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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 06-20-2012, 04:38 PM Thread Starter
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Was this a good thing or a bad thing?

Sib and I were in Home Depot the other day and one of the employees there comes up and comments on how pretty Sib is and sez he used to breed, raise and show GSD's. (There's ALWAYS one!) Anyhow,Sib was standing as he walked around her and checked her out..Sib is very friendly and just kinda turned with the guy..But then the guy squats down right in front of her and looks her straight in the eyes and she barked at him and backed up in between my legs..She did not lunge forward but it seemed like she was saying this is my space--The guys sezs oh that was exactly what she should have done..I should not have got down to her level and looked her square in the eyes.. Is this true or was Sib bad?

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That's so true..you don't do that to a dog that doesn't fully know and trust you.
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That was stupid of him. My dog might have gone forward instead of back if he was staring her in the eye. Sib was NOT bad. She responded with flight over fight when he purposely invaded her space and challenged her by staring her in the eye.




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Sib sounded a bit nervous and overwhelmed - true he should not have done that but think a kid would be right there so it is good to socialize to folks in strange positions. How old is she?

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She is 2 1/2--She is Never aggressive towards anyone--though does bark at the guy walking his dog in the morning--She really is a good dog...I have had children come up to us and ask to pet her and i have her sit first and she is fine--actually she could take it or leave it, but is never disturbed by it

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Sib sounded a bit nervous and overwhelmed - true he should not have done that but think a kid would be right there so it is good to socialize to folks in strange positions. How old is she?

That is true, and I'm sure not all dogs are like this, but Jax has a different reaction when it's a kid. She kicks down a gear and is very gentle.

How does Sib react to kids? Has she been around many?




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sib is around my grandsons but only once a year--Again, she could take them or leave them..She is a mommas girl and doesn't ever go far from me..My youngest grandson is autistic and therefore a little over ampt'd but Sib does not seem effected by it..

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He used to breed, raise and show dogs and he does that.


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He challenged her and he was lucky she didn't lunge and bite him. What a doofus

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I watched a vet tech interact with my husky and she always looked away. I don't think you're supposed to look a dog in the eyes if you do not know the dog very well. I read somewhere (if you want I can find the reference for you?) that in the K9 world, looking away (or not looking a dog in eyes) is a gesture of being non threatening...your dog reacted fairly naturally...
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