I have had GSD's in the past and we purchased an 8 week old female with a nice working blood-line of SchH1,2 and 3. This is my first GSD as an actual owner (parent's dogs before) and i have a question about her behavior. She is almost 5 months old now and i can see her protective instincts coming out, but when it comes to my neighbors dogs, she is scared. They are a female pit-bull and a Chow/Akita Mix and come out very aggressively towards our fences when they see my dog out. The fences are both chain-link and have a good 12 ft between them, so they are not touching. I have shown her that i am not scared of them and my JRT (aggressive male) doesn't put up with their crap at all (i don't think he would be scared of a Lion to be honest with you). She will stand her ground at first, but once they start barking and carrying-on she heads for the hills. I have shown her repeatedly that i am not afraid of them and she is reluctant to come back out with me when she knows they are there. I am hoping that this is just a phase she is going through since she is so young, but i just want any information i can get about what to do if i am doing something wrong. My neighbor is an a$$ and won't let them actually meet in a nice environment, i have already asked.