Dog park incident, are we being overprotective?
Buck is 8 months old now, he has been well socialized from the get-go, having come from a breeder where he had interaction with a number of other GSDs all the time, and gets along great with other dogs at the dog park, and plays nice and has fun. The other day there was a teacup sized dog there and he was so gentle with it!
But there are two dogs/dog owners there that concern my husband and me, and we've encountered them twice. The first time it was just those two dogs and Buck. They ganged up on him, literally chasing him so he looked like he was running for his life. There was no interactive play, it was just them chasing him. They were both biting his legs and "taking him down", rolling him. They are both full grown dogs, one a GSD the other a pit bull mix. We decided this was not a healthy situation so we left.
They were there again this evening, but there were a number of other dogs so we thought it might be different. But the same thing happened immediately. We stepped in and started putting his leash on him to leave, and one of the dogs wouldn't stop. My husband asked the owner to please get his dog off our dog. He wouldn't, and words were exchanged between the two men. I had a few things to say myself as we left. The other people there appeared to think we were being fussy, that what was happening was normal play.
I did come home and look up the leg-biting thing, and apparently it does happen in play. But two dogs ganging up? I'm guessing they are bullies and can see an easy mark (a puppy, albeit a rather big one.)
Please tell me the truth if we were being overly-sensitive, and if this was just normal.