Max is a purebred German shepherd dog that has just turned 3 years old. He is still very young and has the energy to prove it yet he can settle down in the home easily when asked. He can be excitable without proper leadership and firmness and is currently working on self control when people come to the front door. He barks aggressively and jumps at the door. This natural, protective nature needs to be addressed in a positive way. He is much better when meeting people outside but if he is introduced to people already in the home he is fine. The door scenario and energy it feeds has not been addressed yet and needs to be. German shepherd dogs can be territorial and protective by nature so he just needs proper guidance.
In the beginning he showed more assertive tendencies towards the kids in the home... nudging, mouthing, and guarding but now he does much better about listening to them. He still tries to lay in front of people, nudge them with his butt like his herding breed naturally wants to do, and be a bit pushy when seeking attention. These behaviors are neither appreciated nor good for Max to be allowed to continue. His idea of the current pack order puts him near the top and always challenging, but with proper guidance and a leader who is alpha he will learn quickly.
Birth date: 3/7/2014
Good with older kids
Knows several commands
Good with cats: unknown, not been around cats
Not used to being around other dogs but acts well on walks when he sees other dogs
Medium energy level
Enjoys being inside with family more than outside alone
Since he lives with kids who are 7 and 9 they have friends coming over, and so a trainer was hired to help with his assertive behaviors. He had an incident with a neighbor boy who has very high energy and did not respect the breed and it's capabilities. The boy had a staring contest with the dog and Max nipped him causing one stitch to be needed. Max was required to be quarantined per city law but the owners asked if he could spend that time at their trusted and loved vets office instead, and they agreed thankfully. Again, this breed is not a Lab or Golden Retriever which have much more laid back temperaments, so experienced handlers are a must for Max. He is actually a very gentle, sweet dog who likes tummy rubs and loves learning- but a German shepherd dog is a breed that can not be underestimated even for a moment.
The time spent in training was effective in addressing many of his issues, but there is still much work that needs to be done Max, especially being more controlled with people approaching/greetings at the front door and some slight separation anxiety at times.
Unfortunately, it is in the family’s and Max’s best interest to re-home Max. Max is a very lovable dog, and he behaves well around other dogs. He just needs someone with enough time and energy to put into making him the best dog he can be. His traits of protection/guarding are not his fault, and his seemingly aggressive behaviors are most likely due to lack of experienced and calm leadership. He needs a home where he would get daily runs or exercise and where an owner would enjoy taking him to weekly training classes. If you feel like you can afford the time, money and effort a dog like Max takes, then please contact us below.
Any interested families will be vetted and a small adoption fee is required. Any applicant must have knowledge of the German shepherd dog breed and it's needs, as well as training experience with Shepherds. We want this next home to be his last.
Please apply at email@example.com and include your training experience in your e-mail request. He is located in San Antonio and will be adopted to those who live close to that area. There will be no out of state adoptions and homes without cats are highly recommended. Max has enough to work on without "prey" running around the home.
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