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Old 06-25-2013, 12:37 PM
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Summer has this thing now that if we run she's engaged but when we try to go put her in a crate she jumps in someone's lap. We've done all sorts of distraction work and Summers only distraction was people sitting on the ground. Balls and toys? Loud noises? People being weird and dancing? Totally cool but omg that person sitting is probably my new best friend. [B]The other dogs drink tell had more issues with toys and noises. [\b]

Mia is definitely a little fearful vs truly aloof. But she's perfectly fine in close proximity to people and dogs as long as they don't try to interact with her.
I'm pretty sure that was supposed to say definitely. Should not phone post.
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Old 06-25-2013, 01:03 PM
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Both work for me, as long as friendly doesn't mean pulling at the leash to meet new people. Somewhere in between is best. Roman won't give strangers the time of day, which makes me feel badly sometimes.
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Old 06-25-2013, 01:08 PM
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Now, I say she's my practical ideal because to be honest as annoying as Traveler's intense love for people can be when I need him to focus on me it still makes me happy.

I absolutely love watching him work a crowd, it makes my heart happy.
Yes, this is how I feel about Squash as well. I don't exactly like it and it's kind of annoying, but his joy is so infectious that it ends up making me grin like an idiot.
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Old 06-25-2013, 01:16 PM
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I prefer an aloof dog. Not a dog that is afraid of people or aggressive but just shows polite disinterested.

Piper and Sophie- They have issues with people that we are working on.

Damon- Loves people. He thinks everyone should be his best friend.

Max- Loves everyone. He wants to meet everyone he sees. He will sit in front of them and just shake all over from excitement.

Jasper- He is perfect in my eyes. He will stay with me and show no interest in meeting other people. If someone comes up to us and wants to pet him he will polity sit and let them. While he would rather strangers not touch him he puts up with it nicely.
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Old 06-25-2013, 01:21 PM
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Frodo is the dog who WANTS attention and WANTS to go up to people and say hi, but then when he actually is receiving attention he gets worried about it. I don't ever want that again.


I love Siri's view on people, which is mostly just meh. She doesn't like being picked up, but if someone she doesn't know manages to pick her up, she just gets sad ears and waits to be put down. She's not reactive, she doesn't use teeth, but she's also not loving the moment. But if she knows you, SHE LOVES YOU!!! OMG!!!
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Old 06-25-2013, 01:23 PM
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I like friendly dogs. Which is one reason I chose the breed I did, although Pirate is actually my only Stafford who has the typical out-going personality. And he's still not as "fling yourself at everybody" as some, though he's always happy to meet people. Pretty much my ideal.

Tess is mostly uninterested in people, though she will show some interest in people who make an effort with her. Basically, if they crouch down and pet and talk to her, she'll be a bit friendly. She's entirely shameless about staring at people with food and telling them she's starving, though. It's really rude, because all she wants is their food, and she doesn't mind using her adorableness to get it.

I'm okay with her being like that (Tully was pretty much the same way), I'd consider it still within the acceptable spectrum for the breed. She's not wary of people at all, just not that interested. I actually think some of this is because I spend so much time with my dogs, training etc, so they don't feel as much need to find more humans as some Staffords do.
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Old 06-25-2013, 01:23 PM
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I prefer an aloof/neutral dog but I don't mind a friendly one, either.

Trent is... bipolar. In most situations he is completely disinterested in meeting other people, if they pet him he won't even acknowledge their presence, and the most he gives them is a cursory sniff before forgetting their existence. But other times, it's "ERMAHGAHD PEOPLE!!" and he tries to drown them in kisses. He gets progressively (and obnoxiously) friendlier as the stranger in question gets closer to eye level. I'm pretty sure this is part of the reason why he just goes crazy over all children. He LOVES children.
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Old 06-25-2013, 01:24 PM
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I prefer polite aloof. I like a dog that is just not interested in people outside that household at all. Not shy, not fearful, not aggressive just truly not interested.

This I mostly bc I am truly not interested in strangers and I'm also truly not interested in talking to them. If you have a friendly dog who just wants to get pet, it's much harder to politely disengage and not talk to people(especially if you are waiting in line for something). If you have a shy/fearful dog they try to give you advice and/or tell you 900 million rescue dog stories. If you have a dog that just doesn't care the conversation ceases pretty quickly.
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Old 06-25-2013, 01:56 PM
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I like a dog who's more handler focused and not so overly friendly with strangers, but would tolerate pets from people and not freak out.

Abby she used to be "that dog" who was into every single person we passed on the street. Now she's definitely more reserved and only certain people she will go say hi to just really depends on her mood. Also lately she's started wanting to say hi to people and will go up all wiggles and kisses then when they start petting her she gets nervous and wants to be left alone. So now I just tend to tell people they can't pet her/leave her alone etc

Bo he's fearful of people(until he gets to know you then he'll drown you with boxer wiggles and kisses), but I don't much mind because due to his appearance most people leave us alone which I like. I'm not a people person and don't much care for people touching my dogs in the first place...

Twister he's also more reserved around people and can be fearful/nervous in certain situations(unless he's in the presence of one of the other dogs then he turns into mister not so scaredy cat)...

And Karma oh my... That dog just has to say hi to every single person she sees... She's like "ZOMG people pets me!!!!"
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Old 06-25-2013, 02:31 PM
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I prefer polite aloof, that is pretty much Teagan when it comes to strangers. She really could care less about you, but she will allow strangers to pet her, but when it comes to people she knows she gets pretty happy and wants their attention, but she is polite about it. And she seems to be more accepting of men than woman, which I find really odd.

Mitsu was all OMG People, YAY!! I want them all to love ME!!! Drove me freaking crazy, but she was also a bully breed so it was to be expected.

I also don't really like coming across super friendly dogs than want to drown me in kisses and become my best friend. It really annoys me for some reason. I want a dog to respect my space. I like a dog to ask for my attention politely, unfortunately I can't control that when coming across strange dogs.

I am hoping Pup, Pup is aloof polite and has not stranger sensitivities as he gets older. Socializing him to strangers is going to be a big one for me.
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