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06-23-2014 10:04 AM
LaRen616
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Originally Posted by shepherdmom View Post
People need to respect boundaries.
^^^^This!

People are so RUDE, I can't tell you how many people just walk up and start touching my dog without asking or they allow their dog/s to run right up to my dog and "say hi." Parents also allow their small children to run up to my dog and the kids stick their hands in my dogs face. People rarely ask anymore and some people still do things even after you tell them not to.

I love taking Sinister with me to pet stores, he is very well behaved and he doesn't care who touches him and he likes other dogs so he doesn't mind when a dog rushes up to him. I just took him to our local town event, Nostalgia Days, it's a very big car show and a ton of people and dogs show up to look at the cars and watch them show off and drive by. I take Sinister every year and I know going into it that there will be people that touch him without asking or run up to him, I know that there will be kids that will be excited and yelling and I know that there will be dogs all over the place. He does great, he's gentle with kids, he's friendly towards strangers, he doesn't care about the dogs that walk by or bark at him, he's a complete joy.

Draven on the other hand, he is very friendly, he loves people and craves attention, he's great with kids and is very gentle, but he is not a fan of dogs he does not know. Because he is still young and he requires more training and he doesn't like other dogs, I did not bring him to the event and when we are at a pet store I have to be on the look out for overly friendly people with dogs and try to avoid them as much as possible. He would be ok though with someone touching him without my permission.
06-23-2014 09:44 AM
shepherdmom
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Originally Posted by martemchik View Post
I know OP is working on the dog's issues...but I'm on the other side of this. You shouldn't bring your dog into Petsmart that would bite someone that sticks their hand by their face. I wouldn't even except a growl out of my dog in that situation. There is ZERO reason for the dog to be defensive/protective in that situation. Sorry...a guy making you mad, is not enough reason for your dog to react as if this is a life threatening situation.

In this case, OP warned the guy, told him to not do anything, and did everything correctly. The guy kept pushing and he was in the wrong. But I still hate hearing stories of bringing fearful dogs into public places and basically using the people/dogs that are there to socialize your dog without telling/warning the people that your dog has issues. You're kind of putting those people/dogs in danger just to fix your dog...and I for one would not really be happy if I was in that situation.
Please remember something this is a PUPPY!!

I wasn't socializing him. I was a customer in an closed check out isle trying on a shirt. Its not like they have try on booths like in department stores.

Yes I take him there to socialize on the advice of two different trainers who KNOW him. But when we are socializing him has treats and toys to distract him and people that ask to greet him are given special yummy treats to hand him. He has never growled at anyone when we are socializing.

People need to respect boundaries. Nevada is open carry. I guess I'll just have to start walking around with my gun on my hip. Maybe then people will stay back! Watch out old lady with a gun!
06-23-2014 09:25 AM
martemchik
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Originally Posted by scout172 View Post
That was an appropriate way for Duke to act. That was completely uncalled for. Duke was better than much more GSDs would have been. Some would have bit that jerk.
I know OP is working on the dog's issues...but I'm on the other side of this. You shouldn't bring your dog into Petsmart that would bite someone that sticks their hand by their face. I wouldn't even except a growl out of my dog in that situation. There is ZERO reason for the dog to be defensive/protective in that situation. Sorry...a guy making you mad, is not enough reason for your dog to react as if this is a life threatening situation.

