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My name is Adahay - Chile!

German Shepherd Dog/German Shepherd Dog Mix Dog for adoption in Los Alamos, New Mexico - Adahay - Chile
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Los Alamos County Animal Shelter

Facts about Adahay - Chile

  • Breed: German Shepherd Dog/German Shepherd Dog Mix
  • Color: Black
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 2403
Thanks for inquiring about Chili. I'll tell you what I know about him and I'd be happy to have you meet him. The Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter brought him from the shelter in Las Cruces in late February. In Las Cruces they were going to put him down because he had heart worm. He started treatment for heart worm in early March and I ended up taking him on as a foster dog at about that time. The heart worm treatment takes about 3 months followed by 6 months of reduced activity. We were partly through that time when we think he injured his back and also had some other problems that showed as a high white cell count, liver function that was off, and an enlarged spleen. Six weeks of antibiotics and time to heal and he seems to be back to being a normal healthy dog. Since he recovered we ramped up his walking time to more than an hour per day. The good things about him include that he is sweet and a nice companion for inside. I retired earlier this year and he mostly hangs around with me. As long as he gets a good walk every day he mostly wants to lay around. I would say his energy level is low to moderate. He is not active like a smaller dog. From the time we first got him he has not tried to get on the furniture and is generally quite well behaved inside. He does shed a lot though and needs lots of brushing. The only accidents he has had were when he was on high doses of medication and was drinking way more than normal amounts of water. I take him out first thing in the morning and last thing at night and also do a long walk with him in the afternoon. I'm trying to walk at least an hour a day and he is loving that since he get healthy enough to go along. The biggest negative aspect is that he is dog reactive - fearful and aggressive toward other dogs. The dog trainer that was helping the Los Alamos shelter with him when he first came up described this as doggy PTSD. Probably he was roughed up by other dogs and is now afraid of other dogs and behaves aggressively towards them. I've been following the directions of that trainer, when we see another dog I turn him to take evasive action. This works when we see the other dog at a far enough distance. When we encounter another dog at a closer distance, such as coming around a corner, we try to get as much separation as we can and then I hold on to his harness. He barks and pulls hard until the other dog is gone. He weighs about 80 pounds so he is a real handful in these situations. I mostly walk him at times and places where we don't see many other dogs. On a related note, when he is in our yard he tends to bark at people and dogs who go by. There is training available that can help with this problem. In Los Alamos see http://www.protonpawsitive.com/. She describes the training under group trainings. I would expect that there are similar trainings in Santa Fe. He really needs something like this. In the time I've had him he either was on reduced activity or we thought we had found a new home for him so we haven't gotten him to this training. Speaking of training, he does not know the basic commands. I have always viewed him as temporary and I don't know enough about training with modern methods anyway. It would be hard to do a group class with him because of the way he reacts to other dogs. He really could use some work with a trainer. Another problem is that he has been with us too long and now thinks we are his people. When we find him a permanent home I'm hoping to do a sort of gradual transition. First, have his new people make friends with him, and then spend more and more time with him, including at his new home before he finally makes a permanent move. I would be willing to do some driving for this. One sweetener I will make is that I would be willing to dog sit him if I'm available. My wife is in the process of retiring and we hope to do some traveling. Otherwise I wouldn't mind having him back for a visit for a week or two if we are going to be home. In summary, Chili is a sweet dog and a good indoor companion. He does have the issue that he is hard to control if he encounters another dog. He needs to be taken out at least twice a day for a pee break and also taken for a walk. He sheds a lot and requires lots of brushing. He could really use some training, both for basic commands, and to get him past the dog reactive behavior. If you have any questions, my home phone is 662-7882 and cell phone is 310-5542. I would be happy to set up an appointment for you to meet him. Don Siebe

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