I really appreciate the subsequent replies to my comments about MRL.
The behavorlist I hired to evaluate Timber is known world wide for her expertise regarding the German Shepherd Dog. She is literally booked for three years. I got an appointment because I literally begged. I would be happy to provide you with her name, but only via a personal E Mail.
Regarding the leadership, and as John said the management issue I do not disagree.
After me rescue was adopted Saturday, at the Green Bay Pet Expo, I took Timber, my forever dog on Sunday. He was absolutely perfect.
I also brought Timber in to meet a highly recommended trainer. She had a few little dogs with her that became aggressive toward Timber. Timber never reacted, just looked at the little dogs. This was not my first negative feeling toward most so-called trainers. She could not even control her own dogs, and knew little about dealing with a dog like Timber.
The bottom line is I figure I have three options.
1. Accept Timber as he is. A dog that is great is crowds, etc.,
but is and will always be protective of me, because he has
decided that is his number 1 job. Of course, always control
him so he is never put in a positiion to be aggressive toward
others. This, the high end specialist suggested, and I know
2. NILIF, NILIF and more NILIF. Start slow and work to make sure
he perfectly obeys till you move on to other stuff. Of course,
the more difficult things need to be addressed, such as
teaching him to obey 100 percent even when strangers visit.
3. Go with a group you respect, such as Leerbugh. I do not mean
to advertise, but they have been very helpful with my son's
labs. Of course, this may mean using a shock collar.
I do rescue, and that does take time from me training Timber, nonetheless, the problem existed before I got my first rescue dog.
For now, we are going with option 2, and 100 percent obedience is required.
If any disagrees, I would appreciate their opinion.