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Greeting children

I can honestly say that I'm out in public (with Kira) every day. if not a local park, it's a trip with the family to the ice cream parlor, etc..

The last few days, we'd be sitting outside on a park bench, or wherever, when a family with small children would approach and ask if it was OK to pet her.

If Kira is sitting or standing, she goes into a down position to allow the small child to pet her. She'll just stay there, until the child is done, and they walk away. Then she'll get up and get back to where she was prior.

She's been doing this every time a small child comes near to greet her.

I didn't teach her this. Is this common behavior for a young, balanced GS?

Do you agree with her way of greeting children?

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I can honestly say that I'm out in public (with Kira) every day. if not a local park, it's a trip with the family to the ice cream parlor, etc..

The last few days, we'd be sitting outside on a park bench, or wherever, when a family with small children would approach and ask if it was OK to pet her.

If Kira is sitting or standing, she goes into a down position to allow the small child to pet her. She'll just stay there, until the child is done, and they walk away. Then she'll get up and get back to where she was prior.

She's been doing this every time a small child comes near to greet her.

I didn't teach her this. Is this common behavior for a young, balanced GS?

Do you agree with her way of greeting children?
That is the perfect way to greet anyone..Kids in my home(nieces/nephews)my dog is still a little high strung and tries jumping on them, kissing them-well the kissing part isn't bad but when the kids pull their heads back she air snaps and it scares them because they think she wants to eat them-she does calm down and we are constantly putting her in a sit and not allowing this...when out and about...if a kid comes close enough, she is usually eye level with them and she goes to kiss them right away--she favors kids and loves them I have been putting her in a sit position for what seems like forever I can't wait for her to do it on her own It is a work in progress and you are very lucky!!

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That is the perfect way to greet anyone..Kids in my home(nieces/nephews)my dog is still a little high strung and tries jumping on them, kissing them-well the kissing part isn't bad but when the kids pull their heads back she air snaps and it scares them because they think she wants to eat them-she does calm down and we are constantly putting her in a sit and not allowing this...when out and about...if a kid comes close enough, she is usually eye level with them and she goes to kiss them right away--she favors kids and loves them I have been putting her in a sit position for what seems like forever I can't wait for her to do it on her own It is a work in progress and you are very lucky!!
Haha, I had a good visual on his behavior.

If I have to think back on how this started, I'd have to guess that when we were in a situation where children wanted to greet her, I would always give the child a small treat to give to her. In most cases, the child would get nervous, and just drop the treat on the floor in front of Kira.

She would go down to get it, and just stay there.

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Knuckles is the same way... he loves kids. He whines and cry when we walk past the daycare in our neighborhood. When there is a kid by him, he is on his BEST behavior and is so gentle with them. I think it's because the children are their size, or smaller, I don't know.
Yesterday we were by a neighbor who has a Great Dane and also a 4 year old boy. Knuckles & Bella would be playing rough, but as soon as Knuckles got near the little boy he would slow down into a walk until he passed him. It was the funniest thing.

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Haha, I had a good visual on his behavior.

If I have to think back on how this started, I'd have to guess that when we were in a situation where children wanted to greet her, I would always give the child a small treat to give to her. In most cases, the child would get nervous, and just drop the treat on the floor in front of Kira.

She would go down to get it, and just stay there.

My guess.
Why is it that no matter how we tell the kids to give the treat they just drop it-even if they are around the dog all the time? I think most dogs have a good sense about kids and if they around them enough, they learn how to behave.

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Why is it that no matter how we tell the kids to give the treat they just drop it-even if they are around the dog all the time? I think most dogs have a good sense about kids and if they around them enough, they learn how to behave.
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Oddly enough they are smarter then most adults

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Anthony I just noticed your new avatar -- wow , who is the photographer and arranger -- that could easily be the cover of a book -- gorgeous
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Anthony I just noticed your new avatar -- wow , who is the photographer and arranger -- that could easily be the cover of a book -- gorgeous
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Sorry if I sound a bit stupid, but when you say 'down' do you mean laying down?
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