Some of our mistakes are easier to correct then others. And all of us, no matter what anyone else may say or lay claim to, all of us ether through unfortunate luck or unintended missteps make mistakes that effect our dogs........that is all of us, no matter how many dogs have entered our lives. Hopefully though none so serious as to come back and bite us either figuratively or literally.German Shepherds are beautiful dogs. When I was a child, it was my favorite and what I thought I'd get, when I could get my own dog. Yeah, you're right again. I have probably done it all wrong. There are so many things that I know I've done wrong, so yes, add this to the list. I've often said, I wish I could start over. The thing is, I don't have a lot of children or people around me. I'd have to have it myself, in order to give it to him. It's just not a part of our life. I can see what you're saying too, about me tensing up on his leash. Whew. He probably feels all of my insecurities, and I do have some. I catch myself sometimes, feeling the wrong thing around him. Yep, what can you expect from the baby, when the momma is krae krae ...
He did break out once, when he was much younger, and went on the front porch waiting for me to notice. Oh gosh. I did panic, but he just waited on the front porch for me. I fortified the fence then, haven't had that issue again, but it would be something like that.
I'm flattered and humbled Destee.I was thinking, if I had to get rid of Black - who do you give a big, grown, swole, Rottie to?! There are probably not a lot of people willing to take on such a task. But I would surely ask you to take him, if we were closer in proximity. It would be important for me to know he is with someone that would love him
Some of our mistakes are easier to correct then others. And all of us, no matter what anyone else may say or lay claim to, all of us ether through unfortunate luck or unintended missteps make mistakes that effect our dogs........that is all of us, no matter how many dogs have entered our lives. Hopefully though none so serious as to come back and bite us either figuratively or literally. If you don't feel comfortable with him among strangers or don't feel comfort yourself among them that's ok, call him to a heel and cross the street or perhaps find a little space to stand aside with Black at a sit stay while the people pass by (and a firm no thanx my dog doesn't like to be pet and no it's doesn't matter what 'they' think about your attitude). But I would try to lighten up on the leash pressure; remember it's only there if and when you need it as it sounds like he's quite responsive to your voice so give him the responsibly of attending to it before applying any leash pressure.
Has he ever shown any aggression towards people or strangers in general? Has there been instances involving Black and aggression at all other than the cat? Any cause for concern?
Sounds better than the (lone) last time my head strong heedless snot got loose to go pee on the world (yeh he thinks he owns the whole world and and a match for anything in it). My next door neighbor had to call me and let know he was in his back yard and please come get him because Strider was standing him off, wouldn't retreat and he didn't dare approach the dog to bring him back to where he belonged. (good idea on my neighbors part because Strider doesn't play act, doesn't like strangers handling him nor even likes being pet and he owns the world............ just ask him)
I'm flattered and humbled Destee. If such a misfortune were to befall you and Black I'd gladly accept. And if that weren't possible for any number of reasons in an unknowable future I'm still in touch with a group of dog people widely dispersed in various parts of the country. Rest assured Black would find a good home.
Give Black a scratch behind his ears for me.