To bring or not to bring?
Three years ago, my husband and I got our first GSD from a friend. She is a female named Juno. I knew there were potential problems with this puppy--backyard breeder without much information, comes from a line of dogs bred exclusively for guard/protection, etc. But we also were living in the Dominican Republic, where most people with GSDs just lock them outside and exclusively use them for home protection, so we wanted to save her from becoming another one of those, and have an exercise companion for me when I walk alone. As she grew, basic training went extremely well and she learned new skills in less than five repetitions. She was (and is) independent, very spunky and likes to do her own thing and patrol the yard rather than snuggle next to me on the couch. However, at about 1.5 years, despite exposure to different dogs and situations, she became severely dog-aggressive. She would bark and lunge at all dogs from a distance. Up close she would make friends with most males, but with females she would be aggressive until they submitted. On walks she was ok, if she knows where to expect a dog or is never too close she is always fine. We worked with an experienced trainer and although the behavior improved, I don't think she will ever restrain herself from going after another female unless she's on a leash or we are at that moment specifically working on that skill.
Fast forward a few years, my husband and I just relocated to the United States for work. Our trainer suggested that she stay with him in his house (she absolutely adores him) until we were settled since an international move will be stressful for Juno and it would be best for us to get settled first. He's using her as his personal companion and in obedience demonstrations and she's doing well.
All that to say--can dog aggression ever be "fixed?" Or in some cases is keeping our dog at a distance from other dogs the best thing we can do? Her litter mates are all aggressive with dogs of the same gender. Juno is always perfectly behaved in the house and with visitors she's properly introduced to. I'd love to bring her up to Florida to live with us, but would like people's opinions on whether or not such a big transition would only make her problem worse, and if the best place for her is with her trainer.
Thanks for listening to this long post...I love my girl, but want to do what's best for her!