|08-20-2014 06:30 PM|
I kind of expected some fearful responses from people. I'm more surprised it doesn't happen with greater frequency. My mother-in-law said several times how afraid she is of GSDs, and I'd heard people make comments about their reactivity and being concerned about them, so I sort of assumed there was some fear out there. I think that's partly why the mobbing to my puppy on walks really took me by surprise!
|08-20-2014 02:06 PM|
Usually when it's just me and Atti I get a few reactions:
- most people LOVE him and go out of the way, even crossing the street sometimes, to ask me what he is, tell me how gorgeous he is and love all over him. these are usually the people who also tell me they have never seen a GSD puppy in person before and that he has completely changed their idea of a "scary" breed.
- then there are the people who go out of their way in the opposite direction to get away from us. even at 3 1/2 months old. i've had people almost pull into a parking space and then as soon as they see us walking down the sidewalk, they back up and move to the entirely opposite side of the parking lot. usually if i can catch it early enough that people are wary of him, especially if he starts talking (god forbid he wants to play hehe), i will go ahead and do the work for them and cross the street. i will almost always get a "thank you" and a relieved smile.
- the people who pick up their small dogs to walk past me because obviously he is crazy and rabid and will eat your dog.
- maybe 75% of the time i get asked if he's purebred, if he's a police dog or if i am training him to be one
- my personal favorite though are the ELEVEN people who have told me what a beautiful husky i have hehehe i usually cant help but giggle a little bit
when it's the two of us and my roommates pomeranian it's an entirely different story. i haven't had anyone change paths or even show signs of being intimidated by Atti. it's like he doesnt even exist when there's a tiny furball to gawk at. it's not even like the pom is the friendly one, he could care less if anyone looked at him. he's such a princess.
overall, most experiences have been positive. he's definitely helped me make lots of friends in our apartment complex. i just never thought people would actually be afraid of him enough to avoid us completely.
|08-20-2014 11:57 AM|
I have this happen to me all the time!!!
I can't believe people let their dogs run up on Sinister, if I didn't know Sin I would be intimidated by him. He's very big, he's all black and he looks somewhat like a wolf, I would never let my dog near him without asking if he is friendly towards other dogs.
My Dalmatian is a bit of a jerk, he gets along with my friend's Min Pin and ACD mix as well as my friend's 2 Dobermans but he is a jerk towards my cousin's Doberman and all other dogs. He definitely doesn't like when other dogs run up at him and he will growl.
|08-20-2014 11:47 AM|
|08-20-2014 10:43 AM|
|PoukieBear||I get a lot of people saying "He's such a beautiful dog!" but no one ever asks to pet him.|
|08-20-2014 04:12 AM|
|Benny Boo's Mommy||
Most people around restaurants and pet stores love my Ben and are very eager to pet him or meet him. He's a friendly guy though. We've had our share of "fear responses" from folks, but not too many. I will say that he gets a lot of mistrust from the groomers and sometimes from vets--but only in the first five minutes. After that, they are ready to trust him.
We did our training at the Humane Society Basic Class. It was great-- the instructor is AMAZING. Ben was the noisiest (and biggest) dog there. Some of the other owners were nervous, particularly the Yorkie owner, but again, once they realized he was just a big baby, everyone got comfortable with Ben. He LOVES training, so we're going to try another class as he thinks learning is really a fun thing to do.
What else...yeah, we hear a lot of opinions/trivia about the breed from strangers. Everyone has a comment about hips. Also ask about breeder/rescue a lot. He's from the pound.
|08-20-2014 02:22 AM|
With Bianca mostly when out walking, people would either ignore her or cross the street to avoid us. Sometimes if we saw kids they would ask about her, and I'd let them pet her since she loved kids.
Most people assumed she was not friendly, even the staff (not during an exam, but the receptionists and stuff) at our vets office would not interact with her until once I told them how much she loved people. I think because she did not interact or try to go up to people unless I told her she was allowed to "go say hi" so people just assumed she didn't want to be petted even though she loved when people would pet her.
At pet stores or dog events mostly we'd get asked how old she was, and how much she weighed. People were always surprised to hear she wasn't a puppy for some reason even though she was actually tall for a female Shepherd.
A few people at festivals freaked out when they saw her, one lady screamed loudly and backed up into people. Another lady screamed when her toddler started running towards us, until I smiled at them and then she let the kid pet Bianca!
When at events we also had quite a few people assume she was a service dog, I guess because she was normally wearing her backpack plus some,times we were accompanied by my BIL and his guide dog.
|08-19-2014 09:49 PM|
Depends on the dog. My female Lena garners lots of "she's beautiful" but no approaches. My male Nix gets the people that stop and stare and then the hesitant "can I pet him". Not sure why. Lena is a love. Loves everyone. But she has a very very dignified air. Nix is still a pup, 19 months, so maybe he comes off a bit more approachable.
At Petsmart the other day, looking for chewies, turned to see a woman about on her knees 6 feet away staring at Nix. She was just slowly scooting towards us. I told her he was fine and let him to the end if his leash where he kissed at loved on her. She was from Germany and we talked a long time. She has a Wheaton now, allergic daughter, but she haaaaad to stop and say hi to my boy.
Walking down the street. Most people give us room.
|08-19-2014 09:31 PM|
|huntergreen||most folks were a bit taken back when near kyra, pure black, good size and those light brown eyes that seemed to stare though you.|
|08-19-2014 08:22 PM|
|annap24||With Reagan I've had pretty mixed reactions. She has a tendency to bark if someone turns a corner and surprises her, and her bark is pretty intimidating. Some people are scared and try to avoid her. I've had other people come up and say she's beautiful, they love shepherds, etc. A lot of people are surprised that she's only a year and a half old because she acts older than that.|
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