We recently took in a 1-year-old GSD that we renamed Simba. We have had him fixed and he is now 18 mos. He is a good dog. We have three kids in the home (ages 6, 4 & 2) and they are homeschooled so he is around them all the time. He is really great with them and even lets them play with his ears, etc.
As is to be expected, we have a few unwanted behaviors with Simba. We have tried to leave him out in the house for longer periods of time, for example, and he has gotten into the trash. However, the fact that he was home hungry and did not get fed "on time" is probably a large contributing factor in that. We have also had problems with him ignoring our words to him at times (for example, will not come when called, will not stay, etc.) but generally a blast from the Pet Corrector bottle will do the trick.
Anyway, I am a philosophy/theology reader and I realize that there are usually systems or templates that govern all these little choices. The problem is as a friend told me, "the only thing two dog trainers can agree on is that the third trainer is wrong."
So I have a couple of sources we go to now. We have one friend who is a professional dog trainer, we watch Dog Whisperer, we watch other dog training shows, etc. But I wish I had a kind of "do-it-all" book or resource that, if practiced, would answer nearly any problem you might have and teach you how, if you are willing to work hard at it, to teach this smart GSD how to do it.
Our training goals are simple: we want a responsible, well-trained, obedient dog that we can comfortably allow off-leash. We want him to be totally calm around children and other dogs (this is the case most of the time now).
He is 100% GSD (at least that's what the DR papers say).
What resource would you guys suggest for that? Thanks in advance!