Grizzly has been somewhat insecure since he was a puppy, showing fear of other dogs and strangers as early as a week after he was brought home from a breeder. As he has grown older, his insecurity has manifested itself as aggression at times. He has become very protective of his territory, and has charged at a few people inside the house. Joe's wife has a fear of dogs and Grizzly has reacted to that and bit her one night when she caught him off guard.
Grizzly takes a long time to develop trust of new people, but once he does, he's very affectionate. Grizzly was brought to a board & train facility in Hollister for a week in May, and it took him 3-4 days to warm up to the female trainer there. Once he did warm up, though, he was reportedly like "a lap dog." The trainer felt that Grizzly needs an adopter who is willing to spend a lot of time with him, emphasizing positive reinforcement. I agree.
Grizzly lives with an 8-yo female Beagle mix and is fine with her. It is new dogs that he has issues with. Grizzly did charge aggressively towards some of the GSRSV dogs at my rescue ranch, but each time retreated immediately upon my voice correction. Tony was not vocally rebuking Grizzly, which is likely the primary reason that Grizzly has developed poor social skills w/ other dogs. There were never any fights nor did Grizzly even bite any of the dogs. Eventually, Grizzly became accustomed to the other dogs and no longer charged at them. In fact, he became quite comfortable with the other dogs and allowed them to approach Tony's dad Joe with no problem while I sat across from him. (Tony remained in the car, as Grizzly is much more protective of Tony than he is of Joe.)
In my opinion, Grizzly's aggressiveness towards strange dogs is primarily fear-based, and could be overcome with a combination of regular socialization and a firm, in-control owner. Grizzly is actually not very reactive towards other dogs when he's being walked on leash, though Joe does put Grizzly into a "down/stay" when other dogs are visible in order to ensure that Grizzly does not get worked up.
Grizzly is housetrained and well behaved inside. He rides great in the car. He walks well on leash and is quick to obey commands.
Grizzly is definitely a "project dog", and at that, one that only a person with considerable GSD experience should consider taking on. He is worth it, though. If you saw the devotion Grizzly shows towards Tony, you would understand that Grizzly's capacity for love is what he is truly about.
GSRSV has evaluated Grizzly and is placing him as a "Program Dog." This means that GSRSV is placing Grizzly through its adoption program while his owner guardians continues to care for him.
Grizzly is located in Clayton, near Concord His adoption fee is $260.
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