LOOK OUT WORLD, HERE COMES REILLY!!
Reilly is a 3.5mth old female German Shepherd puppy. If you are that “Certain Someone” that thinks she may be for you, then you will need to Lace-up those walking shoes to em-‘bark’ on an adventure of a lifetime.
Don’t be fooled by those puppy dog eyes. She is a focused puppy on a mission and ready to work! She loves to explore her world and even more, enjoys exploring that world with her people. She works hard and plays hard. Not a day goes by that her foster family is not amazed by her intelligence and trainability. She is curious and willing to learn. We are looking for a family for her where her person or people are experiened with the German Shepherd breed or similar large working dog breeds. She is not suitable as a first time dog owner puppy. Reilly has strong working traits and will be amazing with an experienced handler but will be challenging for a 1st timer. She is super smart and driven to work so only those interested in dog sports, advanced obedience, and or herding/scenting work etc should apply.
Along with her 3 siblings, Reilly was rescued from a Puppy Mill just a few weeks before Christmas. She had adjusted well and been a complete joy since her arrival. She has soft shiny black and tan fur which will gradually be replaced by her adult fur in the next few months. Her face and her body is mostly black while her legs and belly are tan. She has a light shadowing of black fur around the tips of all 4 paws. She will be a shedding dog and likely to have slightly more tan colour as her adult fur comes in.
Reilly is just over 25 pounds now. She will be a large dog and likely weigh between 70 and 90 lbs when fully grown. She has no health concerns.
German Shepherds are working dogs and Reilly is no different! She needs to exercise and have new challenges daily. Reilly is looking for an active family who is willing to walk/run her at least twice a day (running as an adult) and take time out for training to keep her happy and healthy. She will not be a dog that will lounge around the house all day. She is a happy puppy who loves to chase, sniff out food treats and roam around the house looking for something to explore. Her curiosity and exploration can get her into trouble at times. She likes to pick up and collect things of interest that smell good or create a reaction from her audience. She glances mischievously as she picks up shoes and socks or anything within reach. She does not guard her resources and is willing to give it up items when she receives a fair trade or she gets a little extra attention from her people.
One of her little quirks involves her water dish. It seems at least once a day we have a “water dish fiasco” where Reilly feels it necessary to play in her water dish. She scoops her giant puppy paw into the water and digs the water out of the dish. We have learned to only fill her dish with very little water as this can be quite a mess. When she is finished, she picks up the water dish with her mouth and brings it to us to fill back up so she can have a drink!
Reilly can be very affectionate at times and will greet and kiss any new arrivals in the house. She loves to be with her people. She will follow you around the house and stay by your side. Whether it is at your feet while you are doing the dishes, lay beside you during the big game or making a mad dash to the door as she sees you put your coat on. Reilly’s people are everything to her.
Reilly is not suited to younger children as she is very high energy and is currently teething. She can sometimes nip at your pant leg or shoes when you walk. Children would need to be 8+ and dog savvy. Although Reilly enjoyed sharing a home with another dog she could be overly dominant at times. She would do well on her own or paired with a well-balanced, medium to large size male dog. She will not be suited well to a home with another female or dominant dog.
Basic obedience training along with advanced obedience training is a must with Reilly as it will help her develop a wonderful relationship with her new family, but it will also help her to understand what is expected of her and help set out rules in her new home. Reilly is very intelligent and is going to be a very strong-willed dog. She will need consistency and structure in her forever home in order for her to continue to thrive. She will grow to be a strong girl and will not be suitable for first time dog owners. The potential adopters will need to be aware of the time commitment involved in this breed of dog.
Puppies can be a lot of work and need constant supervision to keep them safe. Potential adopters will need to be home for most of the day or have the ability to come home as she will not like to be on her own for long periods of time. Early training and perseverance is essential.
Reilly is completely crate trained. While everyone is sleeping she is safely tucked away in her crate. She was very vocal the first few nights but soon accepted her crate as her “bed”. It is very important that she remains crated during the night and any other time that she cannot be properly supervised. This is to keep her safe from things around her that she may try to explore. Daytime crating is a little tricky, but necessary, as she will vocalize for some time to express her dislike of being left alone.
Although she is housetrained and goes to the outside door when she needs to relieve herself, any new adopters will need to take her out regularly until she adjusts to her new surroundings. They will need to take her out every hour and take note of the cues when she needs to relieve herself. Reilly will vocalize in the night if she finds herself needing a bathroom break. She will hold it until you come but will need to go directly outside from her crate. Occasionally when she gets over excited about a visitor she will pee a little. This will improve over time as her bladder matures.
Training and tricks seem to come naturally for Reilly. She is extremely food driven and loves to please her people. She knows the commands sit, come and down. We are working on stay and spin. She is highly intelligent and will not take long to catch on to any task. Reilly’s adopters will need to be firm and consistent as she can be determined and stubborn when there is something she wants.
Travelling in a car is not one of Reilly’s favourite things to do. We are currently taking short trips in the car so she becomes more comfortable travelling. Adopters will need to continue these short trips until she feels more comfortable in the car.
Walks are enjoyable for Reilly. The entire walk is an adventure. She will smell and explore as she thoroughly enjoys the entire experience. She is easily distracted by passing cars and will attempt to run alongside as they pass her by. She is also interested in people and other dogs and will sometimes vocalize if they approach too quickly. Adopters will need maintain control of Reilly throughout the walk and continue to expose her to these distractions so that she can learn confidence and accept the environment around her.
This sweet puppy will bring joy to her new family without a doubt. Her gentle nature and love of life will bring many smiles and laughs to the lucky family who adopts her!
If you think that Reilly will fit into your world, please fill out an application. She can’t wait to meet you!!