We live in a rural area, we can see our neighbors but they're not very close. We're getting a GSD pup in about 3 weeks when he's ready to go. We have him all picked out, he's mostly black with a tiny bit of tan markings, adorable as all get out of course! Anyhow, one of the main reasons we are going for a GSD is the visual intimidation factor. My young daughter spends quite a bit of her time in the summers home alone and other odd times alone, I really want a velcro dog who would give anyone with bad thoughts a pause! When our pup comes home, one of the things I want it to learn is the potty spot in the yard- after we walk it over there and it does it's business, I'd like for us to take it on a "patrol" of a certain perimeter of our property each time too..my thoughts being that it will teach it the boundaries we want it to keep whether on leash or off. I also want to insist on him sitting before we go out the door and sitting before we go in the door. Are there any obvious things I want to get trained into this dog to make it easier for a younger person to handle it alone when it's older? (It will also have the basic sit, down, stay,come commands- hopefully hand signals for all of those too, my JRT picked them up very quickly-not that he always obeys them!) And we will socialize socialize socialize, I know that they have the instinct bred into them to figure out bad intent from normal "good" friendly behaviour. Any good tips? Thanks! We're excited to get "Grizz" home in a bit!