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.
Ireyna is a approximately 5 years old. She is very lovable, loves to cuddle, and truly enjoys her humans' attention. Ireyna is a very sweet girl, who simply needs some personal space around new dogs. Ireyna's fosters enjoy training, being active, and going for lots of walks, and they have done wonders for Ireyna's confidence and socialization. Ireyna can still be a little shy with new people and situations, but she is very sweet and with just a little patience, she warms up quickly. Ireyna is currently doing great in a home with cats. And thanks to her fabulous fosters, not only has Ireyna successfully taken and passed various obedience classes, but she recently obtained her Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Title!
Ireyna loves to go on walks and being outdoors with her humans. She walks great on a leash. She is crate-trained and potty-trained. She does well on car rides. She is very food-motivated. She loves to be petted and brushed. She loves chew toys, especially Nylabones. She has gorgeous, expressive eyes, and she has the most adorable bobtail! She is a truly fantastic dog and a wonderful companion. When other dogs are not around, Ireyna is very relaxed and laid-back and is rarely naughty. Because of that, and because she requires such slow, careful introductions around new dogs, we would like for Ireyna to be an only dog in her home. Ireyna does great around cats. And she is sweet, lovable, very loyal companion to her humans. Ireyna is a very sweet, gorgeous young girl, who will make some lucky family very happy!
What does it mean, that Ireyna is Canine Good Citizen (CGC) titled? According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen program is the gold standard of behavior for dogs in our communities. The tagline of the CGC program is “Responsible Owners, Well-Mannered Dogs.” Many dogs attend training, practice, and take the test, however, not all are able to successfully pass. We are so proud of Ireyna and her fabulous fosters for accomplishing this! Items on the Canine Good Citizen Test include:
Test 1: Accepting a Friendly Stranger. The dog will allow a friendly stranger to approach and speak to the handler in a natural, everyday situation.
Test 2: Sit Politely for Petting. The dog will allow a friendly stranger to pet it while it is out with the handler.
Test 3: Appearance and Grooming. The dog will permit someone to check its ears and front feet, as a groomer or veterinarian would do.
Test 4: Out for a Walk (walking on a loose lead).
Test 5: Walking Through a Crowd. The dog will walk through a small crowd of pedestrians, passing in close proximity to at least three people.
Test 6: Demonstrate Sit and Down on Command and Stay in Place.
Test 7: Coming When Called. The dog will come when called by the handler (from 10 feet away on leash).
Test 8: Reaction to Another Dog. The dog will behave politely around other dogs while two handlers and their dogs approach each other, shake hands and exchange pleasantries.
Test 9: Reaction to Distractions. The evaluator will select and present two distractions such as dropping a chair, etc.
Test 10: Supervised Separation. The evaluator will hold the dog’s leash while the owner goes out of sight for three minutes.
Ireyna's adoption fee is $275, 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. Please visit http://heartlandgsrescue.rescuegroups.org/info/adoption for more information about our adoption process and requirements, and to apply.
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Good with Cats
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