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So I have this dog.. young, UTD on everything, spayed and well trained (very well trained in fact), sound and smart as a whip who needs re-homing for the simple reason that she and the old dog (also female) have given every indication that a "bitch fight" is simply brewing. She is a queen and believes she should be THE queen.

This dog is a good dog who is titled but simply does not want to do IPO sport anymore. Like any dog that has some drive she needs to be active (so more than a 20 minute walk once a day) and yes, she needs to be managed (so when you are out walking her YOU need to pay attention and see the squirrel before she does!). Normal dog stuff (at least I think so).

Considering the posts here about dogs and training dogs and the issues with training dogs, wouldn't you think finding this already trained dog a good home where she could be part of a family and an only dog would be a pretty easy task?

Nope. Not. Not at all!

This has been one of the most frustrating tasks I have ever been engaged in!

I am actually beginning to see why rescues have lengthy questions.. almost like a test.. and I am also seeing why they stop responding to inquiries (though I still believe the latter is irresponsible if you are a rescue).

I am sure this will all work out at some point. It is a frustrating process!!
 

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Oh yes. That is in her ad and I have put her out there for those sorts of things as well as tracking etc. She LOVES to track. Loves obstacles. LOVES walking on top of things, going through things and over things (as a puppy I had her on play ground equipment).

I had an inquiry for training for a true service dog for a wheel chair bound person. She could learn all the tasks suggested, but settling in a public environment would be difficult for her. Service dogs have a particular demeanor. I was honest with the person asking and they appreciated that. I had another inquiry from a first time dog owner.. young people. I asked if they were planning a family.. and I did say I knew this was an invasive question.. but I wanted to know what they would do with the dog who needs attention if they had a new baby that also needed attention. I probably won't hear from them again (they ARE planning a family in the near future).

I agree.. the ad says she would love a home where she could do Nose Work (she would excel at this) or Agility etc. Fly ball I think the dog does a lot of leaping in the air and landing on hard ground.. and even tho she is OFA good, that can really mess up a German Shepherd's back and hips. I did try her for dock diving. She likes to swim. Jumping off the dock not so much. We even built drive and ran together the length of the dock. She got to the edge and stopped.. I went in. She liked THAT a lot (and I swear she was laughing). So for dock diving she wants to be the handler. Ha.

I will try a rescue and see where that goes. I will NOT ship her and her prospective owner must come and meet her. That limits the area I can pull from (northeast US). Also, I will deliver her as I want to see where she is going.
 

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She really just wants to be the House Dog. However, I have a new lead today and we will see where THAT goes.

She would be an excellent "chore dog" on a farm.. but with less than 2% of the population farming that is a stretch.

Normally, as like most dog sport people, I would just keep her and have her in the house and retired and go on. I too have multiple dogs and this is my dog going out as my next dog is coming into the sport. If my current house dog was a male I think it would be no worries. But she is not and they are giving me every indication a bitch fight is on the brew. So I vet the re-home.. and another dog and a male would be OK and I have said that. A pack of dogs? Probably not so much.

The idea is a retirement home.. A Pet home really. One person wanted to do more IPO with her but keep her in a kennel and so forth. She has made it crystal clear she no longer wants that (but she would track up a storm). Fly ball would be OK if it is low jumps. I guess I was thinking "Disc Dog" or something like that (sorry.. I just don't know about all the sports people do). She is small enough and fast enough to do jumping and athletic enough and interested enough and has sufficient drive to do agility. She is a small and compact dog (56 pounds). As you say, starting a dog at 5 years old means you probably have 3 years maybe 4 years (because she is wirey and compact I think she would go longer and be happy doing so).

She will be attending a show n go this weekend. See if I drum up interest there. She retrieves a big old IPO 1 Dumbbell over a 36 inch jump (she would normally jump 22" for AKC obedience) and that always gets people to pay attention. Ha!

