Meet An Adoptable Dog
Breed: German Shepherd Dog / Siberian Husky (long coat)
Weight: Estimated 52 lbs
Height: est 24" at the shoulder
Estimated Birthdate: 7/8/2017
Fence Needed: Yes, Dawson is a young, large breed dog and needs room to play. He also needs the security of a fence that he can not escape. Dawson likes to go on walk about all by himself and has to be watched. Dawson can open gates with his nose. You have to stay with him in the yard and your gates must have clips on them to keep this smart guy from taking himself out of the yard. He does not climb or dig out of his own yard. He is in a a 5' high farm fence and this happily contains him.
Location: Foster Home in Pacolet, SC
Reason for being in rescue: Stray, found at CPR employee's house
Special Needs: This dog was lightly heartworm positive when he came in. We had him on a monthly preventative and is now heartworm free!!!
What kind of home would be best for me: Not for a first time dog owner. Dawson has a puppy personality and needs basic training. He would do best in a home with no small animals. He is living with two toy poodles and doing well but his foster mom is very dog savvy and knows how to keep his energy channeled in the right direction. He would love a larger dog to play with. Oreo S'moreo, also up for adoption, is his BFF in the play yards. Dawson is used to a lot of human interaction and needs someone who is not going to leave him in a crate more than 2 hours at a time. He gets bored easily and he will figure out how to escape. A best case scenario would a home school family with children over 8 years old or a recent retiree who is looking for a best buddy and has lots of time to spend.
What is my personality like: Dawson is believed to be a Shepherd/Husky mix and is only estimated to be around 1 year old. Dawson is a happy go lucky guy always looking for someone to give hugs to. He doesn't think twice about sticking his paw up for hand shakes or jumping on you for nose kisses. He is problem solving smart, and all that intelligence needs to be coached and directed. He needs a job and he will thrive. He's not a couch potato kind of guy.
Dawson has a very high energy level. His foster mom's fondest wish for him is someone retired from police work or military work with canines and that has had much dog training experience and wants to keep their skills sharp. Dawson would absolutely thrive with someone who wanted to try many of the canine activities available today. His foster mom thinks he would thrive at nosework. She also thinks he would enjoy lure coursing and barn hunting and maybe even weight pulling.
He has a strong prey drive and a nose that knows all. He could also do great with a fun, active family to play with or with an outdoors kind of person who runs, hikes, and camps. We could see Dawson hiking the Appalachian Trail and being Mr. Adventure (but always on leash). So far he has gotten along with the dogs that he has came into contact with, but is too rough and curious for very small animals. He walks well on a leash using a front lead harness. With a regular harness he would pull. He loves to ride in a car and never gets car sick. He is used to travelling in a seat belt harness. We know this guy will move his way into a families heart very quickly, given the chance!
How do I act when I first meet new people: He loves strangers, he loves them so much he even walked up and introduced himself to our groomer when he was a stray. That got him a foster home.
Tips and Tidbits: Estimated Birthdate: 7/8/2017. Dawson is in a foster home with our groomer. She is teaching him the joys of sleeping in the bed, riding in the car and going to Petco to shop. He has learned sit, shake and down. He is reacting very well to all this teaching and mastering his new skills. Dawson comes to the farm each day that his foster mom works to socialize with other dogs and romp and play in our fields. He is getting a well rounded education on how to be a great pet.
Dawson would be destructive if left unsupervised in the house. Destructive fun includes getting into the trash, he stares hard at the guinea pigs that he can't reach. He will counter surf. Latest theft was a bag of taco shells when his foster mom was grocery shopping. He needs a strong crate to hold him. He's happy in a plastic heavy duty vari kennel with a chewy while you are out grocery shopping or otherwise engaged.
House trained: Dawson is in a foster home and he has never had an accident in the house. He is supervised at all times when he is in the house. His foster mom says he does not offer to life his leg and mark ever. He sleeps sounding but if his family gets up to go potty in the middle of the night, he's a good boy and goes outside, too. Dogs can be house trained if they are in the right environment and are allowed to follow a schedule as long as a physical reason doesn't keep them from being trained. A dog house trained in my home may not be in yours. We will help you teach your new dog this necessary skill and based on your schedule.
Please note - we do not ship or transport our dogs. If you are interested in adopting a dog, take a look at the distance between the dog's location and your location and make sure you are able to make the trip.
Thank you for your interest in a dog who needs a new home. This description contains all that we currently know about this dog. We have no perfect dogs - but many of our dogs have proven to be perfect for a certain someone. We urge all of our potential adopters not to fall in love with a picture. When screening applications, we look at the entire home and then make suggestions based on what would be a good fit for your home. You are not being screened for a specific dog although we are looking to see what type of dog interests you - poodles or non poodles, age, temperament, personality, etc. Our goal is to match you with the best possible pet for you and your home. We want to create furever families.
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