Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Redmond, WA
Dogs Name: (Foxfire's) Jaina, (Foxfire's Tell Me I'm Alltimately Justified) Sora
Titles: Bunnydog (Jaina)
Dogs Age: J: 04/16/2012, S: 12/29/2017
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I wanted to pitch in here because I encountered this with Sora on our first walk (he's also 8 months old). However, I can write it off that it "may" be a 1-time thing - he's just moved to a whole new place, with new stuff to see/hear, and we have a lot of bikes in the park (which may have made him uncomfortable). (I'd taken him on his first walk in the park around my house; another dog came up to say "hi" and Sora immediately snapped, raised hackles, etc. I'm pretty grateful the owner had their dog on a leash - in this case, I think Sora was just a bit tense from so much "new" stuff being thrown at him)
However, more re: the OP - when I got both of my furkids (my girl, Jaina, came home with me about 6 years ago now, and Sora came home less than a week ago), I knew that with a Doberman I might not be able to send them to group socialization. Like Fitzmar mentioned, it's the reality of our breed. Jaina's a VERY social dog - moreso than typical with a Doberman. She goes to daycare almost every single day; they actually use her to socialize puppies coming to the facility for the first time, or some of the rescues that board there during the day that they're trying to adopt out. I got incredibly lucky with her; I'm not expecting the same luck with Sora. Park days are likely to ONLY involve Jaina; I know after the incident from a few days ago that socializing him with other dogs will be hard, necessary, and probably not involve the ease that I did with Jaina.
I'll add to John's post too: crate/contain your dogs when you aren't home. It's not cruelty; cruelty is coming home to a bloody mess, or your dog eating a pencil (or something) while you were away and choking on it, because you didn't opt to crate or otherwise contain them. It's for their own good.
Want to also +1 to Control_Freak's post. Jaina's never really been an instigator at the park, but she was chased off a community park at 2 years old when she was blamed for another dog acting out aggressively (it was an unneutered male shepard - I just chose to never go back. The owner had the typical excuse of "he's never done that before, so it must be YOUR dog"). We've also been charged by various chihuahuahs and other dogs in our complex.
Back when I lived in California, there was a shiba inu and a pittbull puppy. One dog attacked the other. I'm phrasing it this way because most would jump to the conclusion of "oh, that poor shiba!" But truth is, the pitt barely made it out alive and is now terrified of all other dogs. It was an absolute horror scene in the elevator (I found out about this because J was friends with the pitt). In another case, a Chi charged a pitt at Jaina's old training facility - the pitt didn't survive.
Roses are grey,
Violets are grey,
Everything is grey,
Because Jaina's a dog.
Last edited by zorianak; 09-26-2018 at 08:46 PM.