Long time lurker, first time poster, need some advice
I bought my female GSD puppy in early January. According to the breeder, she was 8 weeks old, but she was only about 6 lbs, still really fuzzy and sleepy, squashed face, folded ears, and would still suck on my finger if I placed it on her mouth. She looked just like pics of 4-5 week old pups. I took my concerns to the vet, who said due to her canines being out, she really was 8 weeks old, but I dunno. According to weight charts, she was right around average for a 4 week old puppy. Seems more likely to me that she was younger than we thought, rather than half the normal weight of an 8 week old puppy.
Background on me-This is my 3rd GSD. My first GSD was a rescued adult, my second was a puppy I adopted when she was 10 weeks old. My new puppysleeps in my room, and spends the majority of her time inside with the family. She spends about 6 hours a day outside while we are at work, but my husband and I take turns coming home and playing with her during lunch, and my son comes home from school and walks and plays with her around 3pm. I am physically active and walk her for about an hour each day, plus my husband and I play with her and work on her commands each night for about half an hour or more. On weekends, she is inside 24/7.
I can say fairly that I am working with her as much as I have with my other GSD's, but it isn't sticking. She is seemingly house-trained, and not very destructive, but that is about it. If she is awake, she is either biting, or whining, or both at the same time. She is smart- will "peepee" on command, and knows her name, but will refuse to come when called, and sits only when she feels like it. She is very drivey and bitey, and doesn't respond at all to yelps, NO BITE, scruff shakes, re-direction, or squirt bottles. In fact, all of those things seem to rile her up even more.
She hates being petted or held. She squirms, bites, whines, and yelps when we try to pick her up or put her in our lap, and goes crazy biting when we try to pet her. She also flips out completely when we take her anywhere in the car-not just a little, I mean FLIPS OUT.
She also hates her crate- we have filled it with cool food, toys, comfy mats, etc, but it is always a struggle and she still yips and whines for like an hour, until she falls asleep. Then we repeat the process several times during the night when she wakes up to go to the bathroom. Aside from bedtime, she won't go in at all.
With my other female GSD puppy, I was able to socialize her easily, because she would ride in the car, go off-leash at the park, and all sorts of stuff without being really difficult. Yeah, she bit a little and ate a couple of my shoes, but that was the worst of it. My new puppy gets so out of control that I can't take her anywhere, and it gets in the way of her socialization.
I suspect it may be due to her age when I got her- I know the vet says she really was 8 weeks, but I just really doubt it. I keep reading that if they are separated from the litter too young, they will be screwed up for life. Also, maybe since the breeder wasnt reputable, she has a screwed up temperament, genetically. Is my puppy a lost cause? We love her and have been diligently working with her for about 7 weeks now, without much progress. My husband is talking about re-homing her and starting over with a GSD from a good breeder, but I don't want to give up yet. Has anyone else experienced this? How did you fix it?