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Private Party Dogs

The following dogs are available through private parties and are NOT associated with Golden State German Shepherd Rescue; they are listed here as a courtesy. Golden State German Shepherd Rescue has not evaluated these dogs and does not make any claims about or take any responsibility for the temperament or health of any dog listed. Please contact the person indicated in the listing for more information about each dog.

Private Party Dogs Available



        Gender: Female
        Age: 11 months
        Level: 2.5 (View level descriptions)

        Haylen is a dog that Lori Hamilton’s Dog Training rescued and has been living with Lori and Dallas Hamilton since she was 4 months old. She is now 11 months old.  She is crate trained, potty trained, does place work in the house, and knows all her commands very well...

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        Dog added on: January 14, 2018 12:05:44

        PRIVATE PARTY DOG: 11.10.2017

        This is Sadie - Owner is looking for a new home for her with someone who can help out with Sadies issues. From her owner "

        Sadie is a gorgeous female GSD, approximately 2 1/2 years old. She is spayed, up to date on all vaccinations, and in excellent health. Our family adopted her from a local shelter in early June 2017 and spent all summer with her, evaluating her for our lifestyle. Very little is known of her background other than the fact that she had a microchip, but her owners did not claim her from the shelter and she was found wandering in a campground in May. Our home consists of mom, dad, 13 year old son, 10 year old son, and two cats. Although she has a very sweet demeanor and is very smart, we have been unable to handle a couple of her issues successfully. As such, we are hoping to find a better situation for her.

        The good stuff: This sweet girl adores kids of all ages, although she is still “puppyish” not being aware of her own strength and size, so close supervision around infants and toddlers is recommended. She is actually happiest when romping around the house and yard with the kids. She is house trained with a pet door, will rest comfortably in an open crate, but panics when locked in. Although fully capable, she has not attempted to jump the fence in the yard nor dig her way out. She is not a barker, but reacts with a couple of intimidating barks at the doorbell. She walks well on a harness, but will fixate on cats if she sees them. While on leash, dominant dogs are usually aggressive toward her. She loves car rides and made it from Manteca to Yosemite and back without any car sickness.

        Her issues: Like many solitary dogs, she suffers from some separation anxiety. She also has a fear of men, acting very submissive and often urinating randomly when alone with the man of the house or visitors (who are always extra kind to her, to no avail.) When mom and/or kids are around, there is no issue at all. She is also fearful of dominant dogs who must sense her fear. She has been attacked at the dog park and is often growled at by other dogs, even though she is submissive. She has, although, had a few successful playdates with a very passive female lab, even relaxing enough to play and walk beside her on a leash. Group training sessions, however, were difficult as she was very anxious around the other dogs. She has a moder

        ate prey drive, which makes life challenging for our cats so we have to keep them separated when we are not home. Lizards, gophers, birds, and stray cats are all sport as far as she is concerned. Sadie is probably a Level 2 dog.

        We do not feel we have the ability to overcome her unexplained fears and are hoping to find an owner for her that will be able to help her more than we are able to at this time. In the meantime, she is welcome in our home and we will continue working with her to the best of our limited ability"

        If you are interested in meeting Sadie, please contact Kelly Nelson (707) 478-7705  

        For Owners Looking to Rehome Their Dogs

        If you are a dog owner looking to rehome your dog, you may find the following information useful to help you successfully find a new home for your dog.

        For Prospective Owners Looking to Adopt a German Shepherd

        Prospective owners can take a number of steps to help them find the right dog for their lifestyle. Keep in mind that most shelter and rescue dogs have unknown histories and therefore are relatively unpredictable in behavior. It is important that prospective owners find out as much about a dog as possible, and objectively consider if they have the right lifestyle for that particular dog, before making a commitment to adopt it. The following information may be useful to help determine if a new dog is a good fit for you, your family, and your friends.

        You may also find the information on our website on Is a GSD Right for You, Finding the Right Dog, When You Bring Your New Dog Home, and After You Bring Your New Dog Home - The Adjustment Period useful information to help you select the right dog and then integrate it into your life.