I have been lurking for almost a year here, and have had my little bitch for almost a month now. She is a 15 week old petite girl from Vom Kleetal in Canada. I have had dogs for years now, trained and owned many breeds but Hubs is my first GSD. What I am finding is she is whip smart, will work for the smallest amount of food, toys or praise and is a joy to have around. She is intended to be a working dog, as I am training her to be an autism service dog for my son under my supervision. The service dog trainer I am working with also thinks it would be great if her and I did some AKC obedience shows as well so that may be on the horizon.
Currently we are working on basic obedience, and she also accompanies my daughter and I to her school where she is allowed, while in training, to practice down stays under desks and get used to the general mayhem that is school for the day that she one day goes with my son. She has already learned to sit or lay down calmly when children come up to pet her, and when in new situations she sits and looks to her handler (either me or my daughter) for instruction. While she still finds cars and especially school buses not to her liking she takes most everything else in stride. In the short month we have had her she has gone more places than some adult dogs go their whole lives and she has handled it all with grace and calm. From Ferries to playgrounds she is a fabulous puppy who I am greatly enjoying the training and bonding with. I am learning all about tugging puppy brain games and having a blast training a dog who wants to work and work and work (or in her mind play and play and play as we keep it all fun). My biggest job so far has been knowing when to stop as her attention span is better than some of the adult dogs I have in the house.
Life is not all roses - I have also learned that "landshark" is not an exaggeration! I think I need to take out stock in the bully stick company for all that we buy. :-) She is also my first dog to ever collect (but not chew thankfully) shoes and take them to her bed. She gets the puppy zooms like no other dog, runs through my house and literally leaps over and under and on top of furniture. And..just today actually, she tried to eat my iphone.
She is a keeper though and my family as well as all who meet her love her kind and gentle nature that can turn on the work like no tomorrow but is not always on.