My Dobie is too docile

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Logan is a 7 month old German Doberman. He is a very friendly dog, very docile. Also very athletic. Runs like the wind. He is a big boy. But he is not confident enough. The other day he got bit by a husky, he could have easily defended himself, he is bigger and stronger. Any thoughts. Also he is not neutered yet either. I am thinking about holding the neutering till he is 18 months so he can gain some confidence. He has no idea how big and strong he is. Any tips would be appreciated. I just want him to be able to defend himself.

No matter how big he is at 7 months of age, he is still a total baby. They will not generally defend themselves from older dogs - they will scream, submit, etc.... to avoid aggression from mature dogs.  You as his owner need to protect him from aggressive dogs. If you are letting him run at a dog park, you may want to reconsider. It would be much better to have play dates with either just one or a small number of dogs that you know are friendly.  Also, most dog parks, doggie daycares, etc.... ban intact males past about 6 months.  I agree that it is best to wait till he is about 18 months before neutering in order to let his body mature, and growth plates close. This does mean that you have to be more diligent with him to avoid fights and accidental breedings. 

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If you are letting him run at a dog park, you may want to reconsider. It would be much better to have play dates with either just one or a small number of dogs that you know are friendly.  Also, most dog parks, doggie daycares, etc.... ban intact males past about 6 months.  

Not sure if that is a local or regional thing for you or not but I have never heard of or seen such a thing at dog parks (any of them) around here and I visit a few regularly. Have been to most all of our local dog parks at least once and have never seen any that even had anyone present to enforce such a rule if they had one.

Can't comment on the doggie daycare thing as if I am not supervising myself - It is not happening.

I thought for a few seconds that the one girl of mine was going to take a plug out of the grey dog when he ran up to her and tried to sniff her butt but fortunately her body language got her message across just fine and he backed up and slowed down. LOL!  

Not suggesting dog parks are 'safe' because there is always a chance that some idiot will show up and ruin things for EVERYONE there but... They can be a great way to socialize your dogs with other dogs of all kinds in a somewhat 'neutral' environment.

My advice to the OP: Careful what you wish for. Dobies tend to get more territorial and protective as they get older. Your dog is still (as mentioned already) a baby and growing up. A year from now he may very well be trying to rip the leash out of your hand so he can eat some poor dog that only happened to be 'near' your property while their owner was taking it for a walk.

A few months ago I went to take my girls on what should have been a really quick potty break in the front yard. I figured I didn't 'need' the pinch collars as it had been raining and was muddy as heck out there (mine despise that stuff generally). Unfortunately, My girls spotted the dog being calmly walked on the opposite side of the street before I did and they bolted for it. Took them less than a second to get to end of their 30' lead and then start dragging me through the mud. Aside of being embarassing and muddy, It is NO fun having a pair of dogs drag you around like you are 'their' bitch.