@thewretched, I tried suggesting to the other owner we do some passes. Just walk by eachother on the leashes. And he said "ok!" and then just stood there as i did passes and his dog just sat there barking. I think maybe he misunderstood me. hahah
@Chip18, thanks for the link! skimmed over it just now and it looks like its got some great info. I'll start reading it more in depth as soon as i write this
@Redrider, Yea I dont REALLY "offleash" yet. I usually have a 30ft long leash on him if we're in a open field. But I just let him go "off leash" in the baseball field because its closed off. His recall is actually pretty good though (well.. PUPPY good ;D ). I NEVER say the words "come" unless I have treats on or near me. EVER. If i let him do his own thing he wanders off and I practice recall. He comes galloping back. When we're at the park i usually have high value treats. Pieces of steak or chicken breasts. If I know there are too many distractions I take out the long leash. In the baseball field, with no leash, if I run around he chases me, if I walk around he follows.. We play fetch, work on wait/stay. I also just have him go 'down', 'relax' (head down) and play on my phone or something and treat him every minute or so he's in that position. I treat the baseball field as my training area to WORK on recall, wait/stay, etc.
As far as friends.. right now his only FRIEND is a 1 year old Corgi -_- hahah he kept bullying my other friend's maltese. And he's met some friendly dogs on walks. But geez, A LOT of these dogs in the neighborhood are so aggressive. I was actually kind of surprised.
@mego, I will try to wait him out next time. I feel like you just gotta meet the right dog owners out there that know what they're doing and are also willing to help you. And yea, i wasn't even prepared for the other dog to be let go of. Actually made me pretty mad. The dad was just being all gung-ho acting like everything was just fine. "its ok, just let her go. The leash just causes more tension" it was literally like a 30 second ordeal. I walked up, both dogs started lunging and barking, he immediately tells his son to let go, and bam... puppy gets bit for the first time. Thats why i shoved that other dog so hard. Though.. i know its not really the dog's fault (and maybe not the best idea to push a fairly large GSD). But I mean... cmon, im sure everyone would do the same if they saw their little 4month old getting trampled and bit like that. hahah, protective dad instinct kicked in.
Thanks for all the replies!