Is this a set back?
Jake and I went to town yesterday for some city practice. We were walking (nicely too, by the way) down the sidewalk. I decided we'd go visit the police station again. He likes the policemen and they seem to like him. At least, they don't mind me bringing him.
We passed one police car and the sheriff leans out, says hi, and pats Jake on the side. We approach the next car (last one before the door--its is on the street, we're on the sidewalk) and "WOOF,WOOF,WOOF!!" Really loud, really agressive barking from the K-9 dog. Jake jumped straight up and ran (imagine the Flintstones) about 10 feet before I could recover and haul him back. Sheriff in car #1 is laughing hysterically. I'm getting a bit upset and said "You could have told me the dog was in the car!" K-9 handler comes flying out of the station, quickly surveys the situation, and tells his dog to "Stop it right now, you can't go scaring little baby Shepherds!" I don't think the K-9 actually was being reprimanded. It was for my sake, I'm sure. So we're still on friendly terms with the policemen. Jake has no trouble with them or their cars.
But . . . the rest of the day when he heard dogs barking he'd hide behind my legs. This morning he seems more settled about dogs barking, but still a little skittish. I'll try get him out to Bass Pro Shop today to see more dogs, animals, and police. He has training club on Tuesday, so more dogs there too.
Max (GSD) June 1997 to Sept 2006
Jake (GSD) Oct 2008
Keilan (GSD) May 2007