I just had to tell you a story. Maybe you don't remember but I had talked with you about a GSD at our agility class who is very fearful of both strangers and strange dogs. He just shakes all over. But he seems like a really sweet dog with his own family.
Anyway, you made some suggestions about how DH should deal with the dog to make friends. Mostly things about being very careful about not making eye contact and such. He has worked and worked at it (while talking hunting with the owners).
The dog would previously let us near - and as long as we didn''t reach out to him or talk to him, he would approach vary close to us. Even would lean against a leg for a minute or make a quick touch with his nose.

As I said, DH just kept "working" at it, following your advice. At our last agility class, the dog actually reached out and put his head on his thigh and his nose under DH's hand. And allowed an little ear rub!

It was SO great! DH was bragging all the way home!

~~Judy
As I said, DH just kept "working" at it, following your advice. At our last agility class, the dog actually reached out and put his head on his thigh and his nose under DH's hand. And allowed an little ear rub!

How VERY cool! You know, most people wouldn't have had enough patience to work through his fear. I'm sure the dog appreciates being able to take one human off his 'Things to be scared of' list.
It was SO great! DH was bragging all the way home!

Well deserved, if you ask me. I LOVE happy tales.

Suja