently.
08-27-2014 05:28 PM
Originally Posted by TankGrrl66 View Post
Typical GSD Security Clearance, as I look at it.

My dogs generally don't care about anyone else/strangers unless I do. But they always accept friendly gestures if given...if not, they pretty much ignore other people.

On my property, they are friendly to anyone invited. And once someone has been invited once, my dogs have always remembered them and been friendly. Frequent fliers get a party of happy GSDs as soon as they walk in.
ditto this with my pack!
08-23-2014 08:27 PM
SuperG And perhaps another option...." Depends on how I act with the stranger".

08-23-2014 08:15 PM
Susan_GSD_mom There should be another option--my male GSD stays aloof to strangers, but he doesn't immediately want to bite their head off. He doesn't really fit in any of those three descriptions.

My female, now, opts for the bite their head off. Until I let her see that someone is okay, then she is aloof.
08-23-2014 07:40 PM
trcy If we're out on a leash he loves people. If they are trying to come in his yard or house it's a different story. Delivery people usually back up about 10 feet once the barking and growling starts.
08-23-2014 06:54 PM
MichaelE Lisl is good with family that visits, but she doesn't like strangers and will not trust them. It does depend upon the person in some cases, but many times she will just ignore you after she gives you a once over sniff, or if she doesn't like you will try to keep you pinned in whatever location you are in.

The couch in the living room, the front porch, the bathroom (if you get that far). She will sit or stand in front of you, bark at you aggressively and not allow you to move if I allow it.

A few weeks ago I was in the garage with the door open assembling a new Weber grill. Lisl is never very far from me anywhere we are, but that day she heard the mailbox lid open.

I did not.

She quietly ran to the front porch and detained the mail gal until I could get to the front of the house to see what all the ruckus was about.

She never attacked her, but she would not let her off of the front porch until I arrived and told her 'quiet!' and 'off!'.

I appologised profusely for Lisl having scared the poor girl to death.
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