I have only been around loving GSDs, 1st time owner, 8 month extremely well socialized puppy. I have NEVER heard an aggressive growl or indication that he is considering actual aggressive action, EVER. He gets into the "dominance play" at the dog park sometimes--sometimes as far as attempting to "mount" mostly other young boys--I normally "let it go" as long as both/all dogs have their tails up and appear to be having fun--if tails go between legs or he actually starts humping motions, I immediately remove him from park/all fun for 15 seconds, so it doesn't become habitual behavior. But that's the CLOSEST I've seen to anything remotely resembling aggression (pretty remote at that). He's GREAT at the vet's--he actually gets excited b/c there's other dogs to interact/play with (he's very dog affectionate/motivated).
Recently, a small child ran up to him in Petco. He jumped and scratched the child on the lip, there was a tiny drop of blood. We ARE working in jumping!! After apologies/sympathy, explanation, everything seemed "cool". Then the store clerk told me the mother had told her my puppy BIT her child!! What BS!!!
I hear A LOT of stories about people afraid of GSDs who claim they were "bitten" as children....and now I'm doubting the veracity, as I think childhood "memories" and perceptions can get VERY skewed by excitement, fear, parental reaction!!!
I feel terrible my boy may have created such a "future story". Last week, he enjoyed being petted and given treats by two small girls in Home Depot, after they asked if they could pet him. I warned them he sometimes tries to jump, controlled the situation, made him lay down first, IT WAS GREAT😄. Two encounters with very young, somewhat timid puppies this week (my boy is 91 lbs), he was excited to sniff/play with them, but I got him to go into "down" position first so they wouldn't be intimidated. He is beginning to go "down" on his own around very small dogs & puppies, I'm very proud.
Curious to read rest of thread, wondering other's perceptions. I don't think GSDs are naturally aggressive.
Last edited by Karina&Andreas; 03-24-2019 at 03:54 PM.