Ilsa is very much a Daddy's girl though, unable to give attention to the instructors when they take her out to the center of the class to demonstrate. She just keeps looking back at Daddy to see if it's OK, ignoring the instructor altogether. As far as I'm concerned, the class is more to help her learn to socialize, which she seems to enjoy. She is intensely curious about the yapping Dr. Seuss dog, and she thinks the Labrador needs an attitude adjustment. She likes the Blue Heeler.
Socialization and obedience is very important for a dog like a German Shepherd. They instinctively want to please, they just want to know what it is their human wants. They are pack animals. The pack hierarchy is their security. They want an alpha dog, or alpha human. They will assume the role if their owner does not. The resulting conflict and confusion creates stress that leads to bad behavior if left unchecked. With an alpha human, they are content and ever willing to please.
My wife signed me and Ilsa up for an obedience class. We go every Thursday........