Fen, a 1 year old female German Shepherd Dog, joined Gap in January 2017 after we were asked by another rescue if we could assist with a young German Shepherd Dog who urgently needed to find a more suitable home as her needs were not being met. We agreed immediately to help and bought Fen to the kennels and into the house. We had hoped that Fen would happily integrate with our pack and become a permanent member of our family – sadly a large pack environment is way too stressful for her. She is intelligent has a huge working and prey drive and is the most biddable girl willing to learn. One on one or with my own male shepherd she is perfect, even still at times she pushes her luck with him but he handles her beautifully. Fen’s main problem here with us is the sighthounds. Their fast movement and competitive nature quickly and strongly prompts her herding drive but coming back from being a nervous under socialised girl she does not necessarily handle it well and ends up getting herself a telling off and this does not always prompt the best reaction from her. Upon landing Fen was terrified of everything, strangers, other dogs out and about a real worried little girl, now with soft and gentle reassurance along with boundaries and reward based training this fear is passing.
She is fabulously sociable with calm dogs who engage her in the right manner and really does love to play with larger docile males. With females as she gains confidence and meets them more and more she is less willing to back down. She is a strong willed girl who we feel needs a German Shepherd Dog experienced home either with an older calmer male shepherd or large breed dog or as an only dog. Fen wants to learn, she wants to please and she needs a job. Agility or obedience based homes would be excellent for her, her concentration and loyalty and desire to please is second to none. She is a typically female German Shepherd Dog in that her family is everything to her. Improvements are being made with strangers, she is getting plenty of stimulation here at the kennels meeting new people everyday. She is still a little shy at first but soon loves fuss and attention. Fen still needs a little more work on her lead manners, she is perfect when out on her own but again when out in company does tend to pull a little. Fen would also be happily homed as an only dog at the centre of a family unit where she gets to take part in the general routine and day to day activities. She would also suit a semi retired couple with German Shepherd Dog experience looking for an only dog.
Fen is house trained, crate trained and is happy to spend a few hours in a room on her own now. We had to crate train her because there isn’t a door in the world that she can not open if she turns her mind to it. Off lead without distractions Fen is a dream, she is also extremely food motivated. Her manners around human food are also improving. At times she is stilla worried little girl but the level of socialisation she has received at kennels has helped massively. Fen loves children having previously lived with 2 children aged 1 and 3. Fen also travels like a dream. All in all now she is learning to be the most wonderful dog and needs to find a suitable home now to take her on the rest of that journey in an environment she can relax.
Fen is vaccinated, kc vaccinated, de flead, de wormed, spayed and microchipped. For more information or to offer Fen a home please use the pre adoption questionnaire below. Fen is currently located in Stoke on Trent and can be rehomed nationally subject to a successful homevisit being carried out and all members of the immediate family being willing to travel to meet with her