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Greta

German Shepherd Dog

8 years, 4 months
Large  |  Female

Williston, VT

 

These two girls were our first children. We are sadly needing to re-home them due to our son having significant allergic reactions to dogs. Frida and Greta are two wonderfully affectionate and classically loyal pure bred German Shepherds. They are a year apart and have grown up together. They will need to be ADOPTED AS A PAIR as Greta, the less confident of the two (on the right in photo), greatly depends on Frida (on the left, darker face in photo) to feel secure. Frida and Greta would do well with someone looking for companion dogs to keep them company when they are home. They are fully house trained, can be left for a full working day if needed, and are very content to sleep on furniture most of the day. They enjoy each other's company but enjoy people's company more. They love being pet, talked to, played with, and also just being in your vicinity while you read, go on facebook, etc. Dogs and kids: They would likely do best in a home with no other dogs and no young children. They have never been asked to live with another, already established dog so it's hard to say how it would go- likely it could be done but it's hard to predict. They did live with a GSD puppy (guide dog pup) for about 6 months- that went extremely well. Frida loved him and was very good at balancing play with teaching boundaries. Greta was unsure but seemed to have moments of enjoying more and more as the months went on (and as we set boundaries for what he could and could not do with her). They currently live with our 1 year old son. They have never shown aggression toward him (even when he grabbed Frida by the jowl and we had to pry him off of her) but they do actively avoid him (will move to a different room if he enters a room). Frida will sometimes put her open mouth above him and make some noise- similar to the way she might 'correct' a puppy. She is easily re-directed and it never has gone past that. They mostly object to the fact that he enjoys chasing them and grabbing their fur. I think as our son learns the rules of how to be respectful of dogs better (we're working on it) that they would be okay with him. They have been comfortable around older children (3-5) who ignore them or pet gently. Health: Neither dog has any major health problems. Both have dry skin. Frida's ears need frequent cleaning. Both dogs have had an ear hemotoma that was surgically dealt with. Frida has a fatty cell tumor on her back that has gotten bigger but does not seem to bother her. They eat 2.5 c/day of Iams Adult food, broken into 3 meals with a milkbone and piece of Pupperoni at each meal (yes, they are shepherds and couldn't just eat it plain!). Exercise: Frida and Greta are used to a good session of fetch daily/every other day in the yard. They love squeaky toys! We have a fenced in yard- Greta would never leave the yard but Frida would certainly wander without a fence (fortunately she mostly 'runs way' at a walk and enjoys being caught). Both dogs have been off leash hiking- Greta loves it, Frida will feign injury at about the 40 minute mark and then make a full recovery as soon as we turn around. Frida walks very well on leash using a balance harness but will start dragging her feet after about a mile but she does seem to enjoy short walks. Greta is harder to walk on leash as she has very low social and environmental confidence and will do a lot of avoidance sniffing (which includes pulling to things)- her confidence would have to be raised significantly for her to enjoy leash walks. Housemanners: Both dogs have excellent house manners. They do go on furniture because we have allowed that but are not persistent (if you put something on the couch like a big pillow to block them). They are not destructive, do not chew, etc. They will take food if it's on the floor and may consider something on a very low coffee table if left unattended but will not jump up and take things. Crating/being left alone: Frida is excellent being left- she can be left in or out of the crate. Greta needs to be left with Frida in order to feel okay. If left alone without Frida, she needs to be crated and will howl and show signs of significant anxiety. When crated next to Frida she does fine. Typically, when concerned about anything, both dogs feel most comfortable in their crates. Both are very good at going into their crates whenever asked.

Compatibility: Not Good with Cats, Good with Adults (Not Kids)
Personality: Low Energy, Average Temperament
Health: Spayed, Vaccinations Current

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