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Old 01-26-2006, 04:54 AM
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A while ago, I opened a post asking what my dog was as I thought I brought a field-bread springer.

Anyway, It now attends a puppy training class for 1 hour aweek. It's not really puppy training but handler training.

Anyway, I asked the trainer what type of dog she though Rosie was, and like many others on here said a pointer. She doesn't bounce around like my sister springer does but is very active.

One item the trainer picked up about my dog was, my dog doesn't go to strangers. If a stranger comes over she goes behind my legs and stares. After a while the dog will grow quietly if the stranger goes to touch her.

The trainer told me this is common in pointers (german short haired and english pointers). I was told that I should not let anyone touch her what so ever.

She says the dog hides behind me for protection. If I still allow the person to touch her, the dog thinks I am not protecting her and will then move on to protecting herself.

It was funny on the first day of class. The trainer asked me to go up to her with the dog to see if it can sit in front of everyone. The dog came but as soon as we got to the trainer it stop and just looked at her. Everyone laughed.

However, if I say to the stranger leave her alone, she will soon come out and greet the stranger on her own accord.

She greets everyone at puppy class now as she’s been 3 times.

Is this really normal for a pointer?. Should I be worried?. I like the fact that if she is off the lead she will come back with out calling if someone is walking by.

I also took Rosie out last night, and to play ball. Any strange noise the dog stops dead and points towards the noise and sniffs the air. When the noise stops she carries on. One example is,, a someone shut a car door in the distance. She heard it and froze in a point position.


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Old 01-26-2006, 01:11 PM
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Do you have any pictures? That's the best way to tell.

I do disagree with what the trainer said about never allowing anyone to touch her. Maybe not while she's hiding behind your legs, but you do have to get her used to being handled, otherwise it's going to be a nightmare when you go to the vet. Oh, I just re-read part of your post...well, if she's coming out on her own, maybe try and speed up that process by giving the stranger a treat to give her when she does come over.
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Old 01-26-2006, 01:34 PM
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aarrrrrgh on your trainer soorrrry but i have had both German shorthair and i now have an english pointer..see is a litle video of Victor and how he responds to everyone and everybody. did my gs pointer and his offspring. I have seen a great deal of pointers and have never met one that hid or was shy from my approach and that is at three different kennels. where in the world DO THES TRAINERS come up with this friend had an overly aggressive puppy. She bought a lot of snacks and got anyone she could to stop and visit her puppy giving a treat..the dog is now a fine and social creature. IF she had forbid anyone to approach Fergi would be the terror of the North American world! arrrgh again
btw video takes a couple minutes just minimize and it will come on eventually..Victor loves everyone at the dog park..has a nice wag for 2 and 4 leggers

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Old 01-26-2006, 02:23 PM
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Looking at the picture in your avatar, I think that is a springer. The coloring, head shape, etc., is right. Unlike show and pet dogs, field bred dogs are not heavily coated. Maybe that's why the trainer is confused.

I would look into a new trainer. This one doesn't seem to be very knowledgeable. I agree with Zoom. What you should be doing is letting the stranger quietly approach the pup, then offer tasty tidbits and try to get the puppy to come to them. That way, your pup associates stranger with nice things.
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