Every time we go out for a walk it seems some person wants to pet the big fluffy white shepherd. Most the times it goes down great, I put Gandalf in his sit Stay position on my left and then once I've said yes you may pet my dog I release him and they meet. Gandalf loves everyone, especially kids. He's a big hit at the garden store and most the little kids run up to give him a hug. All great. Except for those idiots who ask to pet my dog and they are scared. I had a guy walk up today and do just that, put G in his sit stay by my side, I greeted the guy and after permission allowed G to say hello. Super typical greeting for Gandalf, all 4 paws on the ground he doesn't jump, he just stepped forward to smell the guy and was wagging his tail ferociously! The guy FLIPPED out, grabbed Gandalfs head with both his hands and twisted his neck! Dude.. what are you even trying to do to my dog.. guy panicks out of there even more afraid. What's with these people? Why do you want to pet something if you're afraid of it? It drives me NUTS! Im not really sure what to do better, call them out on their bluff before they pet my dog? And don't allow it? Gandalf still gets a kick out of it but I don't really want someone man handling my dog like that.