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I have a year and a half old, neutered male Australian shepherd. He is SUPER friendly with humans and dogs. He's that dog who wants to kiss everyone he meets and tries to catch peoples' eyes as they walk past. We have done some training (leashing for greetings, knee up, standing on the leash etc) to reduce joyful/friendly jumping that is too rough. Overall, this has helped Moose to have calmer interactions with humans but he still retained the same exuberance when meeting anyone and everyone.
I had a male friend come over (Moose loves men too but doesnt live with any), who usually gets a huge greeting (bordering on a little annoying <3) with jumping and pawing. A week ago, this friend said he would like to try taking the leashed dog during the greeting to try and keep him calm. The friend firmly had the dog sit and lay down. The dog responded immediately, and gave signals of submission/relaxing.It only lasted about 10-15 seconds but I think my male friend misread the dog and kept firmly saying "DOWN DOWN STAY YOU LISTEN". No harm came to the dog at all, but I couldnt tell if it was a bit too firm or a needed warning, because the jumping is a little much. My dog has seen this guy 1x since, totally normal. However, we just were out and my dog was dying to meet someone and give some love. When someone did finally stop, it was a man who kind of resembles my 'dominant' friend. My dog would not even approach this man or take treats, and peed submissively (never done that before, only excitement pee)He practically shut down when I asked him to interact and say hello. Did this one 'negative' experience change my baby or was this guy today a secret murderer??
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