Proper or Improper introduction
Hello everyone. I brought Lakoda to a park where there was an agility event going on. She was very good, I even was able to get her attention at times. We walked around then sat along the side lines watching, just hanging out. Then this woman comes right up to us with her GSD, "Oh look at the baby" I get up because her dog was nosing up to Lakoda, shes only 4 months now, "Oh don't worry, she's fine". My mouth kind of dropped, I didn't really know what to say, then her dog discovered my pouch with treats and she planted herself infront of me. Stupid me, I go to give her one and she almost chomped my finger off.
So I explained what happened to our trainer at class the next day, which lead into a lenghty discussion of why she feels that allowing your dog to greet every dog you meet can have serious concequences. Mainly because you just do not know what "could" happen. Of couse I want Lakoda to be social. I have always been drawn to Shepherds, I grew up with them, but I would never approach a dog I do not know, because I don't know what the result could be. Most people respect other peoples space at dog events. And lets face it if Lakoda was full grown how many people would get in her face, most people are leary and would respect her space, mostly because she is a shepherd. I want her to have "friends" she plays with her brother on occasion and my other dogs. I was hoping that some others from class would want to do a play date, but now of course everyone is skeptical about it.
So my question for those that do go to shows/events is it proper to let your dog nose up to another dog you do not know?