Ok, so that makes sense to me -- defending herself if she is in danger. Just a heads up that is a pretty loaded line when stating that on GSD board and here is why without trying to seem like everyone is jumping down your throat.
Since you are there to witness her non-defensive behavior during dog park play...have you considered that she views you as her leader of the pack? She relies on you to come to defend her and protect her. You'll notice that when a dog goes down there are times they try to quickly look towards you (at least I know my dog does).
Your next line is going to get you heat -- what if something happens and im not here. If your referring to her being at the dog park and your not there...there is just a lot of q's that I would have to ask right there. I assume you mean when she is alone while you are at work type of situation, right?
Just like humans who don't opt to fight back, there are dogs who also don't opt to fight back. Not all dogs will fight back. Tempraments vary, just like humans. I don't think I consider a dog who opts to not fight back a sad thing. My dog Ava doesn't fight back but I also don't allow her to get harassed her for her to harrass another dog.
A dog professional/trainer/behaviorist is a great thing to consider!
I think I understand what you want. It is what I want in my dog. You want a confident dog and hopefully not a dog that immediately goes on the offensive if another dog gives her the stink eye. That is something that takes time and requires a committment on your end to help her get that confidence.
Another heads up...alot of the board members here all want the best for their dogs and other dogs, particularly GSD's. Everyone here has some great opinions and experience and generally is supportive. Just always think what YOU can do better before thinking everyone here is maliciously trying to rip you apart. Playing defense is not always the way!
Yes we play and we take walks for exercise and she plays with neighbors dog. Do I want her to fight back? No,I want her to defend herself if she is in danger I know it sounds confusing... What if something happens and im not there? she is not the only dog I have seen that doesn't fight back, there atre other young dogs that also don't defend themselves they do same thing Arexa does except some of then actually lay on the ground being submissive which is sad. The older dogs dont act like that.. i think maybe I need to talk to a professional.I don't know dog behavior she is my first GSD and I am just surprised that she doesn't do anything to stand up for herself except for running away... The guy told him his two GSDs were like that at forst I wonder if other GSD's were like that that's why I asked the question.
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