I know I don't post so much on this site but I have to say that I am somewhat concerned as to the local press. A couple of weeks ago a GSD was stolen outside a shop when the owner went into buy something. Then this week in my area an owner was confronted with someone trying to steal her GSD while out on a walk. As the owner of a very young GSD I want him to get on with people but am very confused as to how to go about this. On one hand you want them to go with the vet nurses or with trainers but on the other hand how do you stop them from going with people you dont want them to? My Duke, bless him, has had a tough life in his last 12 months of his life (he is roughly about 12 months old now) and we have taught him from when we got him at about 8 months old to trust people. He will go with the vet techs out of my sight and with the trainers at his training class. But with this news I have to say that I am worried, as this happened only a few miles away from me. I think that he would bark and throw a fit if anyone was to try to steal him and I don't want to train him to be wary of strangers. Its a fine line that we walk as dog owners but then I think to when my kids were small and its a small comparison. I thinking that I might try to train him to object to something that displeases me. but I am unsure as to how to go about it. I dont want anyone to steal him (although he is microchipped but that does not mean that the thief is going to be in a position where the microchip is worthy), and I dont want him to be scared of strangers. Any ideas????? I'd be most grateful for any feedback.