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12-16-2013 01:20 PM
DobberDog Angel ALWAYS has her hackles up all the way from her neck to her tail when she is playing with other dogs. She also raises them when she meets a new dog. I don't see it as a sign of aggression in her.
12-15-2013 07:55 PM
vicky2200 Although I don't find his raised fur to be concerning (by itself) I would keep good watch over him and not play with strange dogs until you are sure he isn't being aggressive. Daisy always has her fur up when playing and Ditto's fur goes up when she meets a new dog.
12-15-2013 07:16 PM
martemchik For everyone that has dogs under than 2 and especially under 1, you'll notice your dog growing up a lot and don't expect this non-aggressive behavior to stay non-aggressive. Right around 1 year old the dogs tend to start maturing, and instead of running away from danger, will have no problem sticking their nose into it.

Just a warning, you see your dogs back down from fights now, but soon enough they're not going to back down. Soon enough someone's dog is going to get hurt. And depending on the dog your dogs are barking at or "herding," it might not end well for you. Just speaking from my boy was very well tempered and didn't get into fights. He'd just back down when aggression was shown by another dog. Soon enough...he wasn't backing down, and he was dominating the other dogs. And if a dog showed any aggression towards was on.
12-15-2013 06:48 PM
Originally Posted by Tide vom Nobles View Post
Ok, so him playing more rough as he is getting older isn't a bad thing. It has just happened recently and I just don't want him to reach sexual maturity and become aggressive towards dogs in a public setting. That is my ultimate fear with having a male.
Keep in mind as well, that your emotions, whether it is fear, nervousness or confidence, can affect your pup and his behavior.
12-15-2013 06:22 PM
HappysMom I have a now nine month old female and she demonstrates the same behavior at the dog park, it's only about the first ten minutes of our arrival and I feel embarrassed sometimes because I tell everyone she's really nice and still a puppy. Everyone that goes as often as I do know now, but she's very obedient and she's never tried to aggressively go for another dog but her hair stands up and she looks viscous. She's really funny too, she doesn't really play with the other dogs, she kind of herds them and whenever other dogs become really aggressive she just watches like she doesn't know what's going on. I feel like after time you'll be able to tell if it's just being playful or actual aggressiveness.

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12-15-2013 05:30 PM
doggiedad he's 4 months old. i don't think he's being aggressive. do some
research and learn about puppy behaviour or go and see how
pups play.
12-15-2013 05:05 PM
martemchik Hackles are an excitement thing...and so is his barking, but the barking can get another dog riled up (especially at a dog park) and then you're not going to like the end result of that encounter.

If you want to keep visiting the dog park, control your dogs level of rough play. Don't think that just because you think its okay, the other person thinks that kind of play is okay. I generally do not allow my dog to pin another dog, mouth another dog, and I do not ever allow him to bark or growl at another dog. Remember, just because your dog might not be the aggressor, things he does might get bad reactions out of other dogs. And when you're the GSD really have to watch that.

I guess my point is that you should control the level of aggression or excitement your dog shows. Slowly but surely, he'll show more and more if it is not corrected.
12-15-2013 04:00 PM
Harry and Lola I could be wrong here, and correct me if I am, but imo there are 2 types of raised hackles and 2 different meanings. If the hackles around the neck area are raised, then it indicates either excitement or a little caution, however the dog is intrigued and wants to go further. Whereas raised hackles from neck down to rump means 'not happy', 'not comfortable' and possibly aggression is about to occur.

As everyone has said, be careful of your little one in dogs parks - they really can be a breeding ground for trouble. Protect him and if you feel the dogs already in the park are a tight pack and too rough - don't go in.
12-15-2013 02:35 PM
Tide vom Nobles
Originally Posted by Nigel View Post
This link has some good information on socialisation.

Leerburg | Socializing Puppies
Thank you a lot of this I have learned with having dogs, but some of it I did not.
12-15-2013 02:32 PM
Tide vom Nobles German Shepherd Breeder | German Shepherd Dog Breeder | German Shepherd Breeder in North Carolina

This is our breeder. She has assured me that he will not be aggressive, and I know for a fact from working with her dogs first hand they are not unless given the correct command.

So learning it is genetic makes me feel much better on all of this. Thank you all!
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