How to "Say Hi"
Ok, I would like to see if anyone else has had to teach their GSD to Greet People, i.e. to "Say Hi" to strangers.
many GSD's that I see are not too good at this (of course I rrealize that many are good as were most of my previous ones)
My 5yo male GSD is USUALLY very good at this but not always, if someone stares at him or acts like they are leery/afraid of him or esp. if they stick their hand out toward him, he has been known to react with barking and lunging.
What i would like to do is teach him a command "SAY HI" that he would then perhaps sit and accept a pet or two w/o reacting if they don't act like an experienced dog person would (ignore him and/or offer a back of the hand).
So, one, is this possible based on your experience with sometimes a little reactive dog and two, what is the best way to go about it?
Now remember, with my dog, the vast majority of times he is fine with people and only very occassionally will decide there is something a little off (in his doggy mind) with someone and will react.
I would like to teach him to be a lot more bullet proof (if it is possible?).