Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Re: Best GSD Advice
The best advice set me up with the right expectations: The GSD is not going to be bubbly and welcoming of strangers. It should NOT be overly defensive, shy, or too leery, but for someone used to labs your dog will seem quite indifferent at first. She will not approach strangers but there is NO reason they should not be able to approach her. The GSD is also a velcro dog!
Both of these have proven to be true to the millionth degree!! I grew up around labs so I'm glad I got this warning on what to expect. When I take my dog to the ice cream window, she just sits there very still and lets people pet her, but she's not jumping all over everyone and panting excitedly at their presence like the dogs I'm used to. Also, I cannot so much as go to the bathroom without her feeling "separated", lying outside the door until I'm done. She won't even sniff the ground without my approval first.