- Thank you for clarifying
I know; sometimes it's hard to make a point through the written word. I do understand what you mean now - that either they're friendly and predictable around people, or they're not. I like your comment about your response when asked if they can pet your dog.
Nobody has ever actually asked me if they can pet or not, they just do LOL. It always goes well, but perhaps I should keep a watch on my pups' behavior and tell people not to pet if mine seem unpredictable.
Thank you for responding!
Glad I could clear it up. Saying no was strange and alien to me??? My Boxer thought, that "people were the next best thing to baked bread!" And she luv'd company as she (felt) anyone that came over was there to see her!
Struddell, my American Band Dawg, my assorted Bullies and even my temporary (Breed that shall not be mentioned) fresh off the street rescue, all luv'd people! Those were "100" people in 100 days dogs ... that would be no big deal for any of them. But not every dog or puppy is like that and if one tries, to cram the wrong dog/puppy into that mold ... one is likely to encounter "issues???"
Rocky did a deep rumbling growl the first time we had company over, and my blood ran cold??? He never moved but he kept his eyes locked on everyone. I stayed next to him that evening, and kept company out of his face. It was a pretty startling change of pace??? But we worked on his people issues.. We went on walks to "find" people to "ignore." I respected his choice and kept people out of his face and he learned to look to me as I showed him, what I wanted and how I "expected" him to behave around people.
Which in only a few words was "do nothing dog ie don't act like a tool around people!" He got that and it worked out fine! He was "pettable" but "asking first was strictly enforced." Worked out fine. He never bit a stranger and made a pretty good choice with the unexpected appearance of a toddler in an out site "Place" situation, ie "Crap Happens???" And the best preparation for the unexpected, is a well trained dog. Nuther story.