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.
Romeo is an active 5 year old GSD who loves to play with his toys. He is a smart boy who knows several commands, and is obedient and eager to please. He is slow to warm up to a new situation, but if you give him time, he will begin to play. He loves to run around in the yard, and especially loves when his humans play with him. He is very loving once he warms up, and will nose your elbow to start playing
Romeo's ideal adopter will have prior GSD experience and will continue his training with positive reinforcement methods. Romeo will need a kind, patient adopter who understands he needs extra time to adjust, and who will allow him the personal space and time he needs to warm up on his own terms. He is a very shy, but sweet boy once he warms up. Once Romeo is comfortable, he will reward his lucky adopter with many years of happiness.
Romeo is unsure (scared) around strangers, and needs very slow, managed introductions to new people in his home (or to be crated). Because of that, a calm home without a lot of different people going in and out would best for this sweet, shy boy. Romeo will need a forever home where he can be the only dog, and a home without children.
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.
Romeo's adoption fee is $350, all of which goes back into offsetting 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 testing 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 Romeo
Is Not Good with Dogs, Not Good with Cats, Is Not Good with Kids
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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