IAN was an owner surrender with his brother and sister to the shelter in Texas. Their story is that the owner had the mother dog, who got stolen, he reported the theft to the police and when the police located the dog she was pregnant. She gave birth and the owner kept three pups, 2 males and 1 female. He turned them into the shelter when they was around 8 months of age as he didn't have time for them.
When IAN and his siblings arrived at the rescue they were extremely scared. The transport had said that they wouldn't come out of their crates at the stops and were just very fearful. Since being at the rescue they have started to warm up, it is just a matter of them building up confidence.
Ian is the most confident of his siblings, but still is very wary, it is obvious he really wants to come up and get some love and affection, but he is not yet there in his confidence to do so. It really is just a matter of time of letting him see interaction with other dogs so that he can see that humans are safe. Each time I go into his kennel he will run out but come immediately back in, wagging his tail and inching closer each time. I do believe that in a safe, secure home environment with a family that has the time and patience to work with him and let him build up his trust in his own time, he will come round in a short period of time. He just needs to be able to do it in his own time and in his own way so that he isn't having anyone forced upon him.
Needless to say he is not leash trained and when I took her to be neutered I had to carry him to and from the car and into the vets. He has never shown any kind of aggression, just fear and the staff at the vets said he was very sweet and was fine when they was handling him preparing her for surgery.
He is located in the kennel building and does share a pen and run with his brother and is fine with other dogs. He does use the dog door to go out into the run to do his business, however, I do not know if he is house trained, but he is a smart boy and knows to go outside, so a little time teaching him to let you know he needs to go out is probably all he will need.
IAN is a young boy and when he has gained confidence and can start enjoying life, he will need an active family. He is an intelligent dog and so along with lots of physical exercise he will need the same level of mental stimulation too. He would benefit from a family that is able to take him on lots of road trips and adventures on hikes, to the lake, the beach and anywhere he can enjoy and explore the sights, sounds and smells the world has to offer.
He will need a family that understands the importance of training and we encourage all families to work on basic and advanced training as a family so that boundaries and expectations can be set and both Ian and his humans can learn each others body language and personalities and form a stronger bond and understanding of each other.
Ian does need a special family with time, patience and understand to help him gain trust and confidence and who can be extra careful to make sure he can't run off or escape, however, when he has gained that trust I feel he will be a wonderful addition to any family with a very strong loving bond that will make all the extra effort so very much worth while.
IAN is available for adoption from Give a Dog a Home, German Shepherd Dog Rescue for an adoption fee of $500.
This fee is not negotiable and is used to cover the rescue costs of pulling, vetting, health certificate, transport from Texas to Maine, monthly preventatives, supplements, food and anything else that is needed.
If you feel that you have the heart and home to give this precious soul a wonderful life, please go to our website, under the APPLICATION tab, complete, then submit the APPLICATION. Our process takes around 2-4 days, and ensuring your references are aware that we will be calling, could speed up the process. Once you have been approved, we discuss any questions in regards to the dog you are wanting to adopt, then you complete and submit the contract, make payment and then we can work out the pick up / transport arrangements.
Please do NOT submit an application if you are not looking to take home a new best friend within the next few weeks.
IAN is located at the rescue in Sebec, Maine. We post in various states along the east coast and Canada where we have had lots of successful adoptions to enable more exposure for these beautiful saved souls. Families will need to be prepared to travel to the rescue to meet and take home their new best friend. Sebec is located just outside the towns of Dover-Foxcroft and Milo (approx 8 miles) and approx 45 miles from Bangor. There are also lots of hotels, motels, pet friendly accommodations and wonderful camp-sites for the more adventurous families and what a great way to get to know your new best friend. If there are options to arrange transport, we will work with you to make it happen.
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