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05-29-2014 12:31 AM
Colie CVT My dogs all have to be sitting in some way touching me I swear lol. I felt so bad for the little guy, he was obviously nervous. Sadly I saw a few other young shepherds who were not being treated like they should have in my opinion. I was heading in to hope to say hi to one of them, and she tried to come over to see me, but the girl handling her got upset that she moved, since she had been randomly getting up and trying to run off. Which makes sense to me. I wouldn't want to stay at someone who got mad at me because I wanted to slip away.

I didn't want to go over to where she was sitting because I didn't want her to feel crowded into the corner of x-ray. I probably should have knelt down near her and let her come near. I always try to sit near patients if I am just hanging out with them. Talk with them, pet them softly. I always try to hold the smaller patients for things, keep my hand or arm under them in some way. Same thing with bigger dogs. People have commented that patients seem to like me that haven't been particularly friendly toward others. I take my ques on how to work with them from other girls I work with who are excellent at patient care and handling. The one woman truly has a way with the little dogs. She's just so patient with them, always concerned about their comfort.

Shepherds are just so hard not to want to go say hello to. I just wanna hug them all!
05-28-2014 01:19 PM
SunCzarina He sat on your foot, LOL, that's how you know they trust you! My dogs have just always known my shepherd friends from other friends who may have had a dog or five but none of them were shepherds. The friends with Rotties or Akitas get a pass too -those people know what we know.
05-28-2014 10:43 AM
Moriah Yesterday a guy who years ago helped found the k-9 police club in the Seattle area was at a pet store. His face lit up so bright when he saw my puppy outside the store. He came within 15 feet squatted down and called, puppy,puppy, puppy. I knew this guy knew GSDs. The two of them had a complete love feast. Very heart warming.
05-28-2014 10:17 AM
ken k
Originally Posted by Pax8 View Post
I run into that all the time in my training classes, especially at the beginning before I've gotten a chance to really work on how owners interact with their dogs. Many will look to me and ignore their owners,
the dogs are giving you your props, as it was explained to me by my trainer whos been doing it for 45 years, the dogs know, that you know, I have seen it a hundred times in class, and unruly dog with its owner, when my trainer takes the leash without saying a word the dog instantly settles down and focus on him
05-28-2014 09:35 AM
Bridget I find that dogs sometimes just don't like a particular person (just like us) for no particular reason. That person frequently thinks the dog is aggressive maybe because they don't want to contemplate that the dog just doesn't like them.
05-28-2014 08:52 AM
blackshep I find GSD's just have a low tolerance for strangers manhandling them.

I had one vet talk to me from across the room, then march over and try to palpate my pup's tummy and I thought she was going to get bit (my dog didn't do anything, but snapped her head around).

My regular vet kneels on the floor and pets my dog while we're talking and by the time she needs to do anything with her, my dog is feeling comfortable with her.

I think some people just don't have the patience some dogs need to feel safe and secure before they try to do anything with them, and the GSD is such a good reader of body language and emotions. It often times only takes a minute of calm energy to make them feel secure.

Glad you were able to help the pup have a better experience
05-27-2014 11:43 PM
Pax8 I run into that all the time in my training classes, especially at the beginning before I've gotten a chance to really work on how owners interact with their dogs. Many will look to me and ignore their owners, but I have noticed that breeds that crave clear, consistent directions like German Shepherds, Rotties, Collies, ACD's, and the like tend to attach themselves to me and don't want to look at anyone else. I always challenge owners to learn the behaviors they need to win back their dog's attention.
05-27-2014 11:39 PM
Colie CVT I have felt that one myself. I don't tend to have issues with them, and I really do enjoy getting to see all the GSD who come in. I remember one day we had one come in with its owner and it actually jumped up and bit the shirt of a co-worker of mine. She never had trouble with them in the past, but that obviously startled her. However when I went up to deal with the man and his dog, I had no problems at all. He didn't growl or anything at me.

Funniest was the day I went to kneel down to give an injection of sedative to a young K9 officer that came in after eating a mag flashlight (malinois lol). He just took one look at me and came right over, leaning himself into me for snuggles.
05-27-2014 11:15 PM
KZoppa they always know IMO. There's something they can just sense. They know who has a better understanding of them than others.
05-27-2014 08:45 PM
ken k they know, I did a transport. with my sister last year, 2 female GSD's, sisters, bout 16 months old, room full of people and when they brought them in, they both ran to me, stayed by me and ignored the other people
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