I have an intact 9 month old male GSD named Soldier. His parents are German imports, one show line, one working line from a reputable breeder who does schutzhund training at her facility. He's a LOT of dog, very confident and pushy, with what I consider a high prey drive (ball CRAZY). I like his confidence, it's what I wanted. I've done a fair amount of training with him from the time I got him at 12 weeks old. He runs with me daily--don't get excited, he's off leash in a wooded park and goes mostly off the paved path at his own pace, since my pace is pretty slow, he has plenty of time to stop and sniff or dart ahead and saunter back. He also gets a shorter afternoon off leash "walk" (he rarely walks!). I also have two female dogs, a 10 year old golden retriever, spayed before her first heat, and a 5 year old Brittany, spayed when I got her at almost 5 years old after 2 litters. We sometimes walk off leash as a pack, sometimes separately since Soldier tries to bully everybody, especially the soft Brittany (she's miserable around him, poor thing... do you think he'll let up on her when he grows up a bit? ). Around the house, Soldier drives me crazy. If I'm at the computer, he'll relax, but the minute I get up to go somewhere in the house, he's two steps ahead of me and (it seems) deliberately in my way. If I'm trying to tidy up, it's maddening to have to shove him out of my way up and down steps and around corners. I sometimes put him in his crate with a raw knuckle bone, if I'm annoyed beyond reason. If I open a cupboard, his nose is there ahead of me. If I'm on the floor trying to dig a toy out from under furniture... well, he's involved and it isn't helpful involvement! I make him wait to go through the door or up the stairs, but he never waits automatically, I have to make him every time. No doubt he could use some extra mental stimulation, but I am at my limit as a busy mom with two young daughters (one of them as bull-headed as he is, help). I don't have the money or time for agility or schutzhund. I'd hoped that plenty of daily off leash walking with some ball play and searching games would satisfy him mentally and physically. My question is, will he outgrow this annoying nosy, pushy behavior, or is this part and parcel with his confidence and drive? Is he herding me around the house, and is that something I should train him out of, or is it typical and I should learn to live with it?