German Shepherd dogs, as well as the other herding breeds that we have in rescue, are highly active, energetic, working breeds. They require considerable vetting, exercise, socialization, training, leadership and mental stimuli in order to be well-adjusted, well-balanced, and well-mannered dogs. Even if you exercise and play with your dog daily in your fenced yard, you MUST still take your dog out on daily walks and outings in order to work on his/her leash skills, manners, and social skills.These breeds make great additions to active families who will pamper them, but who will also work with them, as they are smart dogs who need leadership, structure, plenty of activity and mental stimulation.
If you are new to German Shepherds (and other herding breeds), please research the breed to make sure this is the dog for you. We ask that you consider the time and financial commitment that your German Shepherd (or other herding breed) dog will require before applying for one. Please review the section on our website (www.heartlandgsrescue.org) "Is a HUGS Dog Right for You?" for additional information.
About Heath. New name: Meeker
Adoption Fee: $395
Current Age: 2 Years 3 Months (best estimate)
Heath is a super cute 12 week-old puppy. Heath is typical puppy: he loves to play, explore, eat, and cuddle! Once he's all tired out, he loves nothing more than to snuggle with you.
Heath is working on potty-training and he's doing well! He likes to play with other dogs. And he even tries to gently play with the cats in his foster home. One of the cats seems entertained by Heath's efforts, and will indulge him by playing tag with him every once in a while! He is an adorable boy, very smart and food-motivated. He is eager to please. He loves to be praised and be rewarded with treats!
Heath's adoption fee is $395, all of which goes back into offseting our high-cost vetting expenses and rescuing more dogs. Adoption fees include spay/neuter, current on age-appropriate vaccinations, fecal, deworming, flea/tick and heartworm preventative, heartworm tested if old enough (treated if positive), and microchipped. Learn more about the adoption process and requirements, and apply at: http://heartlandgsrescue.rescuegroups.org/info/adoption.
More about Heath. New name: Meeker
Good with Dogs, Good with Cats
Please review the information in the "About Us", "Important Considerations" and "Adopt" sections on our website menu, as it contains useful information about the breed, adoption fees, the adoption process and our requirements, and how meeting the dogs works.
Video of Heath. New name: Meeker:
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