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  1. AKhiker
    06-15-2014 10:13 PM - permalink
    Do the socializing work in more places than your office. If that's the only place she really encounters strangers, the jobsite itself could become a bit of a stressor. Is there anything you do with her at the jobsite that you don't do at home?

    Take a fresh look at your and your SO's or staff reactions and if there may be anything you're doing that could trigger the dog. It's tough to really let go of fear of the dog reacting badly even if they only did it once. I can't tell you how many times I've had "it really is me, not the dog" moments by doing this.

    is she just waiting a nosing a few moments or growling/nervous with some strangers?

    Did anything happen that started her getting cautious of strangers? Does it seem to be most strangers or a select few/group? Is a smaller back office where she may feel cornered by strangers who enter? What kind of business? (Just getting an idea of anything that might trigger the dog; not being nosy.)
  2. AKhiker
    06-15-2014 10:13 PM - permalink
    I wouldn't worry about a Doberman taking food from the wrong strangers. They are so in tune with people they'll back away from or go for a bad person before you probably realize they are bad. It's old school "if they won't take food from strangers they can't be drugged" so your home can't be robbed thinking.

    Awesome you can take her to work with you! I'd keep up the treat and greet, making her earn some of her food and cut what she gets at feeding times.

    I'd do the open handed treating and let your dog tell the stranger if she wants to be pet. Some dobes want a little more personal space/time to get to know people before they are lovey-dovey. having the dobe do tricks really makes them seem much more approachable and puts the strangers at ease. It also helps build your dog's confidence.
  3. BreezeeBob
    06-15-2014 04:02 PM - permalink
    Sorry, ran over with too many words.
    She's been coming into work with me everyday since we got her at 8 weeks. We're slowly working through that by having guests/customers give her treats, but then I had someone tell me that I shouldn't be training her to always take treats that others give her. So, just a little confused on best way to proceed & was wondering what exactly you do with the stranger-training and treats. We'd like her to be a very approachable dog, but I suppose her wariness of strangers may not allow that. Thanks for any suggestions!
  4. BreezeeBob
    06-15-2014 04:01 PM - permalink
    Hi, I didn't want to hijack the thread, so I thought I'd ask you direct. You said:
    When we start socializing our new fosters I take a bag of treats and hit places that people frequent in crowds the dog can going to the glacier early in the morning. Approach the people walking alone or in couples and ask if they will help socialize your newly adopted dog. People LOVE to help and hear a good adoption story.Work your way up to greeting more people at one time when you see how well he does with one or 2 at a time. Dobes pick up on this so fast they start picking out the single people and sitting to help train the slower humans on the "treat the dobe" plan..."
    We're first time Dobie owners and love our girl. She's a year and a couple weeks old and at about 8 months old, she started getting apprehensive/cautious when approaching people or when they come into my office.

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