Rocky has been in our kennels for a while now and has not put a foot wrong. He is a true gent who loves affection, loves to play and is a real happy boy.
He gets on with most dogs and doesn't seem to have a bad bone in his body.
When our volunteer approached the house Rocky barked loudly, thereafter he very quickly settled down and was calm and friendly towards our volunteer.
Rocky waited patiently when offered food treats and took them gently when given. The bag of food treats was left out within Rocky’s reach but he did not try to take treats without permission. Rocky enjoyed playing with a ball and he seems very toy orientated. This should be an asset when he undergoes further training.
Rocky was walked by the female owner, using a head collar, he pulled a little initially but settled down quickly and was easily controlled on lead by the female owner.
Rocky does not usually live with other dogs, but has on occasions lived with large dogs at holiday times, etc and the owner’s say he got on well with those dogs. The owners report that Rocky does bark at some small dogs.
During the visit Rocky gently mouthed the hands of his owners and our volunteer, but stopped when told no.
Rocky was generally reasonably confident, but at times did show signs of some nervousness and insecurity. Rocky’s owners indicate that they got him when he was only 6 weeks old and that his training and handling has been strict.
Rocky is currently living with family who have three children. Rocky has become territorial over some areas where he rests in the home and he growls at the adult owners and one of the children at times. He also growls on some occasions when approached while eating from his food bowl.
There has also been an incident out with the home and the rescue will provide more details to any prospective adopters.
Although there are currently some issues regarding Rocky, he was very friendly and good natured throughout the assessment visit and our volunteer was very comfortable meeting and assessing him.
Rocky would benefit from a training and handling routine that is consistent and has clear boundaries, but is not excessively strict. If rehomed to a quieter household with experienced GSD owners who can understand any issues that are causing nervousness and insecurity and will work on his training Rocky has good potential to be a well behaved, friendly and loyal companion.