Posted by Sharron…"Head touching not tolerated except by the best socialized b...IMO."
I'm afraid we're going to have to agree to disagree on the above statement:( . Katie and Ty were socialized the same way, in the same home. I think, just like our 2-legged kids, they all have individual personality quirks--like being head or hand shy, tolerating or not tolerating wet feet, eating at the bowl or grabbing a mouth full of kibble and dropping it elsewhere in the house to nosh at leisure, etc.
That's not to say that some individual personality quirks can't be overcome. Katie also did the jump and run when we reached out to pick her up or pet her (at about 10 weeks old). She'd do that small b-500 puppy run, then duck under or behind the nearest piece of furniture. We let her be until she came out on her own then called her over to offer a treat. In no time at all, maybe a week or 2, she realized there was a reward tied to human contact/affection, and in no time at all WE realized the over the head hand was a no-no with her.
I guess the big thing I took away from that experience with Katie was it wasn't necessarily what we taught Kate, but what Kate taught us:D
BTW...every once in a while (like bath days or nail trimming day) when she knows what's coming, she still does the the jump back and run behavior. Difference is, she does a play posture after the backward jump and before the run, then often gets her now much larger butt caught behind furniture, or half way under the bed:D
(Edit just to say I'm just a pet owner. There are others here much more experienced than I. Sharron is one of them!!)