Cash is a very handsome, medium energy 2-year-old German Shepherd-mix that weighs about 60 pounds. Cash is an impressively well-trained dog by trainer K9 Coach OJ. He knows all his commands – Sit, Down, Come, Stay, Go to Bed, Stay at the Bed, Go with, Heel – and walks very well on leash. He has a high prey-drive and is very treat focused, which made his training easy, because he will do almost anything for a treat. He listens to verbal commands really well and obeys.
Cash has been great with large-size dogs and very playful. He lives in a foster home with a few other dogs and does well; he also goes to daycare and does well with the dogs there. He will probably do well with small dogs once he accepts them as his pack, but a small dog that is unknown to him might be viewed as prey and chased. He is a dominant male, so a submissive dog will be best for him. He needs a firm – not rough – handler, as he won’t like to be forced to do things. This boy is very smart and figures out everything – like escape routes, opening doors, and finding a way to get out when you leave home.
When he first meets new people, he is ok with them but doesn’t like a new person to be all over him. Since he is very treat focused, however, lots of treats and some nice walks will make you his best friend. He attaches to his person very quickly and will follow him/her everywhere. He will not do well if left alone for long hours – he will get bored and will look for things to do: he’s not exactly destructive, but he might chew little things here and there, which is why we think that another dog might keep his mind busy.
In his foster home he sleeps alone all night in his room and does ok. Foster mom tried to crate him but he wasn’t a big fan of that and managed to open and get out of the crate. Foster mom will keep working on crate-training but if he can’t be crated she won’t continue (some dogs just don’t like crates). He seems to be housebroken and knows how to use a doogie door. Even though he is in a foster home with a few male dogs, he does not mark.
Cash had been left at a shelter due to escaping from the yard of his previous home, so in his future home he will need a secure yard and fence. According to his previous owners he is friendly with kids, but while under our care he has never been around kids. He is up-to-date on all his vaccinations, is microchipped and dewormed; also, he has been given flea meds and will be groomed before adoption. Cash is one of those dogs that needs the right owner – someone familiar with the German Shepherd breed and who can set boundaries from day one.