Just putting it out there...... I'm wondering if it would be a good thing to get Drake a playmate. He's an "only dog" but is virtually never left at home alone and he seems fine when we occasionally have to go out to shop,... He comes with us when we visit friends & as we've got him certified as a service dog, he comes with us virtually everywhere else we go. Drake is 4 years old & is a very gentle and loving soul,.... and he is quite submissive in the presence of other dogs at times, although he has started to assert his right to personal space of late with a few bullies he has met when we have been out & about. For instance,.... A "bully" dog will annoy him when he is returning his ball to us & Drake will simply drop his ball & let the aggressive dog take his ball,.... No fight, no argument, just submits. Same when another dog gets a bit too aggressive in play & running about,..... Drake just turns his back on the other dog & sits down. My concern is that if we get a playmate, it could backfire if the dog we get is dominant & then poor Drake may end up miserable,.... & I cannot bear the thought of that. Should we perhaps only look at a pup (ish) at 6 - 9 months old in the hope that Drake will "lead" & the young guy will follow along with some similar traits ? Thoughts anyone ?