my question is - do you let strangers pet your dog? i use to in the past let people pet my GSD Zara, she loved getting attention from children however as she became mature she became more aloof with strangers outside and wasn't that bothered with getting petted, she didn't seem to enjoy it unless it was kids - she lived to give them kisses. so whenever a kid asked to pet her i would say yes. however one day i was walking her down the street and 2 boys asked to pet her, i said yes. they put out their hand to pet her, but then they pulled it away and started screaming and ran away! ut: luckily enough Zara never reacted - so ever since then i dont let anybody i dont know touch her - what if she had reacted to stupidity - she would be in trouble. as a result she is even more aloof with strangers and she basically ignored them. she loves getting attention from welcomes visitors who are nice to her though! I think some people think i am being ignorant if they ask to pet her and i say no.