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German Shephard in my face! - 12/31/2005
My husband and I have a German Shephard named Quinn. He is actually 95% German and about 5% Australian but he looks ALL German Shephard. He is just a year old and we have had him since he was weaned. The problem we have is he wants to be in our faces constantly. If I sit down to tie my shoes he will come over and put his nose less then 1/2 an inch away. Sometimes he will lick, sometimes not but no amount of pushing, shoving, yelling...will get him to back off. If I push him back he crawls right back over, if I tell him to lay down he will and then get right back up and get back in my face. He does this constantly, if we are at his level he is right there. We know he is probably just looking for affection...we've tried snuggling with him when he does this and then asking his to back off but he won't learn. Otherwise he is pretty well behaved. We know he is young stll and We hate the idea of yelling at him for being affectionate but it is incredibly annoying. I don't enjoy tieing my shoes at 5am with a dog in my face! Any suggestions?

Replied - 01/05/2006
Well you are partly right. He is probably looking for some affection BUT more than that he is SHOWING his love and affection to you. They are tremendously devout dogs. I have two of them and my year old female is the same way. They say if you scold them or discourage it that it is NOT good for the dog. Some GSD are just more apt to let YOU know they LOVE you in this way. Let him check you out, kiss you and then say, "okay that enough" and gently move him back. If he thinks it's "bad" to love you he will go to some other way to show it and it MAY not be positive. They strive to get attention one way or another. They are sensitive and they DO get hurt, he LOVES you very much and he is just making sure YOU know it. :)

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