Originally Posted By: k950Have as much fun as you can. Who cares if the neighborhood thinks if you have a mean dog. best to be questionable . Do you really, truly wants people knowing your dog is a sweetie ? dogs are the best deterant against burglary and also dogs have the best judgement about people who do not have good intentions. Let the neighbors wonder. Dont confirm.
I have to strongly disagree. We are not talking about "the neighborhood" thinking that there is a dog inside the home that may or may not protect the home...we are talking about a TON of small impressionable CHILDREN that are having their emotions, fears and personalities formed as well as a PUPPY (5 months old) that is also having his emotions, fears and personality formed.
All this is going to do is reinforce to the dog that when people show up and he barks, they will go away. This is going to reinforce to him to bark at every leaf that blows by the house and has the potential to cause a habit that will be VERY hard to break later.
This also has the potential to cause a fear of dogs (GSDs in particular) in a MASS AMOUNT of children. Children that are going to grow up to be GSD fearing adults. Adults that can vote and put into effect breed bans against this breed that we are trying so hard to keep out of that stigma.
As for people knowing that the PUPPY is a "sweetie"....Yes. I DO want people to know Mandi is sweet and I spend a lot of time allowing strangers to pet her and interact with her to teach her AND them that she IS a sweetie. Most of the people on this board try to reinforce to the general public that our dogs are good things to have in the community and not the vicious blood hungry animals that a lot of people think they are.
In addition to all the reasons I have listed, on the off chance that the OPs PUPPY gets past her and out the door he could jump up and knock a kid off the steps, scratch a child, scare a child to the extent that the child trips and falls on the OPs property...sll are things that could lead to a lawsuit. For what? To prove to a bunch of 7 year olds that she has a PUPPY that will eat them if they try to break in?
To the OP:
I agree with the others. Halloween this year is not the time to socialize. I think it IS a good idea to let your puppy meet the children and people in your neighborhood, but on a smaller scale and not so many at a time. You may even want to take the next year until next Halloween and teach your pup to drop the candy in the trick or treat bag or to maybe do a cute, quick trick that he could perform next Halloween to put people and their kids at ease. But this Halloween he is only 5 months old and needs you to protect him and make him feel safe. I also say he is better left crated in the other room.