Ari is outgoing and friendly with strangers--far from the stoic, reserved stereotype of a GSD. Though he is not aggressive, he is intimidating merely from his size and deep bark. See the video elsewhere on this page showing how friendly Ari was with Jenn, the woman who evaluated Ari for GSRSV in Redding on Nov. 5. Ari is fine with children, but he is so big without awareness of his own strength that we don't recommend he be paired with kids under the age of 10.
Ari is great with other dogs, including small dogs. Ari presently lives with a 4-mos old female GSD who he is very affectionate with. Ari loves to play with other dogs and plays rough with lots of vocalization in the traditional GSD manner. He is actually on the submissive side and will seek the protection of his owner if another dog approaches him in an aggressive manner.
Ari has not been around cats, so we will only consider a home without cats for him.
Ari is housetrained and has never had an accident indoors. He sleeps uncrated, but sometimes chooses to rest in the open crate. He is well behaved inside for the most part, but does steal papers and tissue off the counter to eat them. He has been through several obedience training classes with his owner, but still jumps up on her when is excited and sometimes piddles out of excitement or fear.
Ari pulls strong on leash so needs somebody strong enough to control him. However, he has good off-leash recall. He rides well in a car and remains calm when left alone in the car for extended periods of time.
Ari loves to play with balls and plush toys but destroys the latter.
Ari's owner purchased him at eight weeks of age. She is seeking a new home for Ari because he is simply too strong and strong-willed a dog for her to handle.
GSRSV has evaluated Ari and is and is placing him as a "Program Dog." This means that GSRSV is placing Ari through its adoption program while his owner continues to care for him.
Ari is located in Shasta Lake, just north of Redding. His adoption fee is $260.
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