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Angry It is so frustrating...

My girl Misia is very, very well behaved. She has been through formal "puppy training" . I work with her almost every night, sometimes my work schedule will interfere but my point is, is that she has been socialized tremendously.

I like to take her different places other than the RMGSD club. They are obvious all friendly to GSD's or pet stores which like the club, is very friendly.

I will walk her into any store that will allows leashed dogs. Tonight I was in Best Buy...I saw a man pick his girl up off the floor and she was probably 3/4 of the store away from me. The clerk was clearly nervous and we started talking and he asked me if she was a "police dog"...I am not a Officer so I told him no but she does scent work and herding ( not officially yet ). He was clearly reluctant but he did ask me if he could pet her and I told him that she is a sweet heart and go for it. Of course she was nothing but that.

Score one for my girl, while we where waiting in line she was laying on the floor by my feet. A couple asked me why I felt it was OK to bring a "Guard Dog" in Best Buy and, it makes people uncomfortable. I dismissed there comments and left. It is not just tonight but this is a huge trend that I have noticed.

What my point is, is that it is so frustrating the perception these absolute morons have. Granted they may look intimidating, maybe its because they are used for K9, protection work but, they are also companions dogs, SAR, Agility, and of course herding / ranch work, etc. I know all of you know this but what do you do ? I honestly feel bad for my girl because of the preconceptions that people have about the breed.

Granted, if was going to guess 60% of people if not more do not train there dogs. However there is a huge difference from a dog yanking its owner through a store and a dog walking on a short, loose leash.
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I am going to have to check if my local best buy lets dogs inside. I'm guessing no though.

When I first got Sage, the comments like that irritated me. Usually I ignored them and if it was a bad day they got a remark to make them feel like an idiot.

Now I try to educate. I would apologize for my dog's presence making them feel uncomfortable but inform them that animals were allowed to be there and my dog was being perfectly behaved. Then if they were still listening I would let them know that not all GSDs are police dogs. Many are family pets. They are not an agressive breed but there are a lot of irresposible owners and breeders out there just like any other breed etc..

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best buy..pet friendly?? Wish mine was!!

Some people just have fears. and mis-informed. They watch COPS on tv, see a GSD going nuts, and instantly assume your dog is going to rip their arm off
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yeah i'm from Colorado and the only places i know of that allow leashed dogs in who arent police dogs or service dogs are the pet stores. Chains like Best Buy has a service dog on policy as do most other places.

As far as the responses from other people, its all ignorance. Try to educate. If your dog is friendly and well behaved, it wouldnt hurt to ask them if they'd like to meet your dog. The worst they'll say is no. I know people are usually backing away wide-eyed from my dogs until i ask if they'd like to say hi.

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Its because of all the irresponsible "owners" out there that get dogs from crappy breeders, keep them tied to a tree for the first 2 years where they have no socialization and become aggressive....then brag and show everyone their "super protective guard dog." Hooray for all those that make people think all gds are bad and scary dogs.

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Its because of all the irresponsible "owners" out there that get dogs from crappy breeders, keep them tied to a tree for the first 2 years where they have no socialization and become aggressive....then brag and show everyone their "super protective guard dog." Hooray for all those that make people think all gds are bad and scary dogs.
I thought they did that to pitbulls
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I try not to let it bother me when people assume my dog is dangerous by virtue of her breed. It does bother me when people insist that she's part wolf.

Does this tiny 55lb dog really look like a wolf to you? [That's an average size ewe there.]


I can't blame other pet owners for taking precautions to protect their dog from *any* dog, regardless of breed. People probably think I'm terrified of Chihuahuas based on my reaction. In reality, it's the owner's stupidity I'm concerned about.

You could try reframing it as "they think my dog is a PSD or PPD because of how well trained and behaved it is", but at the end of the day... GSD owners spend a lot of time biting their tongue in response to the lack of public familiarity with our breed, or dogs in general.


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yeah i'm from Colorado and the only places i know of that allow leashed dogs in who arent police dogs or service dogs are the pet stores. Chains like Best Buy has a service dog on policy as do most other places.

As far as the responses from other people, its all ignorance. Try to educate. If your dog is friendly and well behaved, it wouldnt hurt to ask them if they'd like to meet your dog. The worst they'll say is no. I know people are usually backing away wide-eyed from my dogs until i ask if they'd like to say hi.
I was surprised as well, I saw a golden retriever in Best Buy with a lady and I asked a clerk if they allow any dog or only service/companion dogs. He said they where dog friendly. I thought that seemed odd but, he told me only the Best Buys in Boulder County allow dogs.
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Oh the wolf thing...it never ends.

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SchDDR, wow that sheep is huge! What an awesome picture, cool dog!

So far no one has said anything negative and no one has voiced anxiety over Remi. Mostly people just tell me he's pretty or cute, but it may change when he's full grown, since he's so dark, people will probably fear him. I'm not too concerned about that, though, because I'm a young woman in a dangerous world. My neighbors all love him, but they're used to GSDs since my neighbor across the street had one for so many years a while back.

I don't think I'd ever take my dog in a Best Buy, if heaven forbid something startled him, or heck even if he just wagged his tail greeting someone, he'd be likely to knock over an LCD TV or something!


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