thank you for all the advice! When we first moved here, I had a terrible time finding a place that would even consider renting to us because German Shepherds are banned /aggressive breeds. I spent hours explaining to people she wasn't aggressive, so after the vet gave me that pamphlet I was kinda upset and questioning myself....if she really was or not.
I will say my husband and I went through everything that happened during her exam and are considering finding a new Vet. The vet tech did not appear to care for her very much from the start. As soon as "Lisa" walked in , Luna began barking a lot ( the lound deep bark) and "Lisa" looked very annoyed and at that point gave me the muzzle to put on her.. After the muzzle and both Lisa and I were holding her so the vet could examine instead of checking the areas under her belly and back legs where she had the skin allergy, she decided she wanted to check her anal glands.
Well Luna has never had this done before and personally I didn't see why we needed to do it right then, as she was stressed with the muzzle ( 2nd time she has even put one on and was pawing to get it off). Lisa and I had to hold her while the vet checked her glands....and Luna panicked trying to get away. She scratched the **** out of me and then started shaking and trying to hide behind me. End result was left gland was empty, right one was expressed, but vet said no signs of infection and she probably didn't need to come back to have it done again. I felt it wasn't the right time to do all this, as she wasn't having any complaints about emptying her anal glands.
Anyways, the Vet tech was extremely annoyed when we left, due to Luna continuing to bark at her. She didn't mind the vet, but really did not like this tech for some reason. SO that's how we got the pamphlet. However, other than the loud barking, she did not nip, bite, growl, snap or show aggressive posture other than the hiding behind me and trembling, but that was more fearful in my opinion than aggressive.
The it just so happened the next day was out visit to the dog park , where she DID snap and growl at the other dog, so my first thought was great....she really is aggressive and I have been ignoring it.
I bought training treats and practiced walking yesterday around the block. We didn't see any other dogs, but with people I made her sit until they passed. I think the backpack is an EXCELLENT idea to get her exercise. After my 12 hr shifts I try to get her about 45 min in throwing the kong and taking walks, but that sounds like it would be something new. I also looked up a dog trainer in the area that works with all breeds. If my work doesn't seem to be enough, I plan to call her to get some advice. and if anyone has any other suggestions I am always open to them.
As of right now, I think we are going to stay away from the dog park and find other outlets of exercise.