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My daughter and I went to a local GSD rescue and met a handsome young pup we'd like to rescue. The trainer kindly offered to bring him to our home so that he can meet my husband, son and our Husky this week. My concern is that he said the dog doesn't like to be rubbed/petted on this back as he seems to have some sensitivity (nerve sentivity?). The dog is 1-2 years old and is seemingly happy and spunky. I feel like I should be very concerned but no one at the rescue seemed concerned. Oh and I'll add that i don't think he's a purebred. He has a very different look. Thoughts? Thank you in advance for your help!
 

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I don't think I would be overly concerned about that, honestly. German shepherds are not always dogs that love to be pet anyway, even the super stable dogs. Plus, if this guy is a rescue, it's possible that he just doesn't trust strange people petting his back. He may calm down and have no issues with you touching him after he settles into your family and builds trust and a bond with you. If everything goes well and you don't see any other red flags, I would go ahead with it.
 

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Are your children old enough to know not to touch the dog a certain way? Is your Husky very playful and will likely jump on this dog's back? I would see if you can brush this dog when the trainer brings him. If you cannot do anything on his back, I would pass (if I had kids and another dog)
 

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I don't think I would be overly concerned about that, honestly. German shepherds are not always dogs that love to be pet anyway, even the super stable dogs. Plus, if this guy is a rescue, it's possible that he just doesn't trust strange people petting his back. He may calm down and have no issues with you touching him after he settles into your family and builds trust and a bond with you. If everything goes well and you don't see any other red flags, I would go ahead with it.
Thank you for your reply. It was actually the trainer who told us that his back is sensitive, it was not something I discovered from petting him. His trainer has been working with him for 2 months and the dog is very comfortable with him. I really want to give the dog a chance, I just dont want to adopt a dog with a degenerative issue, ya know!
 

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Are your children old enough to know not to touch the dog a certain way? Is your Husky very playful and will likely jump on this dog's back? I would see if you can brush this dog when the trainer brings him. If you cannot do anything on his back, I would pass (if I had kids and another dog)
My kids are 12 and 15, so no issue there. My Husky is 14 months and extremely playful, so yes it could be an issue. I guess seeing how they do when they meet is important and I like the brushing idea.
 

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I would get a specialist vet look at him, and get a clean bill of health before taking him. Maybe it is behavioral, which you can fix but it is uncertain right now.
 

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Check the vet records to see if the rescue had any diagnostics done on the dog's spine. Try to get more information on the background. If it's a recent injury and is likely to heal and be better, that's great. If nothing has been done and they don't know why this dog has this sensitivity, I would be very concerned.
 

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I would get a specialist vet look at him, and get a clean bill of health before taking him. Maybe it is behavioral, which you can fix but it is uncertain right now.
Check the vet records to see if the rescue had any diagnostics done on the dog's spine. Try to get more information on the background. If it's a recent injury and is likely to heal and be better, that's great. If nothing has been done and they don't know why this dog has this sensitivity, I would be very concerned.
On my way home from the rescue the issue was bothering me and I wanted to chat about it further. I called the person who was listed as the "medical" contact. She knew nothing about his back and could be heard asking others in the office if they knew what I was talking about. It sounds like they only work with a dog's medical conditions if they are obvious and serious. Like I guess an obviously broken leg or gaping wound. I dont want to spend $150 on an exam and xray for a dog before it's even mine yet, as the adoption fee is another $350. Maybe the shelter will work with me on the adoption fee to help cover the vet fees???
 

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It sounds like this issue is more than just a bonding issue then. I think you're right to be cautious. I'm sure the rescue would be willing to work with you on diagnostics if you told them that you would really like to adopt him, but you're worried about health issues with his back. I think it would be beneficial for you to speak more with the trainer about this in depth and find out why exactly they haven't figured out what's causing this if they have known about it for two months.
 

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Someone needs to examine the dog. You can return him if you change your mind but you are out the cost of the vet exam.
It sounds like this issue is more than just a bonding issue then. I think you're right to be cautious. I'm sure the rescue would be willing to work with you on diagnostics if you told them that you would really like to adopt him, but you're worried about health issues with his back. I think it would be beneficial for you to speak more with the trainer about this in depth and find out why exactly they haven't figured out what's causing this if they have known about it for two months.
I agree with you both. I definitely don't think this should ignored or made light of, like I feel as though they're trying to do. They're a very reputable rescue so I'm surprised by this. I'm going to tell the trainer that before I will consider adopting him, I want his back checked out for peace of mind.
 
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