Well, this is our story... While we are waiting to close on our house (which is tomorrow, yay!), we have been staying in my mom's tiny one-bedroom apartment. Our GSD, Reese will be one year old Dec. 29th and will be fixed a week from today. With that being said, we weren't all that keen on fixing him before a year old anyhow (just our preference) which ties in with my question coming up.
Due to being in this tiny apartment with our 80 lb. boy, we've had to take him to the dog park to stretch his legs (not only that, my husband works nights, so to let him sleep in the mornings, we have to leave as Reese likes to play with my mom's little maltese and they can get noisy!
We've been taking Reese to the park for a week now and he LOVES LOVES LOVES IT. He's a big fat WUSS, which is great. He plays great with little dogs, big dogs, you name it. He's somewhat wary of people, so when they try to pet him, he shies away. Not always, but most of the time.
So, the other day, he kept trying to mount this poor beagle. No idea who the owner was, they probably, obviously didn't care, but I don't leave my GSD unattended in the park EVER (nor does he leave us!), so I was constantly working to correct him. He wouldn't stop, so we I just re-focused him elsewhere and went along our way.
Come to today, an owner brought their pitbull. Who by the way, was doing just fine, but Reese continually made attempts to mount him and shadow him (this pit was neutered). Unlike the beagle, this pit was correcting him. Not too rough, just enough to say BACK OFF. Both the owner and I were working to keep Reese off. But, she kept saying that the only
reason my dog was mounting her dog was because he wan't fixed.
She was agitated and I don't blame her. I really was trying to do my best and be sensitive and correct my own dog, but she eventually ended up leaving (not sure if it was all because of my dog, she had been there a while and when we first got there, the dogs did play some. I don't want to give the impression that she left in a huff over it).
So, out of the seven days we've been there, this has happened twice out of the nearly 100 other dogs he has played with. All the dogs unknown to him and he's done really great.
My question is, is this TRULY a correctable behavior? If you think of it, nobody knows the future. We can't say 100% whether neutering will fix the problem (many, many people say it's a dominance thing, neutered or not), no one is going to know that till he's fixed. If he stops, GREAT. If he doesn't, what is the proper mode of correction? When he tries, he's really determined if you know what I mean
. Is there another way other than leaving the area, or park altogether? We really like going there.
Other than that, Reese is a speciman of a GSD in MHO