I'm new to this site, so if this is the wrong place, I'm sorry ahead of time.
I adopted my pup from a family about three weeks ago (she's about 10 months old). For the first week or so, I expected some peeing in the house because she was making a big change and I knew there would be a lot of anxiety, so I tried to just keep her as comfortable as possible and made her a safe haven in our kitchen with pillows and toys. I noticed though that she does the submissive peeing a LOT and it's been a long time since I've had a dog that does that.
I tried to do with her what I did with my golden retriever when it came to submissive peeing which was get down to her level and basically try to build her confidence a bit by being reassuring and petting her chest, not the top of her head, look at the face but not eye contact, etc. What's striking me as really odd is that she won't let me get down to her level! If I get down so that I'm just below her eyes, she lays down. I've NEVER seen such submissive behavior.
She's such a sweet girl, I almost feel guilty when I try to get to her level lol
Admittedly, she's my first German Shepherd, so I don't know if this is normal for them, but I was wondering if anyone could help me out with building her confidence even more. She pees on the floor even when someone comes near her to pet her. It makes me feel so bad because I automatically run all sorts of scenarios for why she's doing this through my mind
Thanks in advance.