1) Dexter is not fearful, he's dominant with strangers. he does not like being patted on head. Moves head away but moves back in to person patting him. Not a fearful action. He said a lot of german shepherds do not like being petted on the head.
2) he's competitive dominant with people who challenge him. Behaviorist's partner approached staring and Dexter stared back, tail high slight wag, on front paws. Not looking away. Surprisingly Dexter didnt growl or bark at him, but I think its because he didn't get too close. Other people were passing by us while this was happening and Dexter ignored them even though they were close, but kept staring at the partner.
Protective of my daughter, who he sees as weak. He's anxious in public when she's walking him. He's constantly looking around and watching her behavior. He's too young and immature enough to decide who's bad and who's not. Not his job to decide. Daughter has to become leader.
From this description he does not sound fearful. But without seeing the dog there is no way to assess that over the internet
1) NILF. No more couch, even dog couch. No bedroom at all. No more chicken, treats etc. Dexter is spoiled, especially by my daughter who allows him on her bed, couch etc. too many treats, canned dog food. Dexter receiving too many mixed signals.
2) said kirkland brand food was good. Not too much protein. He recommends lower protein food for dogs with behavioral issues.
3) he usually recommends blood tests but Dexters behavior is not bad, so he's not recommending it.
To me some of this is over the top. Ok restricting bed/couch privleges, if you believe that makes a dog "dominant" fine. But no dog bed? Where is he supposed to lay?
I personally don't believe there is a such thing as too many treats. Perhaps not giving them for no reason anymore (always ask for at least a sit)...but in my eyes my dogs can have unlimited treats (because they are given on my terms of course)
And I've never heard of this low protein thing. I know dogs with much more intense issues than your dog that are fed raw. Their trainer has not requested a food change. I personally don't like Kirkland but only because its made by Diamond.
4)Daughter has to play ball and tug according to new rules. When she plays with him he never takes the ball to her and drops it and waits for her to pick it up ( like he does with me. I'm a lazy butt so I make him bring it) instead he drops it, waits for her to reach down to get it, he swoops in and gets it before her and she chases him around the yard and house.
What is she supposed to do now?
I guess I kind of get this. Her chasing makes him "dominant" (I personally am not one to buy into this whole dominance theory)...Though in my eyes this is a dog just having fun, he found out that keep away is way better than fetch!
If she doesn't want to chase him though, I'd walk inside. Pretend he doesn't exist. Watch how fast he drops that ball and wants to go where she's going! Or better yet, perhaps he'll bring it with him to the door.
5) no more dog park. He said lots of german shepherds are competitive dominant with other dominant dogs and that's when fights begin.
I have to agree with this one. I hate dog parks. The only time I take my dogs is in the super early morning when no one is there. If there is someone there, we go for a walk instead.
Finally after all my responses, if it's working---KEEP AT IT!