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Our dogs rely entirely on donations, your donations help UK German Shepherd Rescue continue its work in helping the abused, neglected and unwanted German shepherd dogs & puppies in the United Kingdom.

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Currently in kennels in Sunderland.

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This handsome guy is Blue: originally came into rescue with another rescue after being collected at 3 months where he lived with his Mum and siblings in a coal cellar. One of the pups was dead but Blue was given a home by a young single Mum whose heart was in the right place but had neither the time or experience to give Blue what he needed. Consequently he spent 8 months in a crate which of course he outgrew. Since then Blue has been out on foster, in kennels and has had two spells in homes which sadly were not the right homes.

Blue is now 2 years of age: neutered: vaccinated: microchipped.

Blue is fine with people when he gets to know them. He can be excitable when he will jump up and mouth but he is calming down gradually. Although he is OK with children he really needs a home where he can be handled firmly and children could easily be hurt if he jumps up and mouths. He can be willfull and try to push the boundaries so he needs a home with one or two experienced and confident owners. He is not an aggressive dog and he has never bitten, but when he tries to push the boundaries he can be intimidating.

Blue has often been in the company of a confident GSD bitch: they have enjoyed the chase and a bit of rough and tumble. He has lived with another dog while in foster and could do again, but introductions would need to be handled carefully and there would need to be careful supervision until owners were confident that both dogs understood the boundaries. Might be best as an only dog and use other means to socialise. On walks he will ignore many dogs, but with others he can become wary and potentially reactive. Handled firmly this is not a real problem.

Not known with cats but I would suggest a feline free home.

Blue is being handled in a consistent manner by two of the kennel staff and two of our volunteers. Walks to heel on a loose leash. Off leash in the paddock his recall is really good even with more than one person and another dog present. Each day he is taken through a series of obedience exercises: sit; sit/stay; down; down/stay. His response can vary and is better after exercise, but when he is good he is very good. In a stay the handler can walk off 20 + yards and can also circle around him and other than a minor change of position to better keep the handler in view he stays. Currently working on an emergency stop but let's just say we're not quite ready to do it at the edge of a cliff.

Blue travels well either in the rear of an estate or on a rear seat.

Largely clean in kennels: housetraining would need attention in early stages but it has not been an issue when he has been in a home

Blue needs a home able to provide time, patience and one that will show absolute commitment: his next home needs to be forever. He needs to be in a home where he will be offered routine, appropriate exercise and continued training. If with more than one person each person needs to be confident and he needs to be handled consistently. No good cop/bad cop because he will respect the handler who handles him firmly and take the Michael and potentially intimidate the other handler. Treats should largely be used as reward: randomly on walks incorporating training and during training. The firm mantra of exercise, discipline and affection works well with Blue. He responds best when he has walked or run off some energy and the affection is best offered when the body and brain are tiring. Being loved by a high energy, excited Blue can feel like being mauled by a heavyweight wrestler. There you have it folks: anyone able to do better than his part time, 10 stone, pensioner Dad and the lady volunteer who handles him equally well.

Currently in kennels in Sunderland.
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