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Name: Petra SF      Available Now
Age: 7 year(s)
female, spayed
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Adoption Process

Our adoption process is designed to help you and the right dog find each other. Our goal is to place each dog into a permanent, safe, and loving home.

To adopt a German Shepherd Dog from us, you must:

1. Live in Northern California.
2. Complete an Adoption Questionnaire, either online, or by mail. If you do not own your home, you must also have your landlord complete the Landlord Letter.
3. Be interviewed by an adoption counselor.  
4. Allow a home visit by an adoption counselor.
5. Be approved for adoption.
6. Choose, and be chosen by, the right dog.
7. With our approval, sign our Adoption Agreement, and pay the associated fee.

After we receive your online Adoption Questionnaire, we will call you to begin the adoption process. We encourage potential adopters to come to one or more Adoption Days, because that is the best way to meet several German Shepherds and to find your new companion. If you attend an Adoption Day and choose a dog, you may be able to adopt the same day, if all adoption requirements are met.

If you cannot come to any Adoption Day, we can still assist you, this may take longer because the people who will help you are volunteers who usually have jobs, and scheduling meetings with dogs can be complex because our dogs live in many homes and kennels.

 

Petra SF's Story:

Around 7 years old, Petra S.F. is a beautiful 65 pound black and tan female German Shepherd with a lovely soft coat. She was first adopted from GSRNC as a puppy and returned when her family could no longer keep her. Over a year ago, Petra was adopted again only to return to us one more time. The adopter felt like she was too attached to him, and was anxious and insecure.

Now that we have her back, one of her first steps was a session of training so that we could assess what she needs. Petra did great during her first class. She is very responsive, thrives on praise, and knows all the basic commands. She is looking for someone to love her and be just attached to her, as she is to them!

Petra needs a home where she can feel secure both alone and with her person. She needs strong leadership providing guidance and stability so she does not become anxious or insecure.

Petra is good on leash walks and has no reaction when other dogs barked from their yards. When meeting other dogs, she appears a bit anxious and we believe this is from being attacked twice by other dogs earlier in her life. Her concerned owners at the time stopped socializing her to avoid this happening again.

As previously mentioned, Petra does have some anxiety. Once she knows her people and her home, she is very easy to care for. Happy to go for longer walks, this girl is easy to please just trotting around the neighborhood and being safe at home. She is looking for a home where her people are not gone too long each day.

We have recently placed Petra is a foster home where she is living with a male GSD alumni.

Recent Update: Petra has been in a foster home for several months now. Petra's foster parents have been working with her everyday to help Petra become a calm and well behaved GSD. Petra is a gentle and compliant petite GSD. She walks well on leash and loves to learn. She has been attending training at Cooperhaus on a weekly basis and is now in the advanced class! She is very athletic and will make a good exercise partner. She will need daily mental and physical exercise. Due to her athleticism and quick learning ability, we think she would excel at an agility training course or other stimulating activities to engage her mind and body. Petra is indifferent at seeing other dogs and does not respond to barking dogs. She does prefer to be with her people more than dogs.

Petra is protective of her space and possessions with other dogs. She currently lives with an 8 year old male GSD and they get along OK as long as her space is not violated. The foster parents are working on helping her to be more comfortable with other dogs being next to her.

Petra will need firm leadership otherwise she will take advantage of the situation to rule the home by behaviors like begging for food or jumping up on a person for attention. Fortunately, she is very responsive to corrections,
so with consistency and structure her new owner can expect her to be obedient to house rules.

Petra is still learning to ride in a car with less anxiety. She gets anxious when left alone, however, after about five minutes she quietly settles down in her crate. When Petra first came to the foster home she would bark and run when hearing noises outside of the home. She is learning to respond with less panic and acting more calmly.

The foster parents believe that formal training should continue with Petra in order to stabilize her anxiety issues
as well as aid in her dog-on-dog interactions.

Petra is a level 3 dog who is currently living in Redwood City.

To see Petra doing some great obedience work with her foster mom, click here.

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Important Note About Dog Descriptions

Please remember that the descriptions of dogs (of Dogs Available) have been written by GSRNC volunteers and are usually based only upon our observation of the dog since the time it was rescued. While we try to provide dog descriptions that are fair and accurate, the nature of our work involves contact with dogs whose background and history are unknown to us. GSRNC cannot warrant or guarantee any dog's future behavior. For example, if we say that a rescue dog gets along with children, cats, or other dogs, this statement is usually based upon the fact that one of our volunteers has observed the dog interacting with his or her own children or pets. While this information may be helpful, we cannot be certain of how a dog will do with the children or pets in your home. If you are considering adopting, we encourage you to come to one of our Adoption Days and meet our rescue dogs. Ultimately, only you can decide whether one of our dogs is right for you.

Explanation of the Dog Levels

1 – "Fireplace dog"
Couch potato, super easy, low energy and no issues. This level of dog would do well in any home regardless of owner experience. (We rarely come across this level of dog.)

2 – “Easy Large Breed Companion Dog”
Low to moderate energy, needs some exercise but it is not a daily requirement. This dog will do well in most homes. The dog gets along with most other dogs, gets along with most other people and have been successfully been around children. The dog has no real behavioral issues that need to be managed or dealt with on a daily basis. This dog is an easy family dog.  

3 –“Standard Large Breed Dog”
Moderate energy, needs daily exercise of some sort to thrive and stay happy. This dog will do well in many types of homes, but some situations will not work for this dog. This dog may not get along with some types of dogs. This dog may be reactive to some other dogs while on leash. It may have too much energy to be around small children while unattended, and may have some behavioral issues that will require formal training or daily monitoring for the dog to successfully live happily in a family. These issues are normally minor such as fence climbing, prey drive, minor separation anxiety, nervousness in crowds, or other minor behavioral traits. A Potential Adopter for a level 3 dog must have prior, recent large breed dog experience and be able to demonstrate the ability to successfully deal with the level 3 dog that they wish to adopt.  

4 – “Experienced Ownership Required”
Moderate, high or very high energy/drive. Needs an experienced owner familiar with working breed behavior to provide direct leadership and proper management. Level 4 dogs typically have a challenging behavior, but are good dogs. These dogs might be dog-reactive with most other dogs or dog-aggressive, may have to be an only animal in the home, maybe have moderate separation anxiety.  The dog normally needs daily physical and mental stimulation, etc. This level of dog is not an average pet. (We try to limit the number of level 4 dogs in our program.) A Potential Adopter for a level 4 dog must be able to demonstrate the experience and ability to safely manage and care for a level 4 dog.  

5 – “Competitive or Working Dog”
This is a dog that has an intense focus to ‘work’. It could be a dog that provides Search and Rescue services, could be a competitive Flyball or Agility dog, or has other working abilities. These dogs can be strong, pushy, dominant, and/or have extreme energy/drive. They need a professional handler or an owner who has the experience to provide a demonstrated commitment to the dog’s ‘working ability’. A Potential Adopter for a level 5 dog must be able to demonstrate the experience and ability to safely manage and care for a level 5 dog.