Do your dogs give off the right impression?

Discussion in 'Dogs - General Dog Chat' started by Laurelin, Aug 11, 2012.

  1. Laurelin

    Laurelin I'm All Ears

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    If you're in public and someone is meeting your dog for the first time, do they get a good feel for them?

    Why i'm asking is because my two come off totally backwards when people meet them at first. Summer is so outgoing that she's usually bouncing all over the place, tail going 100 mph, grinning and spinning, going through her tricks, etc. Mia just stands there and ignores people, :lol-sign:

    I get sooo many comments about how Mia is SO much calmer than Summer and I want to laugh. I was at petsmart today and the girl that was working the register actually said 'Wow this one got all the personality, didn't she?' No one ever buys that it's actually Mia that is more active. They always think she's a calm, meek little thing and that Summer is the most active dog ever. At home, Summer is lazy as can be and Mia is the one that can hardly sit still.
     
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    MandyPug Sport Model Pug

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    Izzie typically is very sweet and lovey. This causes some people to not believe me when i say she's a great agility dog.
     
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    Red.Apricot Active Member

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    "Wow, she's so calm and well-behaved! I want a dog like that! She must be great in the house. Is she done being trained then?"

    All. the. time.

    False.
     
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    yoko New Member

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    If by the right impressions you mean:

    "Do you love me? I love you! I just met you this second but I love you so you have to love me right?? RIGHT??"

    Then yes.

    The first thing most people say when they first meet Yoshi is 'she's so happy!'.
     
  5. JessLough

    JessLough Love My Mutt

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    Roseys a snob to people. So no :p
     
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    AdrianneIsabel Glutton for Crazy

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    Not at all. I mean, Meg kind of does. She's insanely sweet and soft and polite when she meets people out in public. She makes everyone feel like they are her favorite person.

    Gusto treats people like they are the dirt on the bottom of his foot. He won't even look at them. He'll stand and tolerate being pet or something, but - it's like he doesn't even feel it. He'll move away in the middle if something else distracts him.

    At home, he is such a huge snuggle bug with everybody. If you come into our house, he will be on your lap or head in seconds. He adores the world. And he Never. Stops. Moving.
     
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    Squash and Maisy are pretty wysiwyg.

    Pip, though... because he can be a bit shy of and serious around strangers, a lot of people don't realize how cuddly and sweet he is and how silly he can be with people he knows.
     
  9. JessLough

    JessLough Love My Mutt

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    That right there is Rosey.

    Allie has only known Rosey for... What, 8 years now? When we went on our hike, come the end of it she acknowledged allies presence... When she had treats out. Other than that, to Rosey it was like it was me, her and an annoying dog following her.
     
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    I was at PetSmart once with both boys and Auggie was being a people ***** as usual, and Payton was meanwhile checking out all the stuff on the shelves with his back to the employee who was loving on Auggie. The employee said, of Payton, "This one's the shy one, huh?" I just started laughing. No, he's not shy, but the shelves smell of a million different dogs, and YOU sir have no cookies... so the shelves of a million smells are winning! Sorry, but that's just how it is. Maybe you should be more interesting LOL. Or maybe not, because I don't think you REALLY want Payton's full interest in something unleashed on you...

    People do tend to think my dogs are very calm because they are well trained and generally behave well in public. Calm definitely isn't the word... "good dog" is.
     
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    Ummm, hard to say. I mean sort of yes and sort of no.

    He's a lot more shy in public and way more laid back. If we're walking through petsmart, he'll just lay down while I'm looking at something. People probably think he's lazy or not an active dog.

    But in general, he still puts off that "wise" sense about him and just very sweet.
     
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    Laurelin I'm All Ears

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    Your two sound exactly like mine! You could really just stick Summer in for Meg and Mia in for Gusto. Except I bet Meg is a little more dignified when she meets people. Summer is polite until someone starts talking to her, in which case she's pretty sure she's made a new best friend and must love all over them and show them all her tricks.
     
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    Mammoth doesn't like anyone that isn't me. And if you've been labeled Not Emmy, you should expect to be subjected to his complete lack of attention and/or an occasional expression of unhappiness if you decide for whatever reason that you need to have physical contact with him. With me, he is an absolutely wonderful, loving, SOFT dog, but people are understandably skittish of him.

    Liberty basically goes out of his way to ignore everyone, treats or not. But that's in keeping with his personality. Honey Badger doesn't give a...well....

    Bailey is polite, ranging from relaxed and happy to see new people to aloof depending on the day. Thereafter, he checks to see how hard he can lean on you before knocking you over.
     
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    Juno, not at all. In public she doesn't let anyone get near her and is afraid of everything. She basically comes across as this poor, sad dog that everyone feels sorry for. At home or in most situations where she is not so "trapped" however, she is the craziest goofball and is all OMG I LOVE LIFE.

    Lucy is pretty much always in true form. Shy, quiet, mellow, sometimes a bit snarky.
     
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    Bahamutt99 Dafuq?

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    Lol! Terra is very people-friendly but she jumps up sometimes. Most people dont mind that, but I was mortified when she glomped some guy with his expensive camera around his neck. Loki is always in her behavior, but she has a "tick" where she wrinkles up her lips when someone sticks their hands out at her. It's never aggressive, but some people pull back. It all depends on how they approach her.
     
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    Hmm...the only one that isn't the same at home or out and about is Skye. Skye is a crazy girl here, and very reserved when we are out. She's VERY quiet and doesn't usually offer herself to people. If you come in the house though she gallivants around and maybe excitement barks at you.

    Romeo is just...a food/man *****. He knows the people in stores usually have cookies for him, so anytime we approach someone he sits at their feet, looks up at them and wags his tail like 'Cookie??!?!'. They tend to love that he's expecting it..
     
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    Keena is social & friendly regardless of where we are... Daisy is actually much more outgoing in public (indoors she is very shy of new people)... Liz is about the same, but a bit more polite away from home.

    Rage is polite, well-behaved, socially acceptable and COMPLETELY SAFE in public. She is an anxious crazy person at home who will not hesitate to lunge at strange men in the house :/
     
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    Not at all, either of them.

    Buster just flat out ignores people but to people he knows, at home he is gentle and cuddly and loving and a complete mummas boy.

    Quinn is totally dependant on how comfortabel she feels, when she's nervous she's super timid, when she's comfortable in a strange environment she's reserved but super well behaved, when she's around people she knows she's totally herself, with her arms wrapped around their neck and a stupid smile on her face.
     
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    Dizzy Sit! Good dog.

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    Depends where they meet her.

    Outdoors - no hope, she's not interested in you. She just wants to run, chase the ball, swim, climb.. generally be outdoorsy. People tend to think she's fit and young and very active. They LOVE that she is an obsessive ball freak, and will bring the toy back EVERY SINGLE TIME. Then they get worried because she won't leave them alone, and the toy is placed at their feet every time and they just want to leave......

    Indoors - She's a massive baby and just want teh lurrrrrve. They love her because she just wants to snuggle them, and smush them and generally be soggy and smushy... and she's pretty indiscriminate.. unless you're a small child. She fecking HATES small children. They freak her out.

    So indoors people think she's a sap, outdoors she's hardcore... but she's both :)
     
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    Luce and Mushroom pretty much do these days, and the puppy is just a tornado in all aspects of his life, but Steve? Not remotely. He is either barking his head off because there's a stranger, or he's this mushy pile of romantic goo. At home, he has no time for romantic goo. How comes *I* don't ever get the sweet sweet love and gentle kisses?
     

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