Thank you all!! I felt like it would be wrong to get onto her for growling for being woken up, but was told by some friends that a dog should always obey and never growl (sounds a bit too strict for my taste lol) so wanted a second opinion. We do have nice comfy beds for her (she has a nice big orthopedic bed next to the couch, a bed in her crate, and another comfy bed in another room. She does nap on the beds (and the floor sometimes too) but she loves snuggles and naps on the couch with us too! And we like that with her too, especially since she doesn't sleep in bed with us (I just prefer having my bed to myself- and she prefers it in her crate now too; once there was a bad thunderstorm so we brought her in thinking she'd prefer it, but nope, she wanted back in her crate lol). I just wanted to make sure it wasn't one of those things where letting her growl and get grumpy when we shift her around wasn't her thinking she was the boss of the house, so to speak.
As for jumping- we do tell her to sit, and she is an angel at home; it's outside of the house that's the issue (and which I know means she's only half trained. A dog isn't fully trained unless it listens well EVERYWHERE, right!). We live in a very small rural area where the weather tends to be either much too cold or much too hot, so it's rare that people are ever outside; we can walk for hours and not run into anyone, and the nearest big city is over half an hour away (which isn't exactly big at a population of 24 thousand but it's big for here lol). So on the rare times we do run into someone, she gets SUPER excited, and we'll tell her to sit but people will just come up and pet her and let her jump on them. We do tell them not to and to wait for her to sit, but it's usually older people who are like "ohhhh it's okay if she jumps, I love dogs!" and are already petting her by the time we can be like, "no, seriously, we're trying to train her." -.- Which they're usually great about it if we ever run into them again at least. There's a dog park about 40 minutes away that we like to go to, but 90% of the time there it's people who are stopping by on a drive and their dogs are really pent-up and misbehaving. We would LOVE to do dog training but it's an hour away, expensive, and we both work full time. So, we just watch Youtube tutorials (such as Zak George) and do clicker training and all that. It's just hard to be consistent when we live in a ghost town! :/
(also, with the eye contact, I don't mean it's a long thing or anything- we just tell her to sit down and look at us while we're pouring her food, since when we first got her from the humane society she was free fed and just immediately gobbled up food while you were pouring it, so now she sits and waits while we fix it for her and then we look at her and say okay, good girl, go eat, and she'll eat! We do the finger movement and the 'look at me' from the Zak George videos.)
As of now, the biggest thing I would like to see in her is just listening when we're out, she gets distracted SO easily, and I would never ever trust her off leash. I've heard that some dogs, depending on their breed, are just like that? That if they have hound in them for example, they just have that instinct and might take off to chase? It just worries me because I know that like, IF she somehow managed to run, say her leash slipped through my hand or something, she would run out in front of a car or something (doesn't help she has zero fear of the roads; there are hardly any sidewalks in these areas and the roads often dead, so you walk on the roads). I would love to be able to say STOP or NO and she just stops and listens. But instead I fear I would shout and do everything and she'd just totally ignore me to run off. When we train her out in a fenced area, and she's off leash, she still doesn't listen very well. We've trained her with treats (even delicious ones such as baked chicken) and toys and pets and bottom line is she starts sniffing something and it's like she has doggie add and can't focus! Any advice for dealing with that? thank you again in advance, I really appreciate you guys!