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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-21-2013, 10:29 PM Thread Starter
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To sniff or not to sniff ?

For some reason every dog owner I cross seems to want to let their dog sniff mine no matter what size their dog is.

I personally don't like that.

So far Lola (6mths old) had reacted well but I always pull her away and continue on with our walk.

I want to know if I should be letting her sniff other dogs or not.
I essentially want to desensitize her so that she doesn't want to go sniff them.
Am I wrong in pulling her away ?
I don't want her to feel like she's doing something wrong but I don't trust other people's out of control dogs.
Thoughts ?

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-21-2013, 10:37 PM
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I have always allowed Grim to meet other dogs. However, with his increasing age and what I've heard from others.... it's time to stop the 'meeting'. IDK how you feel about it personally. I know my guy doesn't have an issue with other dogs, and luckily hasn't had any bad experiences with other dogs. I doubt that would change if he didn't get to meet and greet we're done with that. I just continue walking if we come across another dog now. Grim still wants to meet, but he'll get over it. He doesn't pitch a fit anymore if he doesn't get to meet another dog (or person) so I think we're headed in the right direction. I'm always interested to see what others with more experience think, though.

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With a 5mo I have less experience than both of you, so take my opinion with a grain of salt, but for us, it depends. We "meet" dogs, if the owners are receptive and ask (and have what appears to be control of their dogs), but we don't go out of our way. If the owners are being pulled all directions by their dogs, I put Fleury in a sit and wait until they pass. He still goes a little nuts on the leash if I try and keep walking and we're still working on loose leash walking, so that's my strategy. Look forward to seeing what others do though.
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To sniff or not to sniff ?

For some reason, we don't get stopped anymore. Most of the time people either make a wide detour around us or wrap their leashes up and bring their dogs in closer, my neighborhood is dominated by smaller breeds so this may have something todo with it. I've noticed with age that Gaia could care less about another dog approaching us so we just keep on our way.

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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-22-2013, 09:26 PM
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I have a small breed and if I have a big breed dog coming I pick her up.
Now that I have Max I am hoping I won't fear this. My friends mom was walking her dog when a big breed dog came up and snatched her doggie and killed it right there in front of her. I could not imagine the heartache of losing one of my furbabies in such a manner. It is hard enough to lose one of natural causes.
I do let my boxer meet other dogs and since she is smaller size for the boxer most people do approach to pet her. And to let her meet their dogs. I am interested to see how this works with the GSD breed as Max gets older.
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-22-2013, 09:47 PM
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i did a lot of training around other dogs so i would
have control of my dog when he's around other dogs.
training around other dogs taught my dog that he has to
listen when around other dogs on or off lead. i use to train in the
parking lot of the dog park. as my dog learned i moved closer
to the enclosure. i trained along the fence. after training along
the fence i moved to the inside of the dog park. now i have solid
controll of my dog when he's around other animals. it took a while
for him to be non-reactive but with constant training ( a little at a time)
he learned. when i encountered dogs when out walking i use that time
for training.
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-23-2013, 12:30 PM
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If the other owner says their dog is friendly, I'm fine with the dogs meeting. Kylie always wants to meet other dogs.

There are three people I routinely encounter on walks whose dogs are not friendly. When they see me heading towards them, they cross the street. If I see them heading towards me and there is an option to turn off onto another street before they get to me, I take it. These owners know their dogs are reactive and purposely try to stay away from other dogs.

There are lots of other walkers we encounter who are just fine. Most of them are pretty small dogs, anywhere from 10 pounds up to 30 pounds. If the other owner okays it, then I'm fine with Kylie meeting the other dog. I just watch to make sure that Kylie doesn't get too exuberant since the other dog is usually so tiny compared to her. Kylie isn't super-big, just 51 pounds right now and projected to only reach about 60 pounds, but she's still a lot bigger than most of the other dogs in my neighborhood.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-27-2013, 09:02 PM
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I personally would encourage the sniff, I would check the temperament of the dog through first with the owner.

As puppy we need to socialise socialise socialise to everything!

I must look like a goose having my 4 month pup smelling tree saying hi to dogs, walking over grates and climbing gym equipment on our walks. But already having 1 fear based GSD (my rescue) and the work I have to put into hear to keep calm I'm not having my new boy fearful
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