ROSCOE, IL: "Canelo" - 10 m/o neutered male - URGENT RESCUE/HOME/TRAINING NEEDED ASAP
Hi there, I just joined this forum barely a week ago (if that), excited and talking about the GSD I was rescuing but, unfortunately, and I feel a cad to say this so soon after getting him but I know my limitations and he is too much for me to handle.
This is not listed under 'Urgent' because he is not in a kill shelter. I do not intend to send him to any shelter because I believe his aggressive tendencies will have him almost immediately euthanized even in a low-kill environment.
However, this is an URGENT case, as I cannot keep him in my home with his behavioral issues. He needs a home with a highly experienced owner willing to help him work through his issues or a rescue that will house/work with him until they can place him with a foster who can continue his rehabilitation.
I got him from an owner who was giving him up after being hit by a car (other than a cut on his foot, which is largely healed, he escaped unscathed). I was told that he had minor behavioral issues; chewing, not housebroken, barking at cars, being excitable around dogs (though not aggressive according to the previous owner); and that he needed obedience training but overall he had a good disposition, was good with people and children, and just needed some direction.
I have found very quickly that this is NOT the case and he has many problems that need to be addressed ASAP. He is food aggressive, and has attempted to go after both my sister and our family dog either while he was eating or his food was being brought. He is gate aggressive when being left in a run or outdoor pen. Because of my job and volunteer work, and because he has not acclimated himself towards anyone but myself I have had to bring him with me wherever I go, I have had to put him in both and on both occasions he has attempted to bite me when trying to close him into the run or pen. Although he does not do so when being crated (though does attempt to 'headbutt' the door open while trying to close it). Also possibly fence aggressive, he would not bark at me when I approached, however, he would when other people passed by him in the outdoor pen.
I believe he also definitely has some fear aggression as well as some dominant/aggressive issues. Since bringing him home, introducing him to other people, he would wag his tail and put his ears back, lick, then snap, charge, bark, and attempt to bite. Because I restrain him and he is unable to reach his target of aggression, he will displace his temper towards the nearest object (pillow, tablecloth, etc). With me, he does not display food aggression or fear aggression, but is attempting dominant behaviors like mouthing if I go to push him off the couch after he has jumped up. I DO NOT allow such behaviors, or any of the behaviors above, and correct until he backs down/submits but he is constantly pushing the boundaries and no one else in my house is able or willing to handle him. I have had to keep him tethered to me with a lead constantly since bringing him home and have started him on a pinch collar when on-leash, which seems to be helping.
He does not know or respond to his name. I believe he had little to no socialization and very limited interaction with his previous owner.
He has also never lived in a house before until now, so he has no house manners. Attempts to chew and pick up anything an everything and tries to jump up on furniture. I have been working with him on the house breaking and he is actually doing very well, has not had an accident yet and seems to understand so far outside is 'potty-time.' Though he still adjusting, he is doing better in the crate. He walks very well on the lead with the pinch, but I'm not sure how he would respond to his worst distraction (cars) as I have just started him on it.
I have had him neutered, he is up-to-date on all his shots, and have had him checked and cleared for all blood parasites. He is purebred, but not registered with the AKC.
I really think this guy could be a great dog, he has a lot of potential, but he NEEDS training that I am unfortunately unable to provide.
If you, or anyone you know, or any rescue you know of, would be willing to take and give him the work he needs, PLEASE respond to this post immediately and we can get in contact and work out the details of his rehoming.
URGENT. I CANNOT keep him much longer.
((I will post a picture of him later. He is an absolutely beautiful dog))
P.S. Roscoe is actually in Northern Illinois... When I posted my introduction I was thinking of Central Standard Time and said I lived in Central Illinois on accident. But I would be willing to transport him, or at least meet halfway for the right home!