I could loan out my neurotic 7 year-old female German Shepherd, who used to love accompanying me, when I ran a few years back.
We'd leave the house well armed. I'd have my iPhone secured to my forearm in its protective cover, while she would emerge wearing full head gear (muzzle & nose-guard), in addition to a couple of poop bags tied to her collar.
As much as she's a loving family pet, due to the protective nature of her breed, she's never had very little time for strangers, briefly demonstrated by her behaviour, before she's placed into check.
Thankfully, a simple tug of the lead is sufficient to break the chain of her unsociable behaviour, helping to quickly re-focus her attention upon placing one paw in front of the other.
Thus far, I've not yet told her that my wife and I have successfully entered into this year's GNR through the ballot, meaning that walkies are soon to become a lot more exciting, something I'm sure she'll be ecstatic over, as she'll soon be re-acquainted with her once retired running lead.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that if you're seen running with a German Shepherd, due to their reputation and the field of work in which they're regularly employed, very few people will feel inclined to mess with you and your dog.
Hmm..Yes the claw marks from when I was attacked by a German Shepherd dog a few weeks ago are just starting to fade. The owner said he had already had a go at someone else a few weeks back. Said I would report it again if it wasn't muzzled and on a lead..glad my wife and 4 year old weren't with me at the time...