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 Dolly. Nka Dahlia
Adoption Fee: $350
Current Age: 2 Years 4 Months (best estimate)
Dolly is a beautiful, very affectionate, interactive girl, who will fill your life with excitement! She warms up very quickly and her enthusiasm, and zest for life are boundless and contagious! She is so adorable and makes you smile!! Dolly is a young girl with plenty of energy, but not excessively so. She enjoys hikes, going on walks, running, playing with other dogs in the yard, and going on outings. When Dolly first arrived in rescue, she was a rowdy teen! But this girl is so smart, sweet and eager to please! She quickly learned manners with people and other dogs. Dolly is now a delight to have around the house, and has learned to play appropriately with other dogs. In fact, she is fabulous with other dogs of all sizes. She has learned to be gentle with tiny foster puppies (she mothers them), is good around crochety seniors, and has learned to adjust her playstyle to match that of the dog she's playing with. She's nothing short of fabulous! She enjoys chewing on Nylabones, playing chase with her dog buddies, play-wrestling, and getting cuddles on the couch. She is good about sharing toys, but loves a good game of tug-of-war with her dog buddies. When playing when other young, playful dogs, she is very playful! She is potty-trained, and crate-trained. She would chase kitties if allowed, but there is a lot of structure in her foster home at all times, and she has stopped doing that. She is a typical, adorable teen that will occasionally push boundaries, while giving you irresistible puppy eyes, however, she is very obedient, and a real sweatheart! Dolly would be a great addition to an experienced, active household, ready to continue working on her basic training. She is a great girl!
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, Dolly's ideal owner will have prior GSD or other herding breed experience, and ideally, a dog buddy her size. 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.
Dolly's adoption fee is $350, 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.
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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