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Old 08-12-2012, 07:22 AM
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I was out browsing in a clothing store with Cohen a few weeks back. Cohen was being really well behaved, she'd stay out of people's way and listened really well. Quite a few people came up to her to pat her, and she tolerated it but couldn't care less for the attention. I had someone tell me that it was alright, they knew what it was like to have a shy dog.

Shy dog? Hell no. Just ambivalent.

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Old 08-12-2012, 08:12 AM
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Yea no, most people don't get to see the real Ivan. Out in public he wants to just go he hates sitting around. He is on a mission and wants to complete it. But is quite willing to meet new people provided HE gets to choose who it is. At home he wants no one here and is quite animated about it.

I had a guy one time tell me he wasn't much of a watch/guard dog. Then he didn't believe me when I told him, he is, so much so I know when someone shuts their car door. I also know when there is someone new at the neighbors house. Nothing gets by that dog.

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Old 08-12-2012, 08:29 AM
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Mine act the same pretty much. Eden is an attention *****, Kastle is aloof and will tolerate pets while staring at me and Limit is excited about life. They act the same at home LOL
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Old 08-12-2012, 09:41 AM
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Depends on the dog.

Kim -- Yes and no. She comes off to people as a total love who adores them. And she is social and does love being pet, so that's true, but the reality is she wants to be petted on her terms and to control the interaction. So she tells them exactly where to pet her, how long, etc. and with her position and eye prevents other dogs from usurping her new human kingdom. And so the new person (victim?) goes on scratching and scratching, blissfully believing that they are still the masters of their own will and wondering why their own dog is sitting 10 feet away looking sad.

Webster -- Again yes and no. He adores people but he adores food more. So when he meets a new person he climbs all up in their grill and cuddles them and basically makes them feel like a king. As he does so he's scoping out their hands and all their pockets and will if possible jump on their lap to scan nearby table surfaces and such. All while being sure to respond to their petting and voice so they don't notice his real goal. If they do have food he continues to be their New Best Friend. If not then he suddenly leaves them cold without so much as a by-your-leave and makes sweet love to the next least until they run out of food But he's not nearly as subtle as Kim and most dog people totally call him on it. The general public is a bit more vulnerable.

Mira is probably the most honest of the three. Because she will mostly just bounce around and look at me and ignore them. If she does end up interacting she'll lean in for a rub but usually while facing me so they feel like I'm getting credit for all their hard work. Which is probably true. She's sweet and a love but she doesn't really care who they are or that they are's not like she's barely tolerating them or anything as she does enjoy the pets and's just something to do until I do something that we can do together.

Most people prefer Kim's & Webster's lies to Mira's hard truth lol

All three reflect how they are at home...Kim's a naughty control freak who really does enjoy social interaction but enjoys ruling the universe more. Webster really is a wirey little guy who loves social interaction but loves food more than life. And Mira really is a high-energy goofball whose world revolves around her mum. The only real difference is that they tend to think Webster is the highest energy because he will spring around and walk on his hind legs and in general be a total nut (the dog who was a therapy dog...I swear he's a different dog around wheelchairs, walkers, and IVs). At home he's high energy but Mira is the highest. But since the girls come across as high energy too, I think, it's more a matter of degrees than true opposite impressions.

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Old 08-12-2012, 09:55 AM
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I think Cali does sometimes.. people usually get the idea of "oh my goodness! She's so sweet.. and just so people oriented!" or you can tell they're thinking "She's completely and totally crazy and untrained".

The lateral is the one that annoys me because Cali actually is quite well trained.. she knows quite a few tricks and does learn pretty quick. She just has a very outgoing personality and has a relatively short attention span and a one track mind. Put all those together while she sees new people, or even new dogs? She loses most focus on me and focuses on the dogs and people that she'd absolutely love to meet. It's really annoying.. but I'd much rather have a dog who loves everyone than absolutely hates everyone.

Moses? He comes off as really shy and very well-behaved, which he usually is. Although when we're at home, or just out on the lawn, he'll run right up to everyone (and has actually scared people.. even though he's the nicest, most tolerant dog around).

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Old 08-12-2012, 10:34 AM
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Originally Posted by Sekah View Post
I was out browsing in a clothing store with Cohen a few weeks back. Cohen was being really well behaved, she'd stay out of people's way and listened really well. Quite a few people came up to her to pat her, and she tolerated it but couldn't care less for the attention. I had someone tell me that it was alright, they knew what it was like to have a shy dog.

Shy dog? Hell no. Just ambivalent.
I get that ALL the time with Mia! 'Oh she's so shy!' No not really, she just has no use for you. Really, I've had a shy dog before and she's not shy.

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Old 08-12-2012, 12:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Laurelin View Post
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,

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.
I get the same backwards impression with Keeva vs. Macky in public, since Macky is much more OMG I LOVE YOU and much OMG THE PET STORE? YAY! THE CAR??? YAY!!! etc. Keeva's not interested in new people really, and doesn't get all worked up just because, but has tons of energy and drive, and is very bossy. My grandma (who once pitched a fit because Macky jumped on her as puppy, and doesn't really like dogs at all) told me how she wanted to take Keeva home because she was just soooo quiet and laid back - not like MACKY. I was like, "Umm, she's just not very excited by new people, but she's extremely energetic bordering on hyper and unbelievably loud on a day to day basis." She refused to believe me.

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Old 08-12-2012, 12:03 PM
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Pentti - Yes. He's a total lovebug who just wants pets, and he's also really polite. He can get a bit rambunctious around food/toys as he loves both, but he's that way at home as well. Training time = loud.

Bubbles - Sort of. She's also in to being pet, but she's a lot more calm in the outside world than in the house.

Kimma - Not really. She's well trained, but not well behaved. So in public we get complimented a lot, but she's generally a nutcase at home LOL. However if we are out long enough (or if I'm stopped talking to someone while we were walking) she might let out a bark or two - then people who may have been asking a thousand questions about the breed are suddenly turned off to them hahaha. She's also more aloof than the other two, but once she knows you she's all about. And guests in my house are greeted with leg weaves and her rubbing herself all over them like a cat LOL.

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Old 08-12-2012, 12:04 PM
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Chloe goes bonkers in public and people always ask me "How can you live with that!?" They don't believe me when I say she just lays around and sleeps at home.
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Old 08-12-2012, 12:09 PM
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I've had a few "Oh my gosh, what kind of dog is that?! A cattle dog? I gotta get one for my kids!"
Kailey is a huge marshmallow and decently behaved when we go out. I think most average families could handle owning a Kailey clone as long as they did a bit of reading on positive reinforcement, socialized well, and had a place to let her run.
But any cattle dog? Please, no!
I guess that's more "does your dog give off the right impression of their breed", though.
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