Dakota was quiet and did not bark when our volunteer knocked on the house door. Dakota was immediately friendly when our volunteer entered,although he showed obvious signs of nervousness and insecurity. Dakota lay on his back in a submissive position and also did a small amount of
nervous urination while lying on his back. Dakota did jump up on our volunteer when the volunteer spoke to him in a friendly tone, but quickly stopped when told no.
Thereafter, Dakota very quickly settled down, being friendly and responsive when spoken to but resting on the floor quietly while our volunteer spoke to his owner and filled in paperwork. This continued throughout the visit, Dakota would approach and be friendly when spoken but would quickly settle down and rest quietly when he was not the focus of attention. Dakota took food treats gently, but was excited and eager to get them, something which should be helpful for anyone training Dakota.
Dakota is too strong for his current owner to walk. Our male volunteer did take Dakota for a short walk on standard collar and lead and reports that Dakota is strong for his size, that he pulls on the lead a lot and will need to be trained to walk properly on lead. Our volunteer’s own
rescue GSD is larger and stronger than Dakota and needed lead training when he was adopted, but responded well to the use of a Dogmatic head collar. Our volunteer is of the opinion that a head collar would be a good help to anyone lead training Dakota.
Dakota currently lives with his owner and her teenage daughter. Given Dakota’s nervousness and insecurity our volunteer is of the view that Dakota should not be rehomed with young children.
Dakota’s owner is rehoming him because she believes he needs to be with someone who can exercise him fully and also because Dakota has grown nervous and anxious about dogs in the neighbouring garden to her.
Dakota has not lived with other dogs although his owner reports that he has socialised well with another dog owned by the owner’s relative in the past.
Given Dakota’s obvious nervousness and insecurity, our volunteer is of the opinion that it would be best for Dakota to be rehomed with an experienced GSD owner who has the time and patience to build Dakota’s confidence and training up calmly and gradually using encouragement and
positive training methods.