Re-homing. . .
I've never dealt with such a dominate dog. We've spoken with a trainer, consulted others, and goodness, our girl, at under a year has a very dominate aggressive personality.
We've discussed re-homing her, but realize we're not willing to give up, and willing to better adjust and work with her. She's the classic dog that many would send to a shelter which would be too much of a risk to regime.
I can understand why new pet owners should not attempt a GSD, as we're experienced and frankly struggling. I guess I took for granted submissive, auto alpha position. Our girl is amazing, but not for a beginner. Even with our experience we're treading new territory.
Part of it is her high prey drive. We've adjusted our active lifestyle to give her more mental and physical stimulation. We've made home life black and white. Very clear cut, she's our dog, we're her master, from my hubby and I to our kids. She's very loved, but no longer given the auto lazy house dog lifestyle. No more couch time, no more free access to her toy basket etc.
We're doing a grant permission step. We offer toys, which is ours, we offer food, which is ours etc. It sounds very harsh, but it's working. It's unfortunate we may never have the carefree lovely pup to spoil, and will be in forever (likely,) training mode with her.
Essentially she needs the constant clear cut rules and guides to her day. We're sad, but hope eventually.She can better mature and accept her place. Honestly she seems more relaxed, and happy with this. While we still go through guilt, we realize she's thrives on this strict discipline.
And no, she's very loved, praised and given affection, but we're learning to better understand our actions.vs her view of such. Crossing our fingers we have the strength to continue to be what she needs. This is more venting/revelation post, that sometimes it's more then just a loving owner needed to have a healthy/happy dog.