Fido is a 3.5-4 year old German Shepherd/Rottweiler mix, and I think she may even have some hound dog in there. Her coat is a warm color, and you could get lost in her soulful eyes.
Fido is house-broken and very obedient. She is a really sweet dog...w/ humans…
When it comes to walks and meeting other dogs on the street, she can be VERY anxious and aggressive, so appropriate measures must be taken when walking her. The right handler needs to be alert and attentive to Fido while walking. You cannot be on your phone or looking at a screen. I use a two-handed leash, and our walking route is the same for EVERY walk. Fido is the type of dog that requires familiarity and routine…and she probably didn’t have a lot of that before she was in my home.
When I first brought Fido into my home, I was muzzling her on walks for a while, just for the safety of other dogs. Fortunately, she has responded incredibly well to training, and I stopped using the muzzle about a month ago. She can still be a little tough to handle on the street, however, and needs more work.
My new work schedule that includes a lot of travel will not permit me to give Fido the attention she requires, and she really deserves a great home.
For a new environment, a new handler and a new home, I would recommend re-instituting use of the muzzle until Fido acclimates.
I was not told much about Fido's history before I brought her into my home, but I have reason to believe that she may have spent a good amount of her early life in the streets, fending for herself—scrounging for food and possibly getting into fights with other dogs…it’s the only thing I can really think of to attribute to her anxiety.
In-home, Fido is incredibly obedient and calm; sometimes she barks at the sound of a knock on the door, but most dogs do that. She is housebroken as well as very capable of sitting, staying, and coming to you when called. I have been crate-training her (even though she’s over three years of age, and she’s been responding very well). I put Fido in her crate whenever I leave the house. When I come home and unlock the crate, Fido stays inside until she is invited out. She has a similar aptitude for entering and exiting the home.
Fido’s diet is pretty simple. I've been feeding her low-grain kibble twice daily, with an added protein—like—hard-boiled eggs (for breakfast) and a little wet dog food mixed in (for dinner).
Fido does shed quite a bit, but a lot of dogs shed. I have a special blanket for the sofa that catches her dander, I have a nice big crate that she loves and a very comfortable bed. I would be more than happy to relinquish ALL of these items to Fido's new handler in order to ease her transition.