Welcome to the forum! I have learned so much about the breed here--it's helped me to feel more confident and allowed me to do a better job raising my pup.
I am also new to GSDs. My dog's an incredible boy at 4.5 months. I have had dogs all my life, but GSDs seem to require more of their handlers--and they seem to give back in kind.
I have a lovely min pin--black and rust. Her dad was an international champion. The min pin breed was developed before dobies, but is related. She is a wonderful girl-very intelligent--great sense of humor--and stubborn!!! So I get what you're saying...
It's such a delight to have a willing to please GSD!
Both my parents were vets and I grew up in the military. Thank you for the sacrifices you have made in the line of duty and on behalf of our country. Thank you to your family--military families also deserve recognition.