I had people walk right up to him and pet him and get in his face, which really ticked me off because you could clearly see he was tense. I had to tell everybody not to just walk up to an unknown dog for safety reasons! UGH!! People are so inconsiderate of their safety!!
Yep, people are often clueless & that'll be a big part of your problem - rely on people to be idiots & you should be right! But if you do get him a muzzle, then chances are, that will greatly reduce the amount of people just taking liberties on him too.
He was very quiet after that and around the same dog that passed by a few more times. I definitely will get him a muzzle for the safety of other dogs and me. He bit my boyfriend's 4-month-old German Shepard after it kept biting him and getting his face. I have noticed today that he doesn't actually bite until a dog is constantly in his face, which I could understand a growl or something but biting is very unacceptable
Re the dog at the Go-Cart place, that sounds promising - great that he stayed down & didn't try to attack the dog after you told him off for it. So, don't take it for granted, given his early upbringing etc, but perhaps it's just that he hasn't had the chance of being taught the behaviour isn't allowed...
But re your boyfriend's GSD pup, I don't think that sounds like necessarily
unreasonable behaviour in the least. Perhaps a human analogy might help with perspective... if it was an irritating child or such, if they kept hassling you or doing some inappropriate behaviour, you would ask them nicely not to. If they kept it up, you might growl at them. If they ignored that & kept it up, would you feel that you would be totally out of line to smack or otherwise actually punish the child to get them to stop? Dogs can't smack or otherwise, they bite when things go too far. It's just natural dog 'language'.
If your dog was attacking for no reason, that is a problem, but if he is *retaliating* against other rudeness but not going overboard, then I don't see that as a problem in the least. The GSD needs to learn some 'manners' & respect for other dogs, and he's not going to learn, if other dogs aren't allowed to correct him effectively. He will grow up like an undisciplined, spoiled brat of a kid.
Case in point is my current puppy. He's 6mo & 25kg already(deerhound x bull arab), and he is... still a handful tho getting much better. Because my other dog - staghound x - is nearly 40kg, we have been quite protective of him until recently, as he was small enough for her to easily hurt him, just in play. But he's big enough now, and he's got very cocky about attacking her(in play), which she generally puts up with even if she doesn't want to play, she's very tolerant. But often I saw her tell him & tell him, I see her snarl, growl, even snap at him & sometimes he still won't stop, until she has finally had enough and jumps up, grabs him by the neck and pins him down roughly. It looks quite 'aggressive'. My kids have nearly had hysterics that he's going to get seriously hurt & she's being 'mean' but I've told them while we need to supervise to ensure it doesn't go too far, we need to allow this - if she's never allowed to put him in his place, what hope has he got of learning respectful behaviour with other dogs, esp when he's full grown &... Dog knows how big that will be.
But he's learning - I've only seen her get to that point a few times & he is starting to pay more attention to her bodylanguage & stop hassling when she doesn't want to play. And down the park with other dogs, he's been in their face a few times, ignoring the dogs 'telling' him, until they had to 'shout' but because they haven't been prevented from *effectively* telling him, he's learning to mind his p's & q's with them & is turning into a sociable, well mannered dog. There is of course a balance, but it's important to realise this is natural dog language & they all have to learn it from other dogs if they're to become 'fluent' & sociable.
I called the breeders about Rocky and as soon as I said something about aggression, they hung up, blocked me on every bit of social media and my number. When I got Rocky, they wouldn't let me meet his parents which I should've seen as a red flag.
Wow! Aside from the keeping dogs chained, sounds like definitely one to warn people against!
I am going to start taking him everywhere I go that allows dogs so that he can be socialized and understand that other dogs are okay (while he has a muzzle of course). ... He has attacked my gelding numerous times and hurt him. We have put up the invisible fence up and he has a shock collar on to prevent him from going down to my barn.
At this age & stage, 'socialise' him VERY carefully, don't 'overface' him - I'd wait until you've consulted a behaviourist to learn the best ways to go about it *safely* as you could easily cause things to get worse.
Re horses, yes, I sympathise. My stupid(beautiful, clever mostly but sometimes very stupid) staghound couldn't help herself, when I went to tell off the horses for something, or she thinks they shouldn't be where they are, she will go try to 'help' - which is attempt to hang off their tails!! I am primarily a positive reinforcement(reward) based trainer, have very little time for punishment in training generally, but this behaviour is one that I've used a shock collar for.... as she has been kicked before(in the head, a few times!), and that just hasn't dissuaded her!