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Still at our wits' end over our dog's nervousness when meeting people. Have asked at the vets for some advice, and a dog training class was suggested. What does anyone think about this idea? She is not nervous of other dogs - just people. She goes all over the place with us, and encounters lots of people, so it's not due to lack of familiarity. She is not a rescue dog and has not been badly treated - in fact we love her to death!!
 

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Do you let her meet people in her own time? My own dog is really aloof with strangers and prefers to ignore and be ignored....if the person really wants to meet him I ask them to just ignore him; he'll then approach in his own time if he wants to and decide that they are OK to give fusses or just have a sniff and go back to ignoring them. It can take him several months of seeing the same person to decide that he really likes them....but then once he does he LOVES them. No middle ground!!

What he HATES is people approaching directly, head-on, lots of eye contact, hands stretched out to rub his head. I wouldn't like it either so I get him to sit and stop the person from approaching. I have had a fair few mouthfuls from folk who see it as 'their right' to grab any dog that they like the look of, but it's better than Kilo learning that I won't stop them from crowding him on lead.

Kilo is well -socialised and I have had him since a pup (he even came to work with me) - the aloofness with strangers is a breed trait though and to be expected so I don't expect him to like strangers but do expect him to be neutral towards them if they do slip past me and maul him :rolleyes:.
 

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It may help her, as long as the trainer understands her issues . Some dog training centres do more than just the usual obedience stuff..in ours there has been the odd workshop ( nervous nellies) for dogs that are nervous towards people , I am hoping to get Chester on it next time its running ...
 
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