TEE HEE ... welcome to puppyhood! Is she your first?
13 weeks is still a baby. I would be AMAZED if her focus was on you 100% of the time in training. The world is hers to explore, and dang it ... she's thinking, "quit shoving food in my mouth, I WANNA go over THERE, and THERE, and HERE, and THERE!!!"
Get my drift?
Distractions are normal at this stage, and to be expected. The length of time that she "ignores" you is what I would think about more than anything at this stage. For example, when she's not focussing on you, can you get her attention back quickly or in 3 minutes? (And quickly, can be 2-6 seconds!) Don't forget, it's all new, and puppies experience things so much differently than we do.
She COULD be more motivated by toys than food. I've never rewarded Kyleigh with food. She's never had a "food treat" as praise. She could care less. She loves loves loves that stupid mallard duck that quacks ... OMG ... she will do ANYTHING for that dang duck. Thankfully, they always seem to have them at the pet stores!!!
Feisty and vocal = dog aggression? WOW .... better watch out then, because Ky's gonna eat you!!! My goodness ... what a thing to say! Kyleigh is very feisty (to the point there were times when she was a pup that I would shake my head and say WHY OH WHY didn't I get a hamster!!!) Feisty is good - it shows a dog with confidence, and you will have a great bond with this dog as she matures.
Vocal ... I don't know very many quiet GSDs LOL Kyleigh sounds like a baby lion when she plays with another GSD ... but is super quiet when she plays with her lab / husky friend.
Your pup is very young, and while you can certainly see some characteristics that will follow through, I wouldn't worry too much about feisty / vocal.
Kyleigh will be 18 months this Friday, and if all her "puppy traits" were still with her now, I'd have traded her for a hamster about 6 months ago!!!!
I say, have fun with your dog, and if the trainer sounds pushy, then back away and reassess YOUR dog. You know her best!!!!
Thanks, a lot to think about there.
I re-read my post and wanted to clarify a bit, Maya is not used to being around other dogs, she had her last vaccination at 10 weeks, and was allowed to go on walks at 11 weeks, so she has only been able to go out for the past 10 days or so. She has met a few dogs, but other than those, and her litter mates, she has had no other dog interaction apart from last night, and last night she was barking and growling at all the other dogs. I had her leashed and took her to meet the other dogs and although she was extremely well mannered (bit of sniffing), given the option, she would have stood at a safe distance and just barked and growled, so from that point of view, I can see where the trainer is coming from with regards to "developing" dog aggression.
This is my first dog ever, I have always wanted one, but circumstances have never allowed, and now they do.
I suppose I am panicking a little, and she is very young, and it did not help when one of the people there was an experienced trainer that had a puppy the same age, that was a lot better behaved.
I want the best for my puppy and I believe this includes socialisation and training at an early age, for example, right now lol. If Maya is capable of reaching high levels of training and dog qualifications, such as schutshund, I think its my duty to get her there.
I have actually tried a new strategy to training, by training her in the morning, before breakfast, that way i know she is very hungry and wants her "rewards" for training. I tried it this morning and seems to have worked. I am going to do this everyday, and hopefully I will get 100% of her attention during training.