After Annie washed out of being a potential SD I've been in the market for a new dog to try training. Instead of puppies I've been looking at young adult dogs (1 to 2 years of age) and I have gotten in touch with several breeders with young adult dogs who would meet my needs.
The one dog that I met and is standing out to me the most is a German Shepherd Dog, one year of age. Absolutely stunning dog and very calm and isn't at all timid or shy but not over bearding either. I like him a lot, but I am worried that my attachment and my 'ideal' of this dog is overshadowing the actual facts of the situation.
Now, he would be trained as a service dog, by me with help from a more experienced trainer.
As it stands now I am not the most active person. I take Annie for two walks a day, but she hates fetch and swimming and... basically everything I love doing so we spend most of our play time playing tug-o-war inside when we aren't out on our walks.
I would like a dog that would have a good time going to the state park and swimming in the creek with me, jogging around campus, and maybe playing fetch at the local park. I worry that this isn't 'active' enough for a GSD because I always see websites saying things like "If you don't like going for hikes and camping, GSD may not be for you".
Am I being overly cautious?
Another thing I worry about is if I am a strong enough leader or not. I am a type A personality, for the most part. I know when to compromise, but generally "it's my way or no way." I don't have much experience training dogs myself, which is why I am getting a secondary trainer to train me to train my service dog... But Annie currently does not listen to me much at all. She will dart out the door whenever someone opens it and she refuses to come when called. I know this has to be an issue on my part, but I don't know how to go about fixing it, and neither does my trainer.
She used to never do things like that until she was fixed and I'm worried now she doesn't see me as the 'boss of the house'. I want some information on how to be seen as a strong leader. Especially if I do end up really wanting this GSD. Please help, I'm dying here!