We just adopted a 11 month old male GSD, papered, registered, purebred, yadd-yadda. We've been looking at the pound for over a year for a shepherd mutt but have not been able to find anything that would fit in with our farm. We have a 2 year old daughter, goats, chickens, horses & cats. Anyways, the family we got him from him had small children and cats and the dog was fine with them, something we definately needed in a dog. The father "used" to train GSD's but no longer had time for this one and admitted to not doing a lick of training on him (obvious). We took him home after DH & I made separate visits to the house and see the dog. He was pretty timid around us, but I figured it was because we were strangers. He is very much in "love" with me; follows me everywhere. He also has an annoying habit of having to be RIGHT next to me whenever I sit down. He does wander a bit if I'm in the yard, but also comes up to me and keeps forcefully nuzzling my hand while I'm walking, sometimes mouthing my hand. It's next to impossible to get my daughter or the other dog next to me when I'm outside as he pushes everyone out of the way to get next to me. He's also very skittish any time you raise your hand (as if you might hit him?) and cowers by you and piddles almost every time he greets you or when you scold him, and cowers. I know that there is the possibility that he was abused at his house, but I can't say for sure. We've had to scold him several times when he chased after the goats, but he's slowly catching on. Now that I just ripped on him for being a not-so-perfect dog, I will have to say he's been very nice otherwise and stays on the porch almost the entire time even though we don't have a fenced in yard. Do you think this type of behavior is going to continue or can we do something to discourage the "clingy, whining, peeing" things?