I have had two people, after grieving my 4th GSD, Cheyenne, and adopting a GSD from a woman who rescues them, almost yell at me that I should have gotten a small friendly dog instead of the big bad GSDs ( this one may have some Malinois in him-I'm doing a DNA test). They are not normally friendly like a lab at the door when a stranger comes in. My Cheyenne was aloof but came up to people who did not reach out for her but she came to them and was ready to engage in petting and play. People don't understand that you can't push their threshold. I have had trainers with my other GSDs but because of work problems did not have enough to continue training with everything. I was just told, "GET RID OF HIM NOW< THEY ARE TERRIBLE DOGS! PLEASE GET RID OF HIM and get a smaller friendly dog! Then I got the, "You are never going to be firm with them", They never minded you. You never corrected them. Very untrue, I spent many hours in training with various trainers, until I found one I really liked. Mine would get overly excited and that'w when she would not calm down. I have my rescue a week now. He loves my husband, growled at him the first day, is still a big puppy at 11 months old, endless energy, plays ball with us constantly, I bought many toys, and taking him for walks. Now the neighbor down the street thinks I will never be able to handle a part Mal dog since they fly over huge walls. I said they were trained to catch balls on long poles waaaaay up in the air. climb trees etc. Mine is happy chasing balls. I am so tired of the negativity and no confidence in me but my husband and I are happy with him. Do we have to have a dog ready for company that only shows up once a year? She is still bouncy and we are having houseguests for two nights. We will be boarding him since the wife does not like animals and she is a very active puppy. If someone comes over I have a huge comfy crate she is okay with to put her in for a few hours. What is the problem with some people. O am sick of them. Do any of you have similar comments or stories?