Toby is great with those in his family—he craves attention and wants to be as close as possible—including in your lap if you allow it. He’s fine in the house with visitors who he is familiar with, and with those comfortable with dogs. However, when he senses fear from a visitor, he will bark at them in a somewhat menacing manner. Toby will also playfully nip strangers who play with him when they stop and turn around; it's as if he's saying "I’m in charge and I’m not going to let you stop!" The nips are never serious, but obviously unsettling to the person who got nipped as well as to Toby’s owners. Toby’s owners admit that they don’t have the necessary discipline skills to curb Toby’s nipping behavior, and I believe that an individual with a strong alpha presence would be able to prevent this behavior altogether.
Toby has not been around young children due to his nipping behavior and his size & exuberance. Personally, I think that Toby would be great with kids.
Toby is generally fine with strangers away from the house. He was completely fine with me when I evaluated him at the GSRSV rescue ranch, though he did take awhile to come to me so I could pet him.
Toby is great with other dogs—very playful and somewhat submissive. He likes to be chased rather than to give chase. He presently lives with a 5-yo female Golden Retriever. See the video of Toby romping around w/ several of the GSRSV dogs elsewhere on this page.
Toby appears to be fine with cats as well. His present owners have an outdoor cat that Toby mostly ignores. The cat trusts Toby enough to allow him to come nose-to-nose with it.
Toby is housetrained and well behaved inside. He can be left inside all day without any problem, though he does have access to the outside via a dog door. He enjoys hanging out on the couch with his people and watching TV. He sleeps on a loveseat in his owner's bedroom.
Toby has received formal obedience training and obeys multiple commands, including sit, stay, down, shake and sit pretty. He is good on leash and has good off-leash recall as well. He’s a good long-distance traveler in the car.
Toby loves to play fetch. He’s a big goofball who exhibits silly Husky behaviors like howling and catching flies.
Toby’s owners purchased him at 8 wks from a family who had both parents—his mother was a black/tan GSD and his father was a White Husky. His family truly loves this dog, but they are very social with lots of visitors and Toby’s unpredictable behavior w/ strangers in the house has created a dilemma. Further, they like to travel a lot and boarding Toby has become rather expensive. They feel that another family with more confidence dealing w/ Toby’s nipping behavior and less time traveling would provide a better home for him.
GSRSV has evaluated Toby and is placing him as a "Program Dog." This means that GSRSV is placing Toby through its adoption program while his owners continue to care for him.
Toby is located in Pleasanton. His adoption fee is $210.
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