Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Sydney Australia
Personality trait and a bad day. Maybe you just have a naturally timid pup. I never had any problems with my boy or girl, they were quite boisterous as pups, and none of this is necessarily a gauge of what their mature character will be like. If you're attending puppy social club then you're probably noticing how varied the puppies temperaments are, even within litters there is a lot of variation. Nobody's dog is perfect, we all have to work on the shortcomings of our animal in one way or another, and some more than others need to invest time in developing personality to a point that most closely resembles our ideal.
Of course, a lot of this can be circumvented through the implantation of proper breeding programs e.g. close line-breeding and solidifying desirable traits in that line. And selecting a pup from a breeder who has that approach to breeding. I don't think any of us want a timid or weak nerved dog, in fact I think it's something that potential German Shepherd owners fear most. It just makes more work for us, but it's not all negative, and the time you invest in your pup will be worth it, seeing them come out of their shell or face something that they were fearful of, is immensely rewarding - it'll teach you patience, diligence and determination - invaluable traits to have in relation to raising a dog.