My name is Xander!

German Shepherd Dog Dog for adoption in Alexandria, Virginia - Xander
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Training Rescue Dogs, Inc

Facts about Xander

  • Breed: German Shepherd Dog
  • Color: Black - With Brown, Red, Golden, Orange Or Chestnut
  • Age: Young
  • Size: X-Large 101 lbs (46 kg) or more
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 10647937

Xander is a gorgeous 2 year old, long coat black and red neutered male German Shepherd. He was an owner surrender to a DC shelter. All other German Shepherd rescues passed him up and he was out of options. The shelter called to ask if we could make room for him. His assessment at the shelter was unremarkable, but we sent him to spend some time with trainers to assess his temperament before making him available for adoption. The trainers report he has a good temperament, shows no aggression toward other dogs, and is friendly with all people who approach him, however children and cats are unknown. He is not food motivated, but responsive to commands. He also rides well in a car. In his previous home, he was left to his own devices and never had any structure or training.

Xander will need a home with previous German Shepherd experience and will need continued training with an approved trainer. Previous experience includes handling and training another pure bred German Shepherd as an adult. Approved trainers are trainers with whom TRD currently works.

Interested adopters may submit an adoption application online at For inadtional information, please email 

About Training Rescue Dogs, Inc

About Our Rescue Group...

The mission of Training Rescue Dogs, a 501(c)(3) organization, is to provide training and rehabilitation to rescue dogs. We are committed to working with other rescues and shelters to identify their dogs that need rehabilitation and then provide funding for their training. Training Rescue Dogs will locate and hire competent, experienced trainers who will evaluate and rehabilitate these dogs so they will successfully transition into homes where they can thrive and provide their families with years of companionship and joy. Many wonderful dogs who are searching for their “forever family” never find one because they display undesirable, but easily corrected, behavioral challenges. Some dogs, because of abuse, neglect, inadequate training or no training at all, never learn the social skills they need to be good companion dogs. Through no fault of their own, they might behave aggressively, defensively or fearfully. Tragically, these dogs are then passed over by rescue organizations, not offered for adoption by shelters and then euthanized. This is a terrible loss, both for the dogs and for the many potential families who could have welcomed and loved such an animal. Training and rehabilitation for these dogs is an unmet need among most animal rescues and shelters. We seek to fill this need by raising money for these often invisible and forgotten dogs. At Training Rescue Dogs, we don’t believe in giving up on dogs; we believe in giving them the future.

Our Adoption Process...

An applicant is required to complete the online Adoption Application. Once the application is received, the application will be reviewed by a volunteer. A volunteer with Training Rescue Dogs will contact the applicant either by phone or email for an interview to answer any questions about the process. The application requires three (3) personal references, excluding relatives, who has been to the applicant’s home or knows the applicant and family well. If the applicant currently owns a pet(s), or did in the recent past, a veterinarian reference is required to verify the applicant›s pets are current on vaccinations, are in good health, and are spayed/neutered. To help the process move forward, it is recommended that applicants inform references that they are thus listed and might be contacted by Training Rescue Dogs. If the applicant is renting his/her home, proof is required to show that the lease allows pets and that there are no restrictions as to breed or size. The final step is a home visit. A Training Rescue volunteer(s) will schedule to visit to the applicant’s home with all family members present. The volunteer will interview all members of the household and answer any questions. The volunteer(s) will also want to walk all areas of the house, back yard, walking trails, or play areas where the dog would have access. The volunteer is there to verify the home is a safe place for a Training Rescue dog. Upon approval of application and home visit, the rescue will work with the applicant and the family to find their "forever dog."

Training Rescue Dogs does require follow-on training for the dog and the new family. Training is important to establish leadership and a bond with the dog. A trainer will be identified by the rescue based on the needs of the individual dog. Under certain situations, Training Rescues will fund training prior to the adoption to assist the family in establishing a bond and transition the dog into its new family.