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Is this likely just a puppy thing?

Discussion in 'Sheltie Chat' started by GlennR, Apr 17, 2019.

  1. GlennR

    GlennR Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2019
    Ontario, Canada
    Willow loves meeting strangers on her walks. She wags with all her heart and all of her body and can get quite frantic. She'll sit if commanded but what she really wants is contact and she'll break her sit at any encouragement from her "admirers". LOL For those that pay her no attention and simply walk on, she'll simply keep her sit until released but if they express any interest in her, she wants to go to them.

    Is this something she'll likely outgrow? She's just a few days away from six months old. I thought Shelties were supposed to be reserved but it seems no one told Willow about that. :)
  2. Cindy

    Cindy Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    San Francisco Bay Area, CA
    Gavin is like that with dogs...he did get better with age but he is still very interested in them. He is also disappointed if they don't want to say hi to him:(
  3. Margi

    Margi Forums Enthusiast

    Nov 2, 2012
    Corona, AZ
    Fillion never got the memo either. After living with two dogs who were scared of everyone for over 10 years, I was thrilled he wanted to meet and greet all passers by. At least Willow doesn't do the bucking bronco routine (although it is kinda cute and most people find it adorable) which I should have trained out of him. But I didn't, so bad me. He doesn't do it so much now at 6. But still wants to say HI to all.
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  4. Sandy in CT

    Sandy in CT Premium Member

    Aug 5, 2018
    You are way ahead of us if she is sitting and waiting for release!

    Brodie is both ways. At times he goes right up to people, all wiggles and kisses and excitement. And then there are other people who desperately want to meet him and he backs away and won't let them touch him. No rhyme or reason to it. This past Sunday, met two ladies. Both wanted to meet him, one asked, we gave permission. Brodie ran up to the other woman, covered her in kisses. The woman who initially asked and was dying for some attention from him, he wouldn't let her lay a hand on him.
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  5. GlennR

    GlennR Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2019
    Ontario, Canada
    Well, I suppose we would be if that release was just from me but it's not. If someone expresses interest she leaves the sit in the blink of an eye. If they don't show any interest in her, she'll wait for me to release her.
  6. Calliesmom

    Calliesmom Moderator

    Mar 29, 2008
    near Mobile, AL
    Jocu loves to meet people and dogs- the others are more sheltie and don't want to meet everyone- just some of the people we run into.
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  7. Sharon7

    Sharon7 Premium Member

    Oct 31, 2009
    Southern California
    None of mine have been like that, but Eli is just a bit more outgoing. He does gently approach everyone while out on our off leash walks. Most people are thrilled, well he's so darn cute and he's not rushing them. He will allow almost anyone to pet him if they go slow. He LOVES babies in stroller. I think because of the breeder's grandchild.

    My other two will slowly approach certain people, especially if they have treats.
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  8. Calliesmom

    Calliesmom Moderator

    Mar 29, 2008
    near Mobile, AL
    oh yeah- if there's food involved, all of mine will think that you are their bestest friend:yes:
  9. Caro

    Caro Moderator

    Jan 14, 2009
    Canberra, Australia
    Young dogs can be over-exuberant, but generally a nice dog will always like people as we evolved them to respond to humans. And lets face it, Shelties are so beautiful they make people smile and go 'oooh', it's hard to teach them some people don't like them!

    As for being reserved, that doesn't mean timid. It just means they don't act like a Lab and bounce on everyone, a good sheepdog will be aware of it's surroundings (in case a fox comes for the flock) rather than immersed in it like some other breeds. Although it is still often resulting in timidity, but it's being bred out over here, many Shelties now show more confidence. Also I do think it helps to socialise, socialise, socialise.
  10. Piper's mom

    Piper's mom Forums Enthusiast

    Jun 26, 2015
    Winnipeg Mb
    My boys will still get all excited about meeting people, especially Piper. Now what I do with Finnie is I work him on the public sidewalk doing sit stays (on leash) and I'm 6 feet away (but not in front of him). As people approach I keep saying stay...stay...stay, that way people know we're training and he gets used to doing a sit stay with people approaching him (and he's pretty much on his own) and helps him gain confidence.
    They do get better as they get older (attention span of a puppy is very short lol).
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