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Rescue Group: German Shepherd Rescue of Northern California-Fresno
|Breed:||German Shepherd Dog Mix||Color:||Black - With Tan, Yellow Or Fawn||Age:||Adult|
|Size:||Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)||Sex:||Male|
Julius is a 5-year old, black and tan, male GSD. He was found running feral in East San Jose and subsequently picked up by San Jose Animal Care and Control. Since being in foster care, Jules has made great progress and blossomed into a wonderful, loving dog. He had a rough start recovering from a staph infection from his neglect as a stray, but responded well to medication and his skin condition is now excellent; he has a beautiful black, shiny coat.
He has overcome his ordeal of being alone on the streets, and has made great strides in overcoming his shyness. However, time and patience is still needed until you have gained his trust and he feels comfortable with his surroundings. It is clear that this boy had experienced some kind of heavy-handed corrections in his past life. He continues to progress every day and appreciates the opportunity for a new beginning. He will follow you wherever you go, is happy just being near, and will lie down quietly. He is a very well-mannered, non-destructive German Shepherd, who will make a great addition to any home looking for a good hangout companion dog.
He hasn’t shown much interest in toys, but this may change in time. He loves to go on walks, does not pull on the lead, and rides well in the car uncrated. In his early days with Rescue, some coaxing was needed when getting in the car, but is now quite comfortable jumping in from the back. He is housetrained and settles well when inside. He has also overcome his fear of being placed in the crate, and will go in willing with a gentle request, and once in, settles nicely. When it comes to meal time, he is fed in his crate, and for a tasty meal, he jumps right in.
Because Jules is such a low key dog, we discontinued use of the crate, except for feeding. He has been allowed to sleep at the bedside, where he is most comfortable. He remains there throughout the night with no problem. He is interacting well with his foster male siblings, and at times solicited play with another 10 month old male foster pup, and is tolerating a 10 week old female puppy. Because of his past issues, we have not done extensive obedience training with him. He has attended only two classes, and he behaved beautifully. At this point, we continue to work on only basic obedience commands. He is responsive to very simple corrections, and is learning how to focus on his human. His food motivation has helped during training sessions. While he has a soft mouth, and takes treats gently, at times he will try to snatch food from your hand, so caution is a must. He will also counter surf if given the opportunity. Because Julius is not a nuisance barker (but does have a great alarm bark), he has earned the right to remain in the yard with our older dogs during the day, and seems to enjoy being outside with his new friends when we are gone. He might be a dog that could be trusted inside; however, this has not been tested. He has shown too much interest with the resident kitties and exotic birds, therefore, a home without small critters will be needed. Because of his shyness, a calm, quiet, adult home is recommended.
Julius is a Level 2 being fostered in the Santa Cruz mountains.
Your first step to adopt any of our wonderful German Shepherds is to complete our
Adoption Questionnaire . While you're on our website take a moment and view the other adoptable German Shepherds .
After we receive your online Adoption Questionnaire, we will call you to begin the adoption process. We encourage potential adopters to come to one or more Adoption Days, because that is the best way to meet several German Shepherds and to find your new companion. If you attend an Adoption Day and choose a dog, you may be able to adopt the same day, if all adoption requirements are met.
If you cannot come to any Adoption Day, we can still assist you, this may take longer because the people who will help you are volunteers who usually have jobs, and scheduling meetings with dogs can be complex because our dogs live in many homes and kennels.
We do not adopt to homes outside of Northern California.