Re: Your training goals
My training goals, well first off, I've only been working with GSD's for a short time, so I'm not claiming any kind of expert knowledge here.
Anyway, I started puppy obedience with Neo at 12 weeks old. I brought him home in early June and throughout the summer we trained at least twice a week and I did my best to train at least once a day, usually twice a day. My schedule didn't allow me to do that every single day, but it was the norm. Neo got his CGC at 6 months old with no problems at all. Through the winter we've pretty much stayed with at least 2 formal obedience sessions a week, but again it's been tough with my schedule. Now that it's getting warmer, I hope to get back to a twice a day schedule.
In the long term, I'd like to get at least a CD title for Neo and if that goes well who knows, maybe a UD as well. I'm also seriously looking into SAR training. Neo's sire is a certified as both a Wilderness Sar and USAR dog. And I'm hoping to get out with his owner/handler and see what he thinks about Neo's chances of making it as a SAR dog. I'm also going to start some basic agility work this year, but geared toward SAR work and not competition.
Neo is still just 10 months old and we are currently training through a "hormonal" stage, hey you know how crazy a hormonal adolescent can be.. LOL!! but by next month all the details for beginning SAR should be worked out and we should be on our way. So, I guess we'll just have to see how it goes.
Our first GSD, Mara Jade, is just about 2 years old and she also has her CGC. Mara is also a certified therapy dog. My wife has been her primary trainer and it's her first time around as well. She's done a nice job with Mara and hopefully, Neo and I will be able to do as well as Mara has!
Anyway, good luck to y'all..