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post #1 of 66 (permalink) Old 06-11-2013, 05:27 PM Thread Starter
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Solution to Strangers Trying to Pet My Bite-Trained GSD

Zeus is in bite-training with an instructor and he's become a bit suspicious about people who directly approach him. The worst are the neighbors who saw him when he was a delightful puppy and think he's still that innocent and approachable. He's NOT!

I'm tired of trying to convince people that it's dangerous to approach the dog and being ignored. Zeus growled at a woman and her daughter who approached him today. I can't take the chance he might snap at someone.

So, here's my solution...the text on the front and back are the same but there's a graphic on the front of a GSD. The text reads:

DO NOT APPROACH DOG!!!

PROTECTION TRAINED!!!

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post #2 of 66 (permalink) Old 06-11-2013, 05:32 PM
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Assuming people read... But most don't.

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I guess I can just...

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Assuming people read... But most don't.
...point at the text and commandingly make the demand, "READ THIS".

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Sounds like you're raising an excellent ambassador of the breed...a dog that would bite a perfectly harmless mom and daughter.

Protection should only be when necessary...not to keep a 10 foot radius around you at all times because your dog will bite everything in its path.
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I think a harness on him that says do not touch or similar would be a better idea and are widely available online if you don't want to make your own or need an idea. Most people are probably to busy looking at your dog to read what is on your shirt.

I have never had a problem with just saying don't touch the dog and stepping between the dog and the person the same way I would if I was blocking my dog from a loose dog. You just need to get a little rude

I do this with my puppies and strangers all the time and I have never been unsuccessful with making it understood that they are not to touch my puppy and I assume puppies are much harder to resist.
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Hehe. You could.

Or you could just raise your eyebrows at the people and sternly say "He's NOT friendly."

Might not do much for the breed's reputation, lol, but I bet it would be pretty effective.

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While I do agree people should not just walk up and pet any dog without asking but I don't understand why your dog is growling at people or deciding who is a threat. That is your job.

Am I to understand that if I start doing bite work with my dog he will exhibit mistrust and anxiety in all people around him?

Police dogs do not walk around growling at people.

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I think that you should get a muzzle for him.
If he growled at a kid and a mom who were harmless that's a little dangerous. People 99% of the time won't approach a dog with a muzzle either


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Hmmm...

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Sounds like you're raising an excellent ambassador of the breed...a dog that would bite a perfectly harmless mom and daughter.

Protection should only be when necessary...not to keep a 10 foot radius around you at all times because your dog will bite everything in its path.
Hyperbole.

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I hope you have very good insurance because this is an accident waiting to happen...and that is definitely not hyperbole.

I don't know what kind of training your dog is getting but if he is growling at people who are not a threat then he shouldn't be getting that kind of training. A clear-headed, confident gsd will naturally protect her/his people when a threat is present. If your dog is perceiving all people as a potential threat then he is neither clear-headed nor confident. If this were so then working police and border patrol dogs would be unsafe around the general public.

It doesn't matter what type of clothing you wear or sign you put on him. If he bites someone, you will be held liable.

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