The other thing is people who do not understand the sport she has been in don't understand the dog (even people in dogs for years often are clueless about dogs and that amazes me). I had one such person tell me that an IPO 3 titled dog is like having a loaded gun. THAT guy has had GSD's for 35 years and knows.. not much! My dog is no more THAT than if she had never titled at all.

I am sure it will all work out.
I won't place her where she will end up worse off than if she just stays here and I rotate her through the house with the other dog I have. It's just not ideal.
 

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Thank you Canyx. This is what I put out:

Greta is looking for a retirement home and a new career. She is sound and just turned 5 July 28, 2018. She is not a large dog at 56 pounds and she is very athletic. She is titled and well trained. She wants to be the "queen" so not a good candidate with another female or a "pack" of dogs. She would likely do well in Agility (loves to run and looks at obstacles as challenges). She would excel at tracking (she has her Fh1) in any venue including AKC as well as Nose Work.

She is very smart and very observant and loves to play ball or tug and go for hikes.

She would do best as "only dog" or with a low key male. She would love to be with someone who is active outside (hiking, cross country skiing, swimming and so forth). She wants to live in the house and would love being with a young person as a "best friend." I believe she would do well in 4H.

She is spayed, UTD on everything and very clean in the house. She is crate trained.


That is the ad. I am getting responses as it was shared openly.

I am trying hard not to be super "picky" but I do want it to work and I do not want to see her end up out in a pen in the yard or on a chain or with someone heavy handed who would hit her or let her out and let her get hit by a car (you know.. the usual stuff we want to avoid for any dog!). I also want her to come back to me if it does not work out. Oh and No dog parks (she would be real unhappy with that).

I may have found someone actually.. have to meet and greet and see how it goes if they get back to me.

I also admit it is a bit scary to let her go to someone else!!
 

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Thanks. If I have to repost it, I will change the language. I am sort of hoping on this last inquiry.

I am leaving her out there for a week this way (no rush really.. just more work for me and really.. it's just work). Next time I will post it a bit differently.

And so we see.

It only takes ONE right person or family after all. I will report back if I find someone. Or not. Ha! Her life is not bad with me and we know each other well. She was bouncing around while I mowed grass yesterday. She even managed to catch a rabbit (takes a quick dog to catch a rabbit!). She spent half a day indoors. It is sort of funny. I will be sitting and doing something. I hear a "noise" upstairs. I yell up, "What are you doing up there?" and I hear her run.. then thumpity down the stairs and then there she is with a ball in her mouth looking at me as if to say, "Nothing Mom!!" Then she bounces off again to find the cat. She does make me laugh. She is a happy thing for sure!
 

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Well, that potential adopter fell through. They want a "Disney Dog" that they can just let out and not be watched (no fenced yard) and not go in the road, that would not chase a deer if it wandered in the yard, that will magically obey them off leash right off the bat... I recommend a Walmart stuffed dog (but I was good.. I did not say it.. I just said "Thanks for asking about her."

As my training partner said, "Pet Dog People with unrealistic expectations."
 

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Had a very very promising call last night from a person who used to have a working dog that did some real work. Now she wants a dog that will go hiking and rides nice in the car and all that sort of thing. She is familiar with working dogs and their drives as well as their need to be active. Other dog in the house is an older male that my dog would probably boss around a bit but being a male-female it would likely work. Yard is fenced and large and surrounded by Stockade fence!

Yes it IS nice to be able to be thorough. Then again, I really love my dog and out of that love I am trying to give her a better life. I will probably cry a little when she goes and that says something for me I guess.
 

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Greta is now a resident of Virginia. She rode to her new home in a Camaro and got to sleep on the Motel bed. Last night the new owner went for a run and picked up Chinese Food. Greta went with her.. NOT sure if the Chinese food made it home since I can see Greta saying, "Oh I see you have Chinese food. I like Chinese food..."

As soon as I found her this home (which is a good one) TWO MORE people wanted her. I guess that is how this goes.
 
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