Wilson is a 10 week old German Shepherd, and I adore him! He has been in our family about 3 weeks, and in most ways is settling in pretty well. Housebreaking and crate training are going well, and generally he is doing a great job of being a puppy. I know German Shepherds tend toward a dominant personality, and I chose that intentionally to fit our busy, sometimes chaotic household. We have 3 boys (ages 8-15) with autism, and a timid pet would be miserable. I am an experienced pet owner, and in no way timid myself. Just needed to throw that in there. I have had puppies before, but not shepherds; shepherds before, but not as puppies.
I am seeing the very beginnings of aggression I think, and need to nip it in the proverbial bud. Wilson talks back - if he is corrected, say for chewing my chair leg, he barks and snaps before I can offer a substitute chew toy. While I prepare his meal, he would jump on me to get it if he wasn't restrained, and even so he barks and lunges. He is not food aggressive; I have practiced removing and replacing the food dish while he is eating. He constantly bothers our tired old (smaller) dog, wanting to play, and pays no attention when she growls, barks, and snaps. It is hard to pet him because he usually turns his head to bite your hand. Just playful mouthing in this case, but it hurts!
This is just a glimpse of his personality. In between this sort of stuff, he is a sweetheart, and so darn cute. But I know none of this will be cute at 100 pounds and need help sorting it out now.