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.
Marshall is a sweet, handsome boy who together with Gypsy, an injured German Shepherd female, ended up as a stray in a very crowded kill shelter in Oklahoma. Marshall being Heartworm positive, and Gypsy being injured (which made them both unadoptable), put them both at the top of the urgent list. Lucky for them, they are both extremely lovely, gentle souls, and the shelter volunteers fought very hard to buy them a little extra time while they sought rescue for them. When they asked us to help, we couldn't say no...! Marshall has now finished his Heartworm treatment. He is fully recovered, and is ready for a forever home of his own!
Marshall is approximately 4 years old. He loves hanging out on the deck or couch with his humans, watching out the window for squirrels and rabbits. He tolerates his very playful foster sibling (a young pup) but he would enjoy a laid-back, calm dog his size as a buddy (after slow introductions) or would be fine as an only dog. Marshall can still be a little shy with new people and situations, but is very sweet and he warms up quickly. Marshall loves to go on walks and being outdoors with his humans. He already walks pretty well on a leash and will continue to improve with practice. He can be a little reactive (barky) around new dogs (especially when they bark at him!), but he's otherwise pretty relaxed and laid-back. Marshall is crate-trained and potty-trained and has been learning to ring the bells on the door when he needs to go out. Marshall does well on car rides and is thrilled when he gets a treat at the drive through! He is very food-motivated and he is just starting to learn a lot of new things like sit, stay and shake. He enjoys chew toys, pigs ears, and toys that squeak. He is a truly fantastic dog and a wonderful companion.
Like all German Shepherds, this sweet boy would make a great addition to an active home that will provide the love, structure, good leadership, activity and mental stimulation that he needs. Because of that, Marshall's ideal owner will have prior GSD, or similar breed experience, and we would ideally like for him to have a 6 ft fence. Even if you exercise and play with your dog daily in your fenced yard, please remember that you MUST still take your dog out on daily walks and outings, in order to provide sufficient stimulation, ward off boredom, and work on leash skills, and manners.
Marshall's adoption fee is $350, 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.
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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.
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