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Alps

Age Sex Breed Weight
~3 Year Old Male Shepherd Mix 66 lbs

Need to know…
He is a sweet and handsome boy. He can be quite noisy in his crate and would do best in a detached home. He will counter surf if given the opportunity. He is building his confidence and does take time to warm up to new dogs. He needs an experienced adopter.

Vet Details
  Neutered
  Microchipped
  Vaccinated

     
Hasn’t Met Takes time to warm up Lives with a dog savvy child
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Details

Hey hey! Alps here.. Not to toot my own horn but, if you’re looking for a sweet, and handsome boy, then I’m your guy! A BIG thank you goes out to Julie at Memory Gardens Photography! Look at these photos…don’t I look cute?! https://www.facebook.com/memorygardenphotography
I’m a male Shepherd mix, around 3 years old weighing a solid 66lbs! I’m vaccinated, neutered and microchipped too! I have also had a couple teeth pulled due to them over growing and causing me some pain, but I’m all better now!
Let me tell you about some of my qualities. First off, I’m great on leash! I like to walk by your side at a nice pace and stick by your side. Sometimes I may get ahead of you, but a gentle tug and I’m right back at your side. If I see another dog on my walk I might growl. I think it’s because I lack a little confidence in myself, so with some balanced professional training I know I’ll be great! But my foster parents let me know I’m safe by giving me a gentle tug and guide me to turn the other way, so I just continue with my walk. I’m great with all humans though and want to meet everyone! I’m also pretty quiet and mellow inside the house, not much of a barker but in my crate can be a different story. When my foster parents are home I don’t mind being in my crate and I don’t make a peep, but when I’m left alone I really dont enjoy it. I can really use my voice and howl, and sometimes try to escape out of my crate. But the good thing is, my foster parents have been working with me on this and I’ve gotten better! For this reason, I would do best in a detached home. But good thing is, I eat all my meals in my crate, to help me understand it’s a safe place. I don’t like my crate to be covered but do enjoy a nice blanket inside with me. Keep in mind, if these rules aren’t followed, I just may try it all again.
I’m pretty laid back but foster mom says I’m something called a counter surfer, but I’d like to call myself food inspector. If it smells good, you bet I have to sniff it out so watch out! But, a simple “down” and gentle tug on my leash gets my paws off the counter. This is a good reason why it’s important to keep me on a leash for the first 30 days, to set some boundaries. I also like playing with toys, I’m not quite sure what they are but they seem fun. I especially like tearing them apart, so I’m best with tough toys and nylabones. My foster parents take me outside regularly – so bonus point, I haven’t had any accidents in the house! During night time, I sleep in my crate and if I really need to take a tinkle, I sing a special song so they knew to take me outside to do my business. But I’ve learned to sleep through the night. Well, sometimes. But I usually hear “enough” and I go right back to bed. I think I was just getting used to my safe place.
OH! I love being outside…taking in that fresh air and feeling the wind through my fur. There have been a couple of times where my foster parents have used gentle pressure on my leash to get me inside.
I have one human foster sibling. He’s smaller than me, almost 2 years old but dog savvy and knows how to interact and give me space, so I’m really gentle around him. Keep in mind with kids, it’s very important to always supervise!
I also have two foster sisters who are dogs, they’re quite hairy I must say. They can be a little overwhelming at times, so I’ve had to stand my ground a couple of times and let them know I need my space. I have growled and snapped at them, but no teeth! My foster parents will either step in between us, or pull me away since I’m on leash still, and that makes both of us feel safe. I’ve taken a liking to my foster mom, so when my foster sisters get all up in her space, I have barked and snapped at them. Because of this, I would prefer a slow introduction so I can build trust first. Best is when all dogs are calm. This is why having me on a leash and on hand for the first 30 days is important. It’s up to my humans to dictate what will happen and not up to me. It will help whoever is holding my leash, advocate for all of us and control my interactions with other dogs. However I have been with my foster family for 3.5 months and my furry foster sisters are my besties now! When I am outside with them, we love to play with each other and chase each other in circles.
Cats? I haven’t been around though so I’m not sure how I feel about them.
Cars? I find them relaxing. I just walk straight in and lay down and enjoy the ride! It’s important to have my leash tied and secured; it’ll keep me safe. Here’s a nifty trick: shut my leash in the door. It stops me from wandering and you’ll have a secure hold of me before you open the doors. Here’s a tip about my crate: two hours in the crate, and two hours out will help me create a great routine, especially when you’re home.
Being in a home is completely new to me. I think I would be a perfect fit for someone who has dog experience. And it’s important for me to spend time in my crate when everyone’s home so that way I don’t view it as a bad thing when I’m alone!
Remember, it’s recommended not to give me attention or touch for the first 30 days after adopting me, and also I should be on a leash inside and outside. This will all help me decompress, and prevent me from running and will help me adjust to my new home while I learn the rules and boundaries – like where I can and can’t go, or what I’m allowed to get into. With balanced professional training, boundaries, time and patience, I know I can be the perfect fit for your home.

IMPORTANT

It is the recommendation of FTH that every newly adopted dog remain on leash, both inside and out, for a minimum of 30 days. As most of our dogs are outdoor dogs and strays, this will help prevent dogs running away as they are adjusting to their new home. At the same time it will help start building the bond between you and the dog. Thank you!

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