Apollo is a beautiful 2.5 year old 80lb German shepard mix. He came to us as a local owner surrender.
His foster knows him best, and she says about him:
Like most working breeds he thrives in a home that keeps him mentally stimulated with lots of activities. He does well with a strong leader “alpha”. Like any guarding breed like Apollo he thinks its his duty to keep tabs on his family members. He has a habit of walking my kids to bed and worries about them when they are out. My husband call him my shadow and follows me everywhere. He protects our house but doesn’t bark incessantly when some one rings the bell or knocks.
He has integrated right away into our daily routine, we usually go on 2 long walks daily (usually one right before we go to work and one right after) to do his “business”. He has no resource guarding that we have observed, he will happily sit and stay and leave his food in his bowl till you say its okay to eat. He isnt treat motivated but does love getting treats. He loves his toys especially if they squeak. He has great leash manner now, which took only a few days to get him on what we wanted to see. He respects everyone in our family, our youngest child (8) has no problems controlling him on leash at 80lbs. He can be strong on the lead if you let him but he is very receptive to corrections. He does have a prey drive but we usually tell him to leave it and he will walk away happily.
He is fully house and crate trained, he has never had an accident in our house and does not whine when its time for bed. He knows sit, lie down, stay and shake a paw. We have started doing nose training with him which he loves b/c thrives on pleasing his people. He will fetch a ball and is very athletic. Apollo is about 2.5 years old and will occasionally have puppy tendency like mouthy play but very rarely and we tell him right away that we don’t like it and he stops. He thrives on praise, loves it and seeks head scratches and belly rubs. He would make a wonderful hiking partner or a cuddle bug on a couch if its a movie night.
He did several sessions with the Pack Dog Training after some altercations with other dogs. She found him to be excited around other dogs which sometimes lead to frustration when he couldn’t meet them. He was wonderful with every dog he met properly, even instigating play! He has also ignored cats on walks, but never gotten too close to truly test.
As with all our dogs, he is is neutered and up to date on all shots and vaccines.
If interested in Apollo please fill out an application under our Foster/ Adopt tab, or if you have previously applied to us before, please send us an email.