My shelter pulled this gorgeous boy from a neighboring shelter today. Here's his story. He is an AKC registered GSD from Vom Haus Leck Kennels in NC. He was purchased by a well-meaning, yet uninformed grandmother and given to her 9 year old grandson as a gift....against his mother's wishes. Starting to see the problem? So Liam (FKA Poncho) grew up in a 10x10 kennel outside with no training and very little interaction with his 9 year old "owner." The boy's mother brought the dog to the shelter about a month ago when the weather got particularly cold because she didn't want to have to go out in the yard and take care of the dog anymore.
Liam was recently fostered (with an eye toward adoption) by a man who is part of a police force and thought that he wanted a GSD. He told the shelter workers (who were hesitant to place him in the home) that he had Canine Dog Trainers on the force who were going to help him. He returned Liam 4 days later because he deemed him to be "aggressive" and "untrainable." When asked about the alledged aggression, he told the shelter manager that Liam placed himself between him and anyone else approaching and that he interpreted this as being aggressive. (SMH here.) He also said that Liam did not want to go inside at all and that he cried all night for the three nights he was inside his house because he wanted to be outside. He said Liam had no recall at all and that he believed him to be completely untrainable. The shelter manager was relieved that he was returned.
The former shelter is a very small shelter that has a pretty high euth rate due mainly to size constraints. Their kennel runs are quite small (maybe 3x5?) When I arrived to get Liam, he did seem to be what we call "kennel crazed." He was attempting to circle in his small space and was very fretful, but he did lick my hand and sit when I told him to. We put him (reluctantly) in a travel crate and transported him home to our shelter. When we got back I immediately took him to our fenced in park and turned him loose. (He is so-so on a leash, btw...not loose leash but also he doesn't pull your arm out of socket.) He ran the perimeter several times, did a lot of sniffing, took a poop/pee and then came immediately to me when I called
He does try to jump up and hug but is easily stopped. By the time we left him for the night he was sitting on command, focusing intently on the employee that was working with him (she has a lot of experience with GSDs) and taking a treat gently from her hand after starting out "snatching" the food.
I believe he is very highly trainable. He showed no interest in the shelter cat at all and did not respond to the other kenneled dogs when we led him down the hallway. Of course they were all barking at him since he was "fresh meat" on the hall.
I have some pics but they are very small and do not do him justice. I will take some of my own tomorrow. He is sable with slightly penciled toes. He has quite a lot of red in his coat.
For those of you who know all about pedigrees and such, I have his AKC registration form and his number is: DN36969503. The form was never filled out by the first owner. She handed it over to the shelter along with the dog.
INDI OSTERBURG VOM HAUS LECK CD (DN01696001) (11-03) OFA26F AKC DNA #V278441
VOM HAUS LECK BOUDICCA'S VENGEANCE-DN28958701 906-120
I think he is a very trainable dog who definitely needs someone who has the time and means to put in some work with him. He is very handsome and very, very affectionate.
If anyone is interested you can call the shelter at 828-682-9510 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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