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I had Gideon at a park the other day and as we got out of the truck there was a lady standing with her back to us. As Gideon came up to the front of the truck - behind me - he saw the lady. His hackles went up and he gave a low growl and a quiet bark. I told him "no, it's ok" and walked him up alongside - at a distance. The lady turned and we engaged in conversation and, as she turned her attention to him, Gideon suddenly became his normal, excited, friendly self and there were no problems.

Was it the fact he could not identify the person standing there? He's in a somewhat skittish stage - but not overly so. I just thought his reaction was out of character.

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I think he just got startled coming around the truck and wasn't expecting anyone to be there.  I'm glad he made friends.

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I think he was just unsure of the situation.  Whenever my neighbor comes down the path through the trees, Kaiser barks until he realizes it is him.  He barks every time and hackles up, then as soon as recognizes him he is all wiggles.   I don't know if its the woods and he can't be 100% sure it is Phil.   Maybe being close to the truck, he felt closed in.

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If he's used to meeting people face to face, then something as simple as walking up to the back of someone might have made him unsure of the situation.  When Ziva was younger, she would get that way if my son would walk into the house with a hat on, because he normally doesnt wear one, and it caught her off guard. Dobermans are extremely observant about things that you dont even realize they notice. 

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Today he alerted as soon as we pulled into the driveway, and had the same reaction as we went onto the field, only this time it was the trainer and he was facing him. His hackles were up for a few seconds, but he still approached and once he sniffed the trainer he remembered him and became playful. I think it's just a matter of having to get used to the new environment and new people. I took him to Petco after training though and he did fine with everyone - different type of interaction, I guess.

I'll just step up his socialization off-field...and make sure the training field is fun for him.

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Rocky doesn't completely love when your face is hidden.  We spent  the day with friend at the MX park all day long and as we were packing up to go after swimming my friend daughter put on a sweatshirt to keep warm and pulled the hood up over her head and way down over her face.  He almost immediately began barking at her.   As soon as she got close enough to pass the sniff test all was good but it's their way of showing they don't like something. 

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My son came in with a hoody on last night and Kaiser went nuts barking.. whooaaa 6 months old... as soon as Devon spoke he was ok it and was immediate recognition.  Kaiser has a wicked scoobie doo wooof woof woouuuuuuuuu sounds kind of funny except for the hackles but they go down as quick as the come up.  He is wicked socialized to, the little bugger.. My first dobie so I have nothing to compare longs as the wiggle and licking come after so far so good.

 

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My son had him out in the neighborhood today -no issues at all. All licks for everyone but my son...he keeps mouthing him. At least he knows his manners around others lol.

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Kaiser still mouths me only we I get home for work after 8 hours we are working on it... brat but mostly lickssss.. Bringing him to Vemont this w.e his first big road trip and meeting the parents.  Hope he doesn't barf in car. lol

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Meeting the parents will be fun. They'll probably fall for him.

I get a little nervous with my son walking Gideon around - only because I feel I need to supervise his socialization...I'm ultimately responsible, after all. The other thing is, we live across from an elementary school...and we all know how protective parents can be when they see such a vicious dog on the street. That said, for his part, Gideon seems unphased by having small kids around -which is good.

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Hickory, how old is your son?  I always allowed Karli (11 year old I nanny) to walk Steve since we were done with the vaccine quarantine.  It really empowers her to be in control of the big boy.  I make sure to use a prong and I'm always just walking behind.  She loves to teach him new tricks and is always trying to figure out ways to make him do things she wants.

If your son is old enough to control Gideon on his own on walks, you can tell him how it is appropriate to train him when he's being socialized.  I was in charge of all my pets by age 12, and I trained my moms current dog Cooper when I was 17, no one else in the family did.  So a young person is perfectly capable of training if they 1) have the desire to do it and 2) have the ability to follow through with a plan.

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I live by an Elementary School also and I walk him up there daily and especially when they are having events with all sorts of people around.  Kids literlly run to him like the pied piper.  As soon as parents see him in a crowd of children all touching him and he's just licking every hand everyone's happy.  But I do get a few looks like 'what are you doing with that vicious dog around children' once in a while.  I really don't care though.    

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Jeshykai - Adam is almost 14, and he's very good at handling animals. He's the only other one who Gideon listens to. I'm just being overprotective :-)

Lori - yeah the kids LOVE Gideon, and he loves 'em back. I don't know if he gets any concerned looks or not, since I'm not there...but no one has said anything to Adam yet.

It's not Gideon's temperament that worries me - other than the couple of times he's gone "hackles up" he's been just fine - it's that he' not completely out of the mouthy, teething stage and I'm worried a nip could be misconstrued.