Reading your story, I had to check to be sure I hadn't been the one who wrote it! I'm with you. Gerda is my first GSD and the first dog that I've had since a young puppy. She and I have been through several obedience classes and have just started scent training. My Gerda, like your girl, has been the source of beaming pride in classes on a number of occasions - don't you just love that feeling? She's the first dog I've had thoughts of trying to obtain titles for.
I'll look forward to reading about more of your achievements together!
"Gerda" - Boone's Ruby Wanderlust, GSD 10/1/12
Sammie - Greyhound mix, gotcha date 1/15/05