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Did I mess up her socialization somewhere?

Last night at the dog park someone mentioned to me that I may have problems with Gaia down the road because she doesn't like people petting her.Now this is the first time I've ever seen this person and her trying to pet Gaia would have been her first interaction with her. I try to socialize her as much as possible, she's been to puppy classes, constantly in obedience classes, take her to festivals, walks thru down town, the vet, the pet store, she's a regular "show and tell" addition at my friends daycare and the list goes on. She's endured 3 family reunions this summer and did fine at all of them. She's a gem with other dogs, will selectively bark at a couple that walk by the house when I have her outside but I've never seen any sort of reaction that I would chalk up to agression be it fear or otherwise. It's more of a bark, a play bow and when they don't engage her she comes back to me with her ball. I'm working on keeping her attention but that's another matter.It takes her a while to warm up to people and she doesn't approach anyone new with her tail wagging looking for a pet instead she'll watch them for a while then make up her mind if she's going to approach them or not. If they catch me off guard and approach her anywhere she'll let them pet her but I can tell she's uncomfortable and remove her from the situation but she's never growled, shown her teeth, raised her hackles or anything of the sort. I always thought this was normal and her demonstrating being "aloof" but being me, I tend to over analyze peoples comments when they are predicting the worse. Is this stanger blowing everything completely out of porportion or do I have to change up my plan?

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Neither one of my dogs will tolerate being pet by strangers while offleash outside of the house. They just ignore people trying to pet them, and I've never seen the need to correct it. If they're on leash then I'll either say no or tell them to sit and give a treat

In the house they're very friendly and will come up for pets and kisses to most people

Like you said, as long as there's no hackling or growling but simply aloofness then I fail to see a issue

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Neither one of my dogs will tolerate being pet by strangers while offleash outside of the house. They just ignore people trying to pet them, and I've never seen the need to correct it. If they're on leash then I'll either say no or tell them to sit and give a treat

In the house they're very friendly and will come up for pets and kisses to most people

Like you said, as long as there's no hackling or growling but simply aloofness then I fail to see a issue
I agree...I don't see a problem here.
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I've noticed that there's tons of people out there that know all there is to know about everything under the sun - and they'll just get right in your face and share the wealth of info, without you even asking Did this person go right up to Gaia and start poking at her? If so, I'd be steering clear of that person in the future - just because I don't have any patience for this kind of person, lol!
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I've noticed that there's tons of people out there that know all there is to know about everything under the sun - and they'll just get right in your face and share the wealth of info, without you even asking Did this person go right up to Gaia and start poking at her? If so, I'd be steering clear of that person in the future - just because I don't have any patience for this kind of person, lol!

She tried to grab her collar as she was walking by because she wanted to get a closer look because she's so "different" looking. I asked her somewhat polietly not to do that again and that started the "you're going to have problems" speech.

Thanks for the feedback everyone, it's what I suspected but I just wanted to be sure as I'm still new to all of this.

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Arrgghh! I had that happen to me - a neighbor grabbed my puppy's collar and I couldn't believe what I was seeing! What nerve! I was so mad I was shaking when I took the collar out of her hand. Well, these people are downright lunatics, IMO. Definitely don't worry about what she said.
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She tried to grab her collar as she was walking by because she wanted to get a closer look because she's so "different" looking. I asked her somewhat polietly not to do that again and that started the "you're going to have problems" speech.

Thanks for the feedback everyone, it's what I suspected but I just wanted to be sure as I'm still new to all of this.
From your first comment, it sounded like you have a typical GSD. After reading this last comment - Wow! This stranger really took a risk - I'd say you have a very good dog, my dog would have reacted to a stranger grabbing her collar. This person is crazy. That said, our previous GSD mix generally did not like being petted by strangers. Every once is a while we'd meet someone who had a really good vibe (sensitive and kind to animals) and she would warm up to this kind of person, otherwise indifferent.
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Wow are you kidding me?!? No, I don't feel like you've done ANYTHING wrong with her socialization. What does that person know how much you've done/are doing?!? sheesh...

To me it sounds like you are on the perfect track with Gaia. Keep it up. We love our well socialized pups here!

Wish my two were only half as well socialized as Gaia. Then IMO they'd be in much better socialized shape
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Oh people like this get me going, I would have said "are you a dog behaviorist? Do you have German Shepherds? what are your credentials?"

And grabbing her collar? That would have TICKED ME OFF! ok off my rant.

Keep doing what your doing, GSD's are supposed to be ALOOF, and she sounds pretty normal to me

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She sounds like a great dog, that met a crazy lady and knew it.

No amount of socializing will turn a GSD into a powder-puff-I-love-everybody dog.

I don't think you will have trouble with her.

Just keep on keeping on, and ignore the "experts." Remember that a true expert will wait for you to seek them out and ask the question that is on your mind.

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