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Sorry ...I had to smile as I read through your posting. I was actually thinking we should take Loki into our pet shop, as they keep asking us when are they going to meet up with him. But our pet shop is a forty min drive, in the city, & like Bear, Loki can get very excited when there are lots of people & other dogs around, so after reading this, I have made a mental note " do not take Loki anywhere near the pet shop" lol.
Some of Bear's behaviour reminds me of our trip with Loki to an open market last weekend. Like Bear, Loki thinks that every person on the planet was put there for the sole purpose of making a fuss of him. I can actually see the disappointment on his face when people just walk on by. He is coming up to five months old ( next week), & he adores everybody. Thankfully he is very well-behaved when anyone stops to pet him ...he goes immediately into a sit & stares adoringly up at them ....sometimes he will turn & plonk himself on their feet in a sit, still staring up at them with adoration ...even with young children he does this ...I haven't taught him to do it, he just does it naturally. So I am never worried when people want to pat him. It's when they don't want to, that I worry ...like your Bear, Loki will pull towards them on his leash, & when we walked him through the open market last weekend, he started the pulling jumping thing, which he has never done before. I put it down to him being overwhelmed by so many people walking passed him ...new place .....different smells .....lots of truck traffic noise from the main highway next to the market. When a couple of people did stop to pat him, he behaved in his usual polite way. So we walked him across the road to a cafe, & sat at a table on the pavement with coffee & cake, & Loki sat down in the shade & quietly watched all the people scurrying about. We decided not to take him back to this very busy market, as just too overwhelming for him at this age.
Now I park the car in town & walk him through town on our way to the park every alternate day. We live in a rural town of just 5000 people, so the town isn't thronged with people, but enough to give him socialisation. He is gradually getting used to the idea that not everyone is going to stop & pet him, & has not jumped again ...he will sometimes pull towards them, but I then pull gently on the lead & say " this way!". It seems to be working, but it is an on-going process. I would say that Bear got very excited & the urinating when he got petted was due to that. It hasn't happened with Loki, but I have read about it. Bear actually sounds adorable! And I bet you had a good chuckle about it later! Loki only has to lay his head on my lap & stare up at me, & every misdemeanour is forgiven. I bet it's the same with your Bear.