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He's submissive because he is still very much a pup. Would you expect a 12 year old boy to know how to defend them self? I suggest that you stay away from the dog park. Rottweilers are not dog park material. Dog parks are dangerous places...expecting strange dogs to get along is not normal behavior. As I said before, you dog may not be the one starting a fight, but will want to finish one, and be the breed blamed if there is a fight. Vets love dog parks, it's a great money maker for them.

Better to get enrolled in some sort of obedience classes...he will be socialized, and will learn how to train with all sorts of distractions around him. I would also see if you can find a friendly dog that he does do well with and arrange play dates. I've often found that Labradors do well playing with Rottweilers.
My Rotties love the dog park. Spent most of our walking time at dog parks. It's where we meet lots of other Rotties. No bias there... maybe a little. Hank gets a big bang out of breaking up other dog fights. Bang, right into the middle of it. All the dogs separate and go off and so does Hank. Dixie, at 6 months, is a little tentative with all the other dogs, but her excitement is tremendous. We also walk my daughters 8 lb long-haired chihuahua. Hank is the natural escort for both the smaller dogs. Dog parks are the only place to see 10 other rottweilers in 30 minutes.
 

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They are also the place that make veterinarians rich!! It sounds like you are in a big area walking your dogs. Most people think of dog parks as fenced off small areas of a park. Often an area for small dogs, and an area for big dogs.
Honestly I would be worried about Hank breaking up a fight...one day some dog is not going to like it...and go after Hank. Of course the Rottweiler will get blamed. Glad you enjoy taking your dogs for a walk...but be cautious. I know of so many 'not good' stories of things happening at dog parks.
thanks for that input. In Ottawa, we have a dog park which is big and in 10 years, have only seen a dog go to that 'other' level once. Owner tackled the dog ( not a Rottie) and held the dogs head to the ground until the dog leveled out. I worry sometimes that Hanks 'tackles' may hurt other dogs. But he really is the dog that couldn't be made to bite. He lets Dixie take food from his dish. The late Bailey would have had another reaction. But part of being a Rottie owner is knowing your dog, inside and out. ( They are the greatest, smartest, strongest but sweetest breed)
 
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