Everything is normal. She can be shy, because she is young to stand for herself, aquire a blocking posture between her and other dog by crouching slightly in fron of her. But, do not pet ( nothing rewarding for fearful behaviour), just try to calm her with loving low voice. Try to find a puppy park, or someone with a puppy of her age. Puppy behaviour is different from grown up dog, though a friendly small breed could be good too. Be afraid of her being abused by adult dogs before she's 6-7 months, like in children, early experience stays for life. It is characteristic to GSD to be unsure of strangers, especially in their own house, do not let strangers to pet her on her head - a hand stretched forward and a look straight into eyes both are signs of agression for dogs, they read it differently than us, the primates. Take her to busy places, like parks, you can walk her through the shopping centre. Don't be afraid to do that time to time, she wouldn't be scared if she cannot concentrate on anything in particular. Say "Sorry" to people who want to touch her. That are exactly isolated objects she can see avvancing or in the distance would appear dangerous for her. She doesn't like to walk because walks are associated with fear. Introduce pleasure into walks: do not feed before walking, take some tasty treats with you. Make her busy instead of just walking ("Sit", "Down", "Come" on a long 6 feet leash, "Look at me" - and always reward). Get a good ball for her http://www.amazon.com/ChuckIt-Medium-Ultra-2-5-Inch-2-Pack/dp/B000F4AVPA and for your night play http://www.amazon.com/Chuckit-Medium-Glow-2-5-Inch-1-Pack/dp/B001B4TV2W When you start noticing that she gains some confidence, ask her "Do you want walky?" before you start dressing. It is important to keep a record on her, start writing a diary on your puppy. Specify in words her reactions, her responses to rewards from the very start of her training, you would be very thankful to yourself for doing it, without looking back it is very difficult sometimes to estimate the progress. And, it is not too early to start Obedience Classes for her socializing with humans and other dogs. They will tell you how to socialize her with children, cats and other animals.
Last edited by David Taggart; 02-12-2014 at 08:14 PM.