Will he grow out of this fear?
Hello. I'm new to this forum and a new GS owner as well. I have owned other smaller dogs, mostly muts, but my wife and I chose (after doing research) GSD's as our next family member. Our puppy is 7 and a half months old, male, not neutered, pure bred. He is very smart, smartest dog I have owned, friendly and loyal. He has his usual puppy issues (still nipping/biting during play, very hyper) but one thing happened that gave me concern...
My puppy, wife, and 2 year old son were playing in our back yard. Onyx always barks whenever someone walks by our wall and is very protective/territorial and good at letting us know when someone is near. Onyx did not know I was home yet, (and my wife was in on this) so I put on several layers of clothes that were not mine, put on a mask, and approached the wall from far away. Onyx immediately started barking when I came near. But this is where it went wrong. He saw my head over the wall, I jumped the wall and ran towards my son (scaring the crap out of him) and my wife screamed. But Onyx RAN AWAY!! With his tail between his legs! Still barking. I grabbed my son and "wrestled" him for like three seconds and all Onyx did was bark at me from the corner of the house. I stopped and ran away towards the wall when my wife ran at me but Onyx stayed. He didn't even chase me away.
This was concerning to my wife and I, especially since we have seen how close my son and Onyx are. So my question is this, is this just because he is still a wimpy puppy? Will he grow out of this? And when will it happen? Is there anything I should do or be looking for? Any help is appreciated. Thanks!