In this case, OP warned the guy, told him to not do anything, and did everything correctly. The guy kept pushing and he was in the wrong. But I still hate hearing stories of bringing fearful dogs into public places and basically using the people/dogs that are there to socialize your dog without telling/warning the people that your dog has issues. You're kind of putting those people/dogs in danger just to fix your dog...and I for one would not really be happy if I was in that situation.
06-23-2014 08:52 AM
Liesje That's too bad. Ours does not allow pets in the buildings, but the rest of campus has the same leash law as the local municipality.
06-22-2014 09:51 PM
shepherdmom
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Originally Posted by Liesje View Post
Hmmmm, this I'm not really sure about. I live in the city so I have no shortage of places to go. Generally with puppies I start going to places where people are going to be neutral, places that are not specifically for pets (because I find that places like pet stores seem to imply that anyone can just run up and touch my dog, and I get sick of constantly asking people to not do that). For example a college campus. I will walk the puppy around first while class is in session so there are few people around and they are all at various distances on their way to places so not interested in a puppy. If that's OK, then I start walking him around the 10 minutes between classes so the sidewalks are packed, but again these people have other places to be and most do not stop or even notice a puppy. A few times I get a student that misses her dog back home but unlike the pet store, people seem way more inclined to ask before the pet and because students are often in a hurry, it's easy to keep the interactions very short, they move on before the puppy starts feeling overwhelmed.
Yeah that won't work around here. I work for the local college and I know they frown greatly on dogs on campus.
06-22-2014 09:49 PM
shepherdmom
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Originally Posted by David Winners View Post
Try and think of what your attitude would be if a 14yo nephew was running through your house and almost knocked over an end table with favorite pictures on it.

Channel that inner boss.

David Winners
Haha well my nephew just turned 40 but I think I know what you mean. Use the mom glare.
06-22-2014 08:04 AM
David Winners
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Originally Posted by shepherdmom View Post
Ok guys I need help with this. How do I make my eyes go hard. How do I sound intimidating. I would love to know this trick. I get told all the time, you look like my grandma, you remind me of my favorite aunt. We can't go into a restaurant without someone calling me dear, darling or sweetie. Its embarrassing. My hubby thinks its hilarious.
Try and think of what your attitude would be if a 14yo nephew was running through your house and almost knocked over an end table with favorite pictures on it.

Channel that inner boss.

David Winners
06-22-2014 12:58 AM
scout172 That was an appropriate way for Duke to act. That was completely uncalled for. Duke was better than much more GSDs would have been. Some would have bit that jerk.
06-22-2014 12:47 AM
HappyFurKid
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Originally Posted by Liesje View Post
Hmmmm, this I'm not really sure about. I live in the city so I have no shortage of places to go. Generally with puppies I start going to places where people are going to be neutral, places that are not specifically for pets (because I find that places like pet stores seem to imply that anyone can just run up and touch my dog, and I get sick of constantly asking people to not do that). For example a college campus. I will walk the puppy around first while class is in session so there are few people around and they are all at various distances on their way to places so not interested in a puppy. If that's OK, then I start walking him around the 10 minutes between classes so the sidewalks are packed, but again these people have other places to be and most do not stop or even notice a puppy. A few times I get a student that misses her dog back home but unlike the pet store, people seem way more inclined to ask before the pet and because students are often in a hurry, it's easy to keep the interactions very short, they move on before the puppy starts feeling overwhelmed.
What a wonderful idea! I live in a college town, so this is something I could definitely do when I get my pup! Thanks for sharing that!
06-21-2014 08:02 PM
Liesje
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Originally Posted by shepherdmom View Post
I live out in the middle of nowhere. Dude could live here and never have to come into contact with anyone but my family. The trainer I'm working with, The Petsmart trainer running the class, and the trainer that hosts the socialization all say he needs more exposure to people. Petsmart, Tractor Supply places like that are the only places I know where I can get him exposure to people.
Hmmmm, this I'm not really sure about. I live in the city so I have no shortage of places to go. Generally with puppies I start going to places where people are going to be neutral, places that are not specifically for pets (because I find that places like pet stores seem to imply that anyone can just run up and touch my dog, and I get sick of constantly asking people to not do that). For example a college campus. I will walk the puppy around first while class is in session so there are few people around and they are all at various distances on their way to places so not interested in a puppy. If that's OK, then I start walking him around the 10 minutes between classes so the sidewalks are packed, but again these people have other places to be and most do not stop or even notice a puppy. A few times I get a student that misses her dog back home but unlike the pet store, people seem way more inclined to ask before the pet and because students are often in a hurry, it's easy to keep the interactions very short, they move on before the puppy starts feeling overwhelmed.
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