I successfully rehabbed a gigantic male GSD who had been chained to a tree and beaten with a metal baseball bat. They broke his ribs and a couple of his teeth. He had to have his tail amputated due to the severe trauma.
It took us (me and my husband) about 1 1/2 years to get Max ready to be adopted. He still could not be trusted with teenage boys (that is because it was three teenage hoodlums who tortured him) but we turned him around with everything else. The guy who adopted claimed he was the dog of a lifetime.
Time, love, patience, consistency and training are what she needs. We have turned around so many frightened dogs over the years. I adopted the one that we could not fix. I could never trust her not to try and bite someone if she had the opportunity. She was poorly bred and lived in a dark, windowless garage for the first year of life. She trusts us, but no one else.
If you get this poor girl, I wish you the best. All of the messed up dogs that we have fostered have really appreciated the kindness they received here.
It also helps if you have a calm, confident dog of your own that can set a good example for her.
Yours in GSDs and rescue,
Good Dogs for Good Homes
Virginia German Shepherd Rescue
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