Ive wanted to write this post for a while now but with the holydays and some personal stuff going on, well, lets just say this is an overdue post
When asked about a good PPD, some of the words that will pop to our minds are: Bold, brave, fearless, big, fast, intimidating, etc. One word that usually doesnt show up is ''friendly''
Ive seen more than a few ''PPDs'' trained in such way that no human, friend or foe, can be near them without the dog getting ready to ''work''. Most of the time the handler will proudly brag about the intensity of his dog, claiming how great his PPD is. When asked how he or she handles the dog while having visits at home, the universal response is ''segregation''.
Locking or hidding the dog misses the whole purpose of a PPD by miles. Am aware that such dogs have their uses as ''Sentry Guard Dogs'' but thats a whole diferent job. Claiming that your dog is the sh*t because he is unaproachable is just dumb IMO but I digress...
How much interaccion should you allow between your dog and another person?
This is a question I've heard many times, and the answer is always the same: It depends on your lifestyle.
If you are a social person who has at least 1 visit per week and lives in a heavily populated area, an ''unaproachable'' PPD is not the right dog for you. If you live in a cabin in the woods and seldomly gets to interact with another human being, well then have at it =)
Here some basic points I like to work with my dogs:
1.- Kids, this is a must for me, the dog should be at least neutral to small children
2.- Basic interacction with strangers, Shaking hands, exchanging words, even some laughs should be well tolerated by the PPD
3.- Dog agression shouldnt be allowed to escalate above some barking (if that)
4.- Car manners, strangers aproaching the car or as passengers should be observed but never reacting without provocation.
5.- While the dog should not allow a stranger to ''handle'' him, I do believe in teaching the dog that light petting isnt reason for a bite. Answering mi own title: Yes you can touch my dog, just be gentle
''A dog who hast to be locked when other people is arround, will not be arround to help you when you need him the most''
I think am quoting Koehler but am not sure