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My name is Riley!

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

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

Riley's Story...
UPDATED 1-28-17!

"Riley" is a 3 yo, approx 55 lb neutered male longcoat GSD who is affectionate and mellow (for the most part). Riley loves attention and often puts his head in the lap of his foster caretaker Andrew to be rubbed on, but he’s not a “Velcro” dog that needs to be by his person all the time. Riley loves to meet new people and does great with young children--even those in strollers, who he loves to kiss on the face. Riley has shown no aggression when Andrew dips his hand in his food bowl, so he would clearly be good in home w/ young kids.

Riley formerly lived with a female GSD (Reina) who he got along great with--they would occasionally race around the house playing chase. Andrew has taken Riley to the dog park several times, and though Riley is generally OK w/ other dogs, he can be overbearing on some dogs by getting right up in their faces and barking. He loves to chase other dogs. Riley will likely be fine in a home with another dog or dogs, but will need continued socialization and leadership to become a “canine good citizen” with dogs he meets outside of his home.

We do not know how Riley is with cats and so will only consider a house without cats for him.

Riley is fully housetrained and since early December 2016 Andrew has been keeping him inside the house w/ access to the outside when he’s gone--which can be up to 10 hrs/day--without any problems. Riley formerly "counter surfed", but has put that behavior behind him. He likes to nap on the couch or lay next to Andrew when he’s watching TV, so if there is a strict “no dogs on furniture” policy in his next home, Riley will need to learn that rule.

Riley has come a long way w/ his obedience training since Andrew began fostering him, and now is quite responsive to commands. See the short video elsewhere on this page of Andrew putting Riley through some basic obedience paces. Riley is still more of a happy-go-lucky GSD than a classic, serious GSD.

Riley likes to go on walks, but would likely not be a good dog for a jogger--he's just not the athletic type. Overall, Riley walks well on leash--he generally pulls a little bit at the start of his walks but settles in quickly. Riley's on-leash reactions towards other dogs has improved considerably since Andrew began fostering him; he still gets excited when he sees another dog, but does fine if you tell him "No!" and stay about 20 ft away from the other dog. Riley’s off-leash recall has improved as well, especially if you have a ball in your hand!

Riley alarm-barks appropriately when people are at the door, but is not a nuisance barker. When left alone outside (even before he was joined by Reina) Andrew’s neighbors did not report any excessive barking from Riley.

Riley will fit well into a family that is seeking a fun-loving, low-maintenance GSD who enjoys hanging out with his people and going places with them. As a bonus,  Riley--like all true longcoat GSDs--does not shed nearly as much as a normal coat GSD, because he lacks an undercoat.  

GSRSV rescued Riley from the Stanislaus County Shelter on 8-8-16. He is in a foster home in Bay Point, along Hwy 4 between Antioch and Concord. Riley's adoption fee is $260.

Facts about Riley

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

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Why Adoption is a Great Option

Riley, 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.