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.
Tia is a very sweet, smart little nugget. Within a few days of being in the house, she mastered going up and down the stairs. She knows sit, and is getting really good at lay down. She is very food motivated and enjoys learning new things when snacks are involved. She is still learning other commands and is mostly potty trained. The only accidents in the house have been when her foster mom missed my signals to go outside. She is not fond of her kennel and being away from her “people,” but she is getting better at going in it at night. She enjoys meeting new people and other dogs, but can be timid at first and takes a bit of time to warm up. She get along with dogs and cats. She believes cats are just a much smaller type of dog that really should want to play with her as well. She is very curious of everything even if scared of it at first. She enjoys playing fetch and sometimes keep away in true Shepherd fashion. She loves toys and will drag everything out of the toy basket daily. She also enjoy naps in the grass and looks forward to ending the night chewing on a bone, wrestling with her foster siblings, or a snuggle. Her leash manners are getting better with each of her daily walks, which TiaIreally look forward to in the mornings. She might be small in size, but she has a big girl bark while being bossy and vocal. She is very energetic and still likes to jump a bit when excited and sometimes when scared. She would do well with an active family and would really love an active sibling to play with.
Like any of our dogs, this gorgeous girl would make a great addition to an active home that will provide the love, structure, good leadership, activity and mental stimulation that this breed needs. Because of that, Tia's ideal owner will have prior GSD or other herding breed experience. 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.
Tia's adoption fee is $400, all of which goes back into offseting our high-cost vetting expenses and rescuing more dogs. We are a 100% volunteer-run rescue group and rely on adoption fees and donations to continue saving lives. Adoption fees include spay/neuter, current on age-appropriate vaccinations, fecal, deworming, flea/tick and heartworm preventative, heartworm tested if old enough (and treated if positive), and microchipped. Please visit http://heartlandgsrescue.rescuegroups.org/info/adoption for more information about our adoption process and requirements, and to apply.
More about Tia
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.
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