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My name is Rio!

German Shepherd Dog Dog for adoption in Pleasant Grove, California - Rio
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Rio's Info...

I am already spayed, housetrained, purebred, up to date with shots, good with kids, and good with dogs.

Rio's Story...
"Rio" is a beautiful, 80-lb 4-yo spayed female GSD who is playful, energetic, and affectionate. Rio is quite loyal and is very focused on her person. She is friendly with strangers and was great w/ her owner's 8 & 11-yo niece and nephew. We have not observed how Rio is with really young kids, but her sweet temperament suggests she'll be just fine.

Rio is great w/ other dogs, including small dogs. She presently lives w/ two very small dogs (including the one pictured w/ her at left), and is both gentle and playful with them. We don't know how Rio is with cats, but she does chase after and bark at squirrels so I will only consider a home without cats for her.

Rio is housetrained and responds well to basic commands. She is fine on leash as long as she's wearing her "Command Collar" (similar to a prong collar), but does pull without it. She is mostly off-leash on a 5-acre property, so her leash skills will likely improve with more practice. 

Rio likes playing with toys and will even play with them on her own. She likes to play tug and will fetch a ball, but them wants to play keep-away rather than release. Rio likes to go for car rides, and though she is rather excitable in the vehicle it's not so bad as to create a safety issue.

Rio's major fault is that she gets extremely worked up when her owner operates a "side-by-side" off-road vehicle--which he uses often on his property. Rio goes beyond just chasing and barking at the vehicle; she bites the tires and gets so worked up that she literally becomes exhausted. When she is inside the house and not confined to where she can't see her owner operate the side-by-side, she also gets worked up and will try to find a way out of the house. When placed in a room where she can't see the vehicle, she is fine.

At GSRSV's rescue ranch, I ran my riding lawn mower to see how Rio would react, and she hardly showed any excitement. When her owner rode the mower, Rio followed him but again did not get worked up at all.

Rio's owner Sean and his wife adopted her from the animal shelter in Carson (SoCal) in July 2015. Though Rio has been a really good dog for the most part, and it's likely that Rio's behavior around the side-by-side is quite correctable, Sean doesn't have the time to work with her and worries about her hurting herself. Therefore, he is seeking a new home for Rio through GSRSV.

GSRSV has evaluated Rio and is placing her as a "Program Dog." This means that GSRSV is placing Rio through its adoption program while her owners continue to care for her.  Rio's adoption fee is $250, which includes a microchip.

Facts about Rio

  • Breed: German Shepherd Dog
  • Color: Black - With Tan, Yellow Or Fawn
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
  • Sex: Female

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Why Adoption is a Great Option

Rio, a Pleasant Grove German Shepherd Dog dog was adopted! Here's how you can benefit by looking at adoption as an option to buying a German Shepherd Dog for sale in Pleasant Grove, or seeking a German Shepherd Dog dog from a breeder in Pleasant Grove.

  1. Rescues and shelter volunteers in Pleasant Grove already know the personality and tendencies of their pets. This means they can match you with the right pet. That will makes it much easier transition to owning a pet for yourself and your new pet.
  2. On average adoption fees are much less than you'd pay a Pleasant Grove breeder, or pet store. Plus most often rescue pets have already been to the veterinarian for a check-up, had a round of vaccinations, and are spayed or neutered. That is a lot of savings!
  3. You will become a hero, and give a needy dog or cat a loving home. In fact, there are even German Shepherd Dog breeders who help with German Shepherd Dog rescue. One puppy or kitten adopted in Pleasant Grove paves the way for another one to be saved.