Riley lives with a female GSD (Reina) and gets along great with her. Riley and Reina will occasionally race around the house playing chase. Before Riley was brought to his foster home, he was at GSRSV’s rescue ranch for six days, and did quite well after the first day (when he was acting like a dork). Andrew has taken Riley to the dog park, and though Riley is not overtly aggressive towards other dogs, he can be overbearing on some dogs (as he was with two little dogs). Riley will likely be fine in a home with another dog or dogs, but will need more socialization and leadership to become a “canine good citizen” with dogs he meets outside of his home.
Riley is fully housetrained, but Andrew does keep him outside (with access to the garage) when he’s gone. Riley’s only rough point inside is that he occasionally counter-surfs, but that behavior is continuing to subside. 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” rule in his next home, Riley will need to learn that rule. Andrew plans to allow Riley access to the house when he’s gone in the near future.
Riley obeys the “sit” and “stay” commands, but he is no obedience star. Though he seems motivated to learn new commands, his attention wanes pretty quickly. Riley is more of a happy-go-lucky GSD than a classic, serious, alert GSD. (This seems to be the case with many of the longcoat GSDs.)
Riley likes to go on walks, but is not a marathon dog by any means—he starts to lose stamina at around a mile. Overall, Riley walks well on leash--he generally pulls a little bit at the start of his walks but settles in quickly. Riley will bark and pull when he sees other dogs during his walks, so he still needs work in this area. Riley’s off-leash recall is not all that great, though he’s not a runaway dog, either.
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.
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