I've started a few threads here, about how my pup is a walking target around other dogs. She just always gave off a signal that said "hey, I'm the weakest in the pack, come and get me". Because of this, I backed off "dog parks", but don't necessarily avoid playing with dogs in the park.
What I've done, was become very selective with her playmates. I've actually gone to the dog park, and watched the behavior of various dogs, (from outside the fence) and have gotten to know the dominant dogs. I've met people with young, friendly stable pups, and made arrangements to meet them there. This process has helped me build the confidence, and totally avoid aggression from older, dominant dogs. I protect her, like I would protect my children from bullies.
As a result, she's become a socialized, stable pup. She's friendly to all people, afraid of no one, and most of all, non reactive when she sees other dogs.
Basically, she's neutral.
I can almost guarantee you, that your pup will meet a dominant dog in a dog park, and get "corrected". If you see that happen, I can only suggest that you remove your dog from that environment. German Shepherds go through a fear stage from 4-6 months of age. During this period, pay close attention to his body language around other dogs. If he plays well, let it be. If he starts backing off, and tucking his tail, I would take my advice and make special playdates with dogs he trusts.
All this may seem like nonsense, but as a regular member here, I've read this story a hundred times.
Last edited by Anthony8858; 03-31-2012 at 06:40 AM.