|01-18-2014 11:47 PM|
|Harry and Lola||
They definitely do behave differently in some situations with different members of their pack. Sounds like he trusts your ability to control situations and therefore does not need to be on guard when at the DP, whereas perhaps your son is not taking control or just leaving him to play with other dogs and your GSD feels he has to be the one in control, hence the nipping an harassing other dogs.
Being 15 months, their personalities change and their wanting to push the boundaries will come out so if it were me, I wouldn't allow my son to take him into the DP - leave that for you as you have more control and perhaps your son could walk him on lead instead - this will help with leadership as well.
|01-18-2014 10:07 PM|
Thought I'd check back on my post today and BOOM, some great replies!
Much thanks to Madi, Robean Gyalchen Lamakhor, Sarah, David, Sunflowers, Lilie, Nigel, GSDluver4lyfe, Blanketback, ZoeandMoe, and Ozmo for the input and advice.
Lilie and GSDluver offered a perspective I hadn't considered and seems to make a lot of sense. The odd thing is that my son is probably more the "alpha male" to Toews. Toews is his dog and they have a great bond but I'm the one who plays with him and entertains him the most, whether its taking him for walks, to the DP, and playing games inside (hide the tennis ball is one of his faves).
I know many here advise against the DP scene. He's 15 months now and has been going regularly for 6 months or so. My profile pic is him at the DP. The main benefit is the large, fenced-in, open area to chuck the tennis ball which he absolutely loves to chase and return over and over. Sure wish I had a piece of property that offered the same perks.
Thanks again to all for sharing. It's truly appreciated.
|01-10-2014 08:16 PM|
|ozmo||Hes just playing.|
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|01-09-2014 01:37 PM|
|Blanketback||I agree with Baillif, and if it were my dog I'd be very hesitant to even let them walk him - and forget about letting them take him to the dog park. Bad habits are hard to undo, and bad behavior can start with them and then bleed over to you. My 2 cents, lol.|
|01-09-2014 01:28 PM|
|Baillif||I'm not going to try to guess as to the reason why the behavior changes but just know the same groups of dogs during group play in the kennel main yard, here, will alter their behavior as individuals and as a group based on who is supervising them, sometimes drastically. They know who will enforce the rules and who won't based on experience and they will test their limits with each person.|
|01-09-2014 10:49 AM|
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|01-09-2014 06:53 AM|
I agree with Sunflowers and David Winner's, I would look for other ways/places to exercise my pup.
|01-09-2014 06:34 AM|
Also, you post in the middle of the night and you expect dozens of immediate replies? Really?
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