Most dogs at the age Izzy is are reactive out of fear not protective behavior.
The ones that are truly aggressive protective are far and few between(she may be one of them?).
Thresholds play into it as well.
Is the behaviorist or trainer you will be visiting knowledgeable on the GSD?
I know it was mentioned NOT to get with a SchH club, but I would possibly contact a club for an evaluation, it won't hurt and the TD/ members in the club knows the breed better than "pet" trainers.
Though if the trainers you've contacted are very familiar with the breed(and hopefully the lines you have) then all good!
Apparently she is very familiar with the breed, so that is good. We had to wait 2 and a half months to get the appt.
Dotty, help us understand, you say one was for our daughter, you said earlier you bought them out of grief. Did you buy both puppies?
Did you buy a puppy for your daughter? If that is the case, then I can well understand bailing her out. But now your have your daughter's bird also?
Some people shouldn't have pets period. If she is partying and not managing to take care of her pets, then partying is more important than pets, and she probably shouldn't own a pet. But if she is a person who is going to run out and get another pet, and when it's newness wears off, dumps it on you, then you have to start pushing back. Put your foot down. No more. Because if that is the case, you are enabling your daughter in some pretty unhealthy behavior.
We went together to get the dogs.
She loves animals!! You know the people, you can tell it in their expression when they see a dog, their face softens and their eyes light up. A true animal lover, that is her.
She had her bird (she has had the bird since she was 14, and has taken great care of it) everything was good. She moved out, she was doing super and the bird was happy. She treated the bird like her little lap dog.
She had helped us care for our very senior dog, and loved him to pieces. She carried him when he needed to be, she cleaned up after his accidents, she loved and cared for him as we would. She came with us in the middle of the night to help him pass over.
My mom just died an now our dog Dirk. I was still in shock over it all, NOT thinking. My chest was still heavy with all the sadness.
We decided to get a puppy, the breeder said she had two left. Then my daughter wanted the other.
She promised she would care for her dog, the whole thing. I bought her the dog.
She LOVED Ellie and was so committed, she never went out, Ellie went everywhere with her. She fussed over Ellie like crazy.
Ellie started getting bigger, stronger and unstable. I signed her up for training lessons, classes, she always had an excuse not to go. We had privates, but she was not into it.
Longer story short, she was not taking the training seriously or the exercise Ellie needed.
She still loves the dog, she is irresponsible at the moment. She has moved 3 times since Ellie came to live with us.
She won't get another pet, she loves the ones she has now.
That is the daughter/Ellie story. When they see each other, it is