I really don't have a daily schedule like I should, my girlfriend is with her everyday but my job has me travel to another state to stay the night at a hotel twice a week. (So i am gone 4 days our of the week) I think I should start taking her for walks instead if just playing fetch in the yard or tug of war. Attachment 35458
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She is lovely.
I think taking her for walks is an excellent idea (and having your girlfriend do so as well when you're traveling). Dogs get bored seeing the same thing every single day without variation, just like people.
That sort of behavior also might signal that she needs more exercise in general, though. GSDs are a high-energy breed and need a lot of work. I know few people who have the patience/energy to give them the work they need if they are just staying int he yard. Running or walking will help, mental stimulation (obedience training, puzzle toys, trick training, sport all work) will help, and just making sure she gets out there and runs enough will help if this is the case. Young GSDs are especially high-energy, although under a year you do need to be cautious about how much you exercise them physically. Still, I'd bet money your dog would benefit from more physical and especially mental exercise.
I leave two of my dogs outside for long periods unsupervised, but it is because they've demonstrated a preference for it and all they do out there is lay down and go to sleep in the sun. I don't leave my puppies or my troublemaker outside long enough to get into that kind of trouble.
Also, if you can, fence your yard rather than tying the dog. The frustration of not having a solid barrier and instead being yanked back by a tie-out can cause behavioral problems in dogs, and if you're leaving her out there for long periods can be cruel. It can also cause physical damage if she is struggling against the leash or leaning on it a lot, and doesn't protect her from outside hazards (like stray dogs, for example). A dog-safe fence is a much safer and better option. I am generally only OK with tie-outs if it is literally the only option, and the dog isn't left outside alone for long at a time--just enough to relieve itself in most cases.