Bay Area German Shepherd Rescue
  • Male
  • 1-3 years
  • Adopted Jun 9, 2016
  • Good with Cats? No
  • Good with Dogs? Both
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Willson is a large affectionate male German Shepherd who was picked up by animal control. Based on his demeanor and the condition of his teeth we estimate he is under 2 years old. He is a tall dog who currently weighs 80 pounds and he will need to put on a few more pounds before he fills out.

Willson arrived at his foster home on June 3rd. Our early observations suggest that he has lived as an indoor dog. He is house trained and uses the dog door to go outside as needed. He readily walks into his crate at meal time and sits quietly waiting to be released when he is done. He has some experience with basic commands, he quickly sits for treats and will down for a treat with a hand signal. He has a soft mouth when taking a treat and is not possessive of food.

Like most rescue dogs Willson needs some brushing up on indoor manners. He will jump on the bed and needs some monitoring for food on counters, but for the most part he is very good in the house. So far he has not chewed or appropriated any of his foster mom’s belongings.

In his foster home Willson is living with an adult male GSD. During their meeting all of the dog communications from Willson were respectful of his older sibling, showing him a wagging tail and submissive body stance. It was obvious he was happy to meet another dog. Once they were allowed to play they quickly bonded and if you didn’t know better it seems that they’ve known each other all their lives. 

During Willson’s evaluation at the shelter he was gentle when he met a 5 month old puppy. The folks at animal control told us he lived with dogs in the past.

Willson seems to know about car rides. He easily jumps into the back of a pickup truck and during the ride to his foster home he was quiet and did not get sick when traveling over windy mountain roads. This big boy loves to go for leash walks. He is interested in other dogs that he sees and will pull to try to meet them but he is respectful and is not reactive.  Because he is a very strong dog we walk him using a prong collar until he learns not to pull

Based on our early impressions on this big boy we feel that Willson would love to live with another dog in his forever home. We have not observed any significant prey drive but we were told he does not do well with cats.

Willson is living at a foster home in La Honda.  He is a courtesy posting for the team at GSRNC.  If you are interested in learning more about Willson you can contact them via their website by clicking here! 

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