FREYA

FEMALE IN A NUTSHELL: Freya is an 11 month old purebred with an impeccable pedigree and health history.
Freya is an owner surrender ... not by an uncaring owner by any means, but by one who simply wants the best possible home and family for Freya and she has come to the unbelievably difficult conclusion that that home is not with her.


Freya's Dam: HC's Glorious Edelweiss V. Samson
Titles: AKC Canine Good Citizen, UKC Champion, APRI Prominent Champion (CH-CHPC)
OFA test results: Hips-Good, Elbows-Normal, Patellar Luxation-Normal, Congenital Cardiac-Normal, DM-N/N
  
Freya's Sire: Vantasia HC's Titanium Titan
Titles: APRI Champion
OFA test results: Hips-good, Elbows-normal, Patellar Luxation-normal, Congenital Cardiac-normal, DM-N/N, DNA tested

Freya was purchased from a breeder at 8 weeks of age. From Freya's surrendering owner: "I got Freya at 8 weeks and immediately started crate and potty training her. She learned very quickly. I lived and still live in an apartment so Freya was trained to go potty on walks, can pee and poo poo on command and is used to quite a bit of exercise. She got all of her shots at 16 weeks and from there I started socializing her. She was exposed to people of all ages, many dogs, swimming, hiking, crowded California beaches, big box stores, cafes, etc. She got a ton of early exposure and working from home allowed me to bring her to various places. I even moved cross country with her and it was a dream of a trip.

I enrolled her in two different group training classes where she excelled and became most obedient puppy in the class. She loves to do tricks and is motivated by treats, BALL and praise. Very early on I was able to trust her in off-leash parks, National forests, etc. She always stays close by. Even in dog parks (I took her when she was small - not now) she was more interested in 'working' with me than with other dogs.

Around 5 months old I started to really see Freya's excitability come out. She would get upset if I was walking with family and one of us would go into a store or coffee shop. She would cry when we got separated or part of the group got out of sight. This became an issue because she would do this even with people we didn't know but who we were walking with briefly alongside a busy sidewalk. I chalked it up to her being a herding dog. She would also get excited and whine/cry when she would see other dogs she loved to play with. I was told this was a puppy thing she would grow out of.

Since this time her excitability has escalated, making it difficult and unenjoyable to take her on many of the outings I used to. It just too stressful now that she's bigger and her bark louder. She jumps, mouths, barks, and as my trainer describes her is 'extremely confident and pushy' when it comes to getting her way.

My method of getting through the work day at home with Freya was a combination of crating and WEARING HER OUT. This was and still is a combination of run/walk/hike or park and ball in the morning for an hour. And again in the evening plus during the day potty break and some light training. This, however, is not enough now that her energy levels and athletic abilities have improved with age. I've tried working with private trainers on her 'settle' and 'spot' commands but she will not stay put and settle. Much of the day (if I'm at home working) is spent panting, crying with excitement at my feet or at the door if it's not crate time. Even then, if I'm home on the phone working, she will cry from the crate.

If I leave the house and leave her outside the crate loose in the apartment or inside the crate, it's no problem. She doesn't make a peep and can stay at home in or out of the crate for 4-5 hours. She sleeps in crate overnight.

We briefly lived with family after relocating to Texas and Freya got along well with a female lab her same age and an older lab. While living with those dogs she was even more excitable and high energy. She got along well with them but I could also see her need to have full-on human attention. We joked that she literally would wake up surprised to see everyone in the house each morning. It was like she was meeting everyone for the first time every time we came downstairs. We lived there two months. Groundhog Day.

A month ago I began working with a K9 trainer who specializes in GSD. She both affirmed my beliefs that Freya needs a job and took the wind out of my sails. She said that Freya's excitable, super confident, go-go-go behavior is not related to her age but part of her personality and can't be trained out of her with obedience. She is a very sweet dog that needs to learn impulse control; however, the trainer said in order for her to get her needs met I would need to further change my lifestyle, buying her even more bones, chew toys, treats, getting her in agility and nosework, as well as keeping up the 3 sometimes 4 hours a day I spend with her exercising and training. It was a prescription way more than I had signed up for.

I believe Freya needs a strong, confident and experienced owner who knows what this type of dog requires and is willing to give her a job and companionship. She is eager to please, wants to love and is super loyal. I've given her a very active and frankly spoiled lifestyle that, up until this point, has made me question whether someone could give her more than I can. Once I realized it was a job she needs, I decided to go with someone who can give her the structure and stern companionship and presence that I can't.

Some minor issues are occasional aggression on leash that can be redirected. Usually it's just a hop and hackles up. She also comes on strong playing. She jumps, gets excited and screams for the people she loves when she sees them.

...She is well socialized with other dogs, children, elderly, and both sexes. She seems to have a preference for men but that could just be a size/energy thing. I am short and soft spoken and she has lots of love but zero respect for me. Freya is not a cuddly dog. Her love language is fetch."

We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of Freya so that we can see for ourselves what she's like when she's in the hands of a true German shepherd person. Freya's owner did share with us that her trainer thought that she was simply not the right owner for Freya and that theirs was a "toxic" relationship, with Freya completely taking advantage of her owner's soft and mild persona. If this is, indeed, the case, Freya will thrive and be a different dog in the right hands. She's only 11 months old; she's got a lot to learn yet.

Freya is due in Phoenix around the first week in October. We'd love to find a foster or adoptive home for her ... anyone?

  

UPDATE 10/3: Freya arrived in Phoenix this afternoon. The first thing we did was to remove her harness and fit her with a proper martingale collar (complete with a WGSDR ID, of course). According to her surrendering owner, during the trip from Texas, Freya had attached herself to the male (human) traveling companion, who has experience in training and handling horses. This confirmed our suspicions that Freya simply has no trust or respect in her soft-spoken owner and has been forced into the position of being "in charge" -- a position which NO shepherd enjoys. As we who love them know all too well, shepherds need a leader to respect, follow and feel safe with. An owner who fails in that position is going to have nothing but problems ... which brings us to the reason Freya is now with our rescue and we applaud Freya's owner for doing the right thing for her.

 
Freya meets new foster mom Emilie

Adoption fee $450.00.

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