Couch potato, super easy, low energy and no issues. This level of dog would do well in any home regardless of owner experience. (We rarely come across this level of dog.)
2 – “Easy Large Breed Companion Dog”
Low to moderate energy, needs some exercise but it is not a daily requirement. This dog will do well in most homes. The dog gets along with most other dogs, gets along with most other people and have been successfully been around children. The dog has no real behavioral issues that need to be managed or dealt with on a daily basis. This dog is an easy family dog.
3 –“Standard Large Breed Dog”
Moderate energy, needs daily exercise of some sort to thrive and stay happy. This dog will do well in many types of homes, but some situations will not work for this dog. This dog may not get along with some types of dogs. This dog may be reactive to some other dogs while on leash. It may have too much energy to be around small children while unattended, and may have some behavioral issues that will require formal training or daily monitoring for the dog to successfully live happily in a family. These issues are normally minor such as fence climbing, prey drive, minor separation anxiety, nervousness in crowds, or other minor behavioral traits. A Potential Adopter for a level 3 dog must have prior, recent large breed dog experience and be able to demonstrate the ability to successfully deal with the level 3 dog that they wish to adopt.
4 – “Experienced Ownership Required”
Moderate, high or very high energy/drive. Needs an experienced owner familiar with working breed behavior to provide direct leadership and proper management. Level 4 dogs typically have a challenging behavior, but are good dogs. These dogs might be dog reactive with most other dogs or dog-aggressive, may have to be an only animal in the home, maybe have moderate separation anxiety. The dog normally needs daily physical and mental stimulation, etc. This level of dog is not an average pet. (We try to limit the number of level 4 dogs in our program.) A Potential Adopter for a level 4 dog must be able to demonstrate the experience and ability to safely manage and care for a level 4 dog.
5 – “Competitive or Working Dog”
This is a dog that has an intense focus to ‘work’. It could be a dog that provides Search and Rescue services, could be a competitive Flyball or Agility dog, or has other working abilities. These dogs can be strong, pushy, dominant, and/or have extreme energy/drive. They need a professional handler or an owner who has the experience to provide a demonstrated commitment to the dog’s ‘working ability’. A Potential Adopter for a level 5 dog must be able to demonstrate the experience and ability to safely manage and care for a level 5 dog.
*Note: We usually adopted these dogs out to contacts folks in our goup had that were doing S&R, or similar roles.
Source: German Shepherd Rescue of Northern California, Inc. • P. O. Box 1930, Cupertino, CA 95015-1930 t
Hi I'm Colt. I am 1.5 years old and I am looking for my perfect home. I would love to have a brother or sister to play with. I think playing with dogs is the best thing in the world! My fosters always have fun dogs to play with and even a cat that i dobt mind. I live with 3 children and they are fun to be around and play with. I also love to go on walks and I won't pull you down. I know how to sit and lay down and I come running when called. I also love to sleep in my crate while you are away or sleeping. I make sure to use the bathroom outside so not to mess the house up. I love it when I get to run and play fetch. I also like to swim and if you go fishing I will sit in the boat next to you and watch. I don't mind going to the vet and getting my vaccines they say I am very healthy and well behaved. I know my mom was a Germany shepherd but I am sad to say I didn't know my dad but whoever he was It made me into a pretty handsome guy. Do you have space for me in your home?
Colt is a 3 –“Standard Large Breed Dog”
Apollo is around 2-3 years old. He came to us from a high kill shelter where he was being held for a cruelty case with his brother and sister. I am happy to say all of them have been rescued and will never have to worry about not having food or water again. Apollo will be finishing up his heartworm treatment within the next week, and then he will be ready to find his forever family! Apollo is a very sweet and well-mannered boy, and he gets along well with all people, kids, other dogs, and cats. He has a very easy-going personality, and he is eager to please and responds well to training and correction. He has adjusted well to living in a home with a family, and you can tell that he loves routine. Apollo will do best in a home with another dog - he enjoys playing and interacting, and he's always had other dogs around so he gets a bit nervous when he's by himself.
2 – “Easy Large Breed Companion Dog”, Apollo is considered a 2 however he does have some separation anxiety he needs to work through
Tony is almost 7 years old. He is a great companion who loves his people and has a very strong desire to please. He is so smart and learns very quickly. He knows all the essential commands and walks well on a leash. He loves to learn new things especially if treats or toys are involved. Tony's ideal forever home would be with a family with a big fenced yard and lots of time to play ball, hide and seek, tug-o-war, go on car rides, and cuddle. He needs an family that has experience with working dogs (GSD, Belgian Malinois, etc.), he will test the rules and enjoys having a job. He would like to have a doggy brother or sister to keep him company when his people are not home, LOTS of toys, and his own soft place to rest. Tony does scratch when he is nervous and has some separation anxiety. He has sensitive skin and may have skin allergies which require a special diet. He really loves his kids and would like one (or more) to play with but they should be sure on their feet (4+) and dog savvy. He is very pushy when meeting new animal friends. So his forever home should be cat free since cats don't like pushy drooling dogs. Tony is fully vetted and ready to meet his forever family! Get your applications in today for this big, handsome boy. 3 –“Standard Large Breed Dog”
Schwartz has finished his Heartworm treatment and is ready for his forever home! He is a handsome boy with darker sable markings. He is about 2-3 years old.
Schwartz came to rescue from a local shelter, so we don't have much history on him. He was very sick when he arrived at GSDRGA, with Heartworms and a respiratory illness. It took him a few weeks to feel better and he is over his illness. He loves people. Schwartz has lived with other dogs and gets along with most, but he has shown dominance to other dogs. His ideal home would be as the only dog, but he could do well with another dog about his age and size. A dog companion who is a submissive male or female would be a best fit. We are not sure how he does with cats, he has not lived with them. Schwartz would do well around older children (12 and up ) but we aren't sure about young kids. He still has some puppy in him and has a tendency to jump.
Schwartz is in good health and up to date on vet care. He is neutered.
Schwartz has been crate trained, walks well on a leash, knows some commands, and is housebroken. He's a quick learner and would benefit from basic obedience class. He loves attention from people and will be an amazing new best friend.
Dottie is our newest rescue dog, she came to us from Cobb County Animal Control. She was brought in in very bad shape; she has probably been on her own awhile. She is about 2 years old.
All four of her paws were swollen, she has a broken tooth, her left eye is likely infected, there is some discharge, and her teeth are covered in tartar. She's very skinny, about 50 lbs., but a sweet girl who looks pretty in pink.
Dottie probably has a skin allergy so we will get her on a high quality diet and treat her with medication. She is being spayed and having her teeth cleaned, before going to her foster home. She will be ready for adoption once we know some more about her.
Dottie's care has cost us about $300, so far, and may cost more, depending on the extent of her allergies. We are looking for sponsors for her. If we had 6 sponsors for $50 each, or 12 for $25 each, her care could be covered. 2 – “Easy Large Breed Companion Dog”
Special thanks to Dottie's Sponsors: Karen, Mark and Penni Johns, Lupina and Edith Miller