Pepper is an 12-13 week old German Shepherd/Lab/Australian Shepherd x. She was rescued as a stray by a Good Samaritan on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation and was held in a foster home there until she could be transported to PUP to find a permanent loving home. She weighs 20# now and we anticipate she will weigh about 50-55# as an adult, but this is best guess since we do not know her exact age and know nothing of her mom or dad. In her Dakota foster home she hung out with children and a half dozen other dogs, playing on the ranch and doing other puppy things. She arrived at PUP in good health and at a good weight. She has not had a single poop or pee accident in her foster home since she arrived 3 weeks ago. She can ‘hold it’ over night and during the day for at least 6 hours. She gets along well with the resident dogs and loves to play puppy games of run and wrestle. She is an affectionate dog who seems to be able to fit in wherever she is. She loves human attention, walks well on a leash and rides uneventfully in a car. Her coat is silky, wavy and so shiny it nearly reflects.
The first 4 months are when puppy learns the social skills needed to be a skilled dog in dealing with other dogs and a good citizen in the human world. Her adopter should be committed to getting puppy into lots of new and different human social situations, hearing vacuums, trucks, and rattling garbage cans, meeting people who are clapping, laughing, with hats, tools, bikes and skate boards. AND puppy needs many opportunities to meet and greet dogs of all shapes, sizes and dispositions. Just sharing a home with another dog is not as much doggie socializing as puppy needs. If good canine social skills are not learned and maintained during these early months, it will be very difficult to ever master them. Puppy play dates, trips to the pet store, puppy socialization classes and later, obedience classes and trips to the off leash park are ideal learning opportunities. If all this doggie time and involvement seems like a good idea, you are up for a puppy! As always, a tired dog is a good dog.
Pepper has been vet checked, wormed and had her first vaccinations. She will need two more routine vaccinations and rabies at the owner’s expense. Her adoption fee of $300 includes the cost of her required spay if it is done by the PUP vet. PUP does place dogs outside the metro area but a firm plan must be in place for her neuter. We do not ship.
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