Name: Conall      Adopted
Age: 1 year(s)
male, neutered
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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.


Conall's Story:

Conall is a sleek high energy Belgian Malinois and a complete snuggle bug. He was picked up as a stray by San Jose animal control and quickly became a favorite of the staff even though no one has ever taught him good doggy manners. He loves people, toys and most of all, balls. During his evaluation at the shelter he was in constant motion, asking for attention by rolling over for belly rubs. When he was given a toy he shook it, tossed it in the air, ran about then enjoyed some tug. He acted like it was the best thing that ever happened to him. Easy to see why the staff liked him so much as he is full of the joy of life. He showed no resource guarding of toys or food and wants to please the people.

It's hard to believe that a dog of this breed has had nearly no training. Still there is hope, He walked pretty good for a dog who initially appeared to have zero training. And in fact did a good imitation of 'heel'. Sit, stay and down will need work but he comes at a run when called.

Conall is a great dog with people but he gets very excited when he sees other dogs. His tail is up and wagging but he is far too excited to meet them yet. We will be working on this to see if he can learn to be a good dog with dogs.

This dog is full of love but he is a handful and his mind seems to be as active as his body. He will need an experienced adopter who can work with him to help him become the outstanding companion he is meant to be. He may be the dog you are looking for to do agility, obedience training or other dog activities. Due to his high energy level he would do best in a home without small children.

As we get to know Conall we will update this bio.

Conall is currently staying at a kennel but will be attending a week of doggy boot camp so he may get a jump start on manners before he goes into a foster home.

UPDATE: Conall has spent the past two weeks at doggy boot camp learning doggy socialization skills and training as well. Conall is very dog friendly! He is an in your face, kissy kissy kind of playmate. He has also learned sit, stay and is working on perfecting down. His is a leaner, and walks around to anyone who will pet him and give him love.

Additional Information: Conall spent two weeks with a foster family. He is now crate trained and potty trained. His foster dad also taught him how to play frisbee. Conall with catch the frisbee, return it to you and drop it at your feet. Conall still gets focused on other dogs when he is on the leash and will react if they react. He can be toy possessive with other dogs, but takes correction well when told to stop. Conall is very ball focused which can be used as a motivation / tool for training.

Conall is a level 3 + dog and we are looking for experienced adopters who understands a young dog of this caliber.



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.