My pup does the same thing sometimes. Everyone wants to pet her, as in EVERYONE. The Leerburg method of not letting your dog interact with anyone or anything is a great method. I have learned this the hard way. My dog is still 15 weeks old so I think I have time. Lately Ive been letting less and less people pet her. I will stop letting anyone pet her from now on. I've really had enough of her looking to strangers for attention. She doesn't do it always, but sometimes.
Hmmm well ... thanks for the lead in.
Aforementioned article ... second link here:
Admittedly ED Frawley, has kind of an "edge" to him but the essence is correct. Control your dog's "space." If you don't mind her meeting and greeting "strangers" no problems. But you need to set the terms. And it can't be meeting everybody, if you do that all the time?? Then tat is what she "Expects to do."
So use it as a training opportunity, have her Sit or Stand calmly and then say "OK." If she ramps up and she's on leash (An assumption on my part) then say "NO" and turn away if she still ramps up. OH oh time to go. It's a training "opportunity."
Additionally add the "Place Command" and "Sit on the Dog" those are here:
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Train "Place" and have her "Place" and sit somewhere off to the aside and "People Watch" and add "Sit on the Dog" you take here on leash (regular length 6 foot leash) and you Sit on the leash and observe. No corrections or Commands you just "Sit."
So it's not a big deal but if "everyone wants to pet her??? Then your going to have to step up and learn to say ... "NO" at times. "Most" people will understand that and you can show your dog how you "expect" her to behave in public.
And the "Place" thing in "public" use a long line until she can do a two hour "Place" with distractions .. the more you work on it ... the sooner she will get there.
And again meet and greets should be random not "everybody." Welcome aboard and ask questions.