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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-24-2015, 10:15 PM Thread Starter
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So in the last month my male, 17 month old, GSD has began being really short tempered with puppies. He's got into it with four puppies. All about one year old. The last one was with a Mastiff that was huge! The puppies bite back if he bites, he only did twice and no damage done, no blood. Then after it happens he is very submissive to me and pretends like nothing is wrong. The only thing I can think of is he is getting older and when this happens I'm holding his favorite chuck-it ball. Is it the ball that is causing him to react poorly to puppies? Some puppies he does nothing to even when I'm holding the ball. Two of the puppies would jump around him, but not even touch him. Please help. Thanks!
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Where is this happening? At the dog park? And you are bringing toys to the dog park?


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Why are you taking toys to a dog park?/ stop going to the dog park

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Yeah I take a ball to the dog park so he can burn off some energy. I've been taking him since he was six months. Never an issue. Just started recently. Like in the last month. It's very random. Not all puppies.
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I would guess these are young dogs he feels threatened by to some degree. I'd quit letting him run loose with strange dogs.
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I would guess these are young dogs he feels threatened by to some degree. I'd quit letting him run loose with strange dogs.
He is also intact. I don't want to neuter him. Would professional training help?
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Wouldn't hurt, but the basic problem is letting him interact with strange dogs where they're all feeling each other out anyway, then you add something like a ball that can create some competition. Its mainly the conditions you're putting him in.
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Yeah I'm going to stop going until I see a professional. He never had an issue other than occasionally getting pushed around a little by bigger neutered dogs.
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-27-2015, 03:31 AM
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Generally speaking "Dog Parks" are not a good idea! No one should subject there dog to the "uncontrolled Chaos of a Dog Park" pretty much as simple as that. Dog Park warning can be found in here:

https://www.germanshepherds.com/forum/5296377-post8.html
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