no the behaviour is not okay so far .
this dog is terribly frightened and your attempts to force in-your-face social experience will lead to fear aggression - already seen in the chasing off of the little poodle. Not to be laughed at . This was his defence to get out of the situation.
dogs do not need to have dog buddies . Dogs do not have to be socialized to be in the bubble of personal space of other dogs and that includes other dogs coming in to theirs.
and you say the dog is people shy -- THIS is what you should be concentrating on . Done properly.
forget dog parks and forget your neighbourhood's unofficial "dog park".
the description of Red doesn't matter , the dog could be fluffy gold or black and white -- or a curly poodle haired dog.
your dog is showing you his lack of confidence.
he may not be a confident dog . Your task is to have him neutral to dogs , indifferent -- focused on YOU , comfortable in all environments and neutral to strange people , tolerant to others .
there are lots of threads and posts about dog-to-dog socialization on the forum
have a read https://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...alization.html
by the way I appreciate that you are trying to do the best for your dog
Hm.. Thanks Carm.
I don't really care for dog parks, I just think it's a big mess waiting to happen, filled with diseases so I won't ever be taking him to those, ever.. I rather take him to the beach which he loves. I never really socialized him with dogs before (he's never been to puppy kindergarten either or classes) right, so I was always worried about introducing him to dogs, during walks we'd always see another dog, he never cared ever, but now I've been noticing on walks time to time... He just starts barking at them, like this elderly dog in our neighborhood who's very good to all dogs just sat there happy, looking away from him while he was non-stop barking at her, I just wondered was this due to lack of socialization, I never ever wanted to force him to socialize with another dog either, my friend is pretty good with all of this stuff, since he's a personal trainer himself and all of his dogs are spectacular, especially with our pup, he said his pup was the exact same way, but only introduced him to a few dogs, and his dog is amazing either way, so I'm not really interested in socializing him with the whole dog population
Hm, thinking about it now, I don't really care about the buddy, buddy thing, really, I'm just more concerned about other dogs, we live in Van, BC, so there's dogs crawling everywhere, like I walk down my street, and you got pitties, shepherds, to little terriers and chihuahuas, go downtown... Dogs everywhere! Sadly two of the dogs down my street ... One shepherd has zero socialization and when that dog sees us with him, my pup starts pulling because he's barking at him (scared), there's also a pittie that this kid cannot control and had to be muzzled because he bit somebody who didn't report the bite, and the guy can't even control his dog and he's pulling towards my pup. I'm just scared my dog will do something wrong one day.
Also, Carm he didn't chase after the poodle** sorry for my bad communication, he hasn't met the poodle / dachshund mix.. (That dog is good with puppies, very gentle), I was planning on taking him today, basically walking him all the way to my friend's place and walking down to my little park, both of them going on a leashed walk, and then at the fenced in park, just letting him off leash and throwing his ball around, really. For Red, though the GSD / Rottie mix, the only time he'd "chase" Red is when we threw a stick, he LOVES sticks this pup, but Red loves them more, so he'd go after the stick barking at red, and then Red would get it, and he start trotting to us, upset that he didn't the stick.
There were times where he approached Red, without barking and started sniffing, and Red didn't care, just wanted to sniff his behind, but he'd get annoyed when Red tried to do that, so he started barking again.
He's clearly scared though, so you're right.
Should I not introduce him at all to any dogs then? Does it really matter that much?
For people, he's been getting better, sat outside of IKEA yesterday waiting for a couple of my friends, he watched people go in and out. Nobody approached him besides ONE guy, which he was perfectly fine with, he's just isn't the type of pup to run up to somebody and jump all over them.