I've had my pup since he was 7 1/2 weeks. He's always been a confident, friendly dog. I was even suspicious that he was a golden retriever stuck in a GSD body.
First things first, your pup WILL get big, 65lb at the minimum (generally). Right now, people and dogs might find him 'cute' but it won't last long, in a few weeks he'll look like a big, GSD dog. Hate to say it but GSDs are one of the breeds that are stigmatised just because the LOOK like that. So, please practice early on that he has to SIT and stay whenever he wants to say hi to other dogs or people. I went through a period where my dog wasn't allowed to say hi to other dogs, UNLESS he sits and waits for the other dog to come and greet him. It's been working well till now.
About the friendliness, like I said I thought he was a golden retriever at heart. And then slowly, he started being this protector/guardian to me. There were more than several occassions where my dog 'picked up' that I was in distress. One example was when the 2 of us were in a car, at a fast food drive in. My dog was sleeping on the back of the car. When suddenly the car in front of me started going back and forth and almost hit my car so I honked and shouted 'Where the heck are you going?!' and the man started yelling and yelling at me. My dog literally got up, puts his face through the window and started barking and barking at the person in the other car (he was still yelling at me as he was moving back and forth). Until finally the man managed to get out of the drive in, came across my car and said 'stupid dog' to my face. And after he left, my dog literally went back to sleep. I laughed big time I praised and praised and praised and praised. Did I train him to bark/alarm me like that? Not really. It was just him. Almost everytime when it's the night time and someone approaches me (like the security or neighbour) he will bark at them, but if I tell him 'She's okay' with a 'stop' hand gesture, he will immediately relax and sit down. And will let the person pet him if the person asks me. Honestly, walking at night with my dog is a lot safer than with a gun!
DON'T WORRY. Your dog is a GSD and their dog intuition WILL kick in as he spends more time with you. You are his person. Do him good and he will be your protector for as long as he lives.
From my experience; Now that he is pushing 90lb at 17 months, I have come across people, especially those with small dogs, who deliberately try to avoid my dog saying hi to them. They other pick their dog up or just turn the other way. And that's ok, makes your job easier. Just make sure he knows that he needs your permission whenever he wants to greet people/dogs.
Last edited by dogma13; 12-10-2018 at 09:04 PM.
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