Very passive 14 month old German Shepherd Puppy
I have a 14 month old GSD. He is a great pet and companion. I'm curious about his behavior with other dogs though.
He's pretty aloof, keeps to himself, loves to chase the ball. I've observed that he really seems to be submissive to other dogs the minute they get aroused or agitated. My guy just drops to the ground....or runs to me.
He must still see me as his protector. I'm wondering if he'll remain this submissive once he's fully matured?Total German Shepherd
Thanks for asking. This is fairly typical in a lot of dogs I have been around, not just German Shepherds. Especially in younger dogs and ones that do not have a lot of contact day to day with other dogs.
It's really hard to say whether he'll stay "submissive" or not though because there are just so many factors involved. Everything from heredity to the pups background, the experiences he has had (good and bad) and seriously, even your German Shepherds own inherent temperament.
Not all animals will be the more dominant figures in social interplay. It's just not possible - for healthy interaction some have to be submissive to the dominants - otherwise there will be loads of disputes, injuries and possibly even deaths.
So, to keep the peace some are submissives, some are dominants in the animal world. But thats not to say that your boy won't become more assured of himself and maybe even more of a dominant character as time goes on.
Your dog is still a baby even though he's probably over 80 pounds at this point. But his mind and body still have about 18 months or so until he is fully mature, so give him some time.
There are a lot of dog training exercises that you can do to help build his self esteem in the meantime. Talk to a local trainer in your area and I'm sure they can give you some exercises to try in the near future. Good luck with your boy!