Help, new puppy & concerns !!!!
Hello, my family and I just got a new male gsd pup. He is 10 weeks old and pretty good for the most part. We brought him home a few days ago and he hasn't been very active. He doesn't play much with toys and outside he just lays in the grass or follows me around. My main concern is he keeps barking at my 5 year old son, every time my son comes up to him he barks and goes toward him. He even bit his shorts. Some people say it could be playing but it doesn't feel or look that way to me. My son has been a little stand offish because of the puppy barking at him when he comes near and now he is scared of the puppy. He says he doesn't want to get bit. I have told my son many times that he can not show fear and he needs to show the puppy he is above him...but that's alot to ask of a 5 year old. What I'm most fearful of is this behavior continuing down the road and the dog becoming aggressive or dominating. The puppy was raised only around the breeder and had an occasional play date with a little girl? Any suggestions ??
Could it be also because my son is a male and so is the puppy ? Or does this not matter ?