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I see lots of problems with this situation.  My first concern is the intolerance this K-9 is showing in the home.  Whenever I hire a new handler or place a new dog in a home, I personally go to the home and observe the interaction between the dog and family members. It is absolutely critical that the dog is socialized and understands his order in the pack.  As a trainer, I would not tolerate any type of agression shown towards a family member as this could be a sign of deeper problems and an accident waiting to happen.  For one thing, the K-9 should be kenneled whenever the handler is not physically present with the dog.  In this case a home kennel, rather then a crate would be preferable.    In my opinion, crates are OK for short periods of time, however I prefer an outside kennel for long periods of time.  Without actually seeing the dog it is hard to say what the situation with visitors is.  However, just removing the dog from the area is not the answer.  I have run across similar cases and have been able to resolve the issues in training.  It's not unusual to have a dog bark when the bell rings or there is a knock on the door, however once the handler greets the person and tells the dog it's OK, it should defuse the situation. I can tell you this........  all of my kids grew up with PSD's in the house.  Not one of the dogs ever showed any agressive tendencies towards any family member.  If someone came to the door and the dog followed, they would tell the dog it was OK and the dog would go back to whatever he was doing.  Hope this helps.

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Seems to me there is alot more going on here that I cannot address.  What I do see are anti-social behaviors which are not normal for a PSD.  These dogs are like a light switch turned on and off.  PSD are or should be what someone from the outside  would consider the perfect family pet.  My daughter is now 22 and just recently she told me when she was about 6 years old she used to climb the kennel fence and sit in the doghouse with a Mal I had at the time "Brenda".  This, a dog who had no problem taking a 250 lb. man to the ground.  Never one time did I ever worry about Brenda, however when I came home from work she was placed in the kennel and given time to rest.  (Little did i know she was having company on a daily basis!!).  Anyway, good luck and I hope the issues are resolved.