NEEDS FOSTER HOME
When Maya entered the park, it was clear that she had never spent much time in such an environment..she was very distracted. Upon being placed directly in front of a couple of sitting (intentionally) strangers (staff members) she barked and backed up a bit, demonstrating a very slight case of stranger danger. This was not surprising given what we know of her last 2 years.
Unfortunately, despite being a caring, loving and nurturing couple, neither she or her husband knew much about dogs and absolutely nothing about German Shepherd Dogs. Yes, Maya was safe and cared for but she was also in a pack of 4 dogs, 3 of which were females. There were conflicts which required management, but the end result was that 2 years of what could have been great progress for Maya, instead was no basic training, no socialization, never got off her property and most significantly, no leadership.
We spent several hours working with Maya and foster Mom, patiently waiting for some focus. from Maya..it took over 2 hours before we actually achieved eye contact. Maya had been pulled from the county shelter intact, at approximately a year old. This is usually an indication that nothing much was done by the original owners either. Thus, Maya has what you've heard us describe as a "puppy brain". Have you ever tried to get a very young puppy to pay attention and focus on you in a distracting situation for a period of time? That's a puppy brain.
When dogs like Maya have few to no social skills (a learned behavior) in addition to no leadership, they are accustomed to being the decision makers, something they are ill equipped to do. It is always amazing to see the transformation in their responses once they acknowledge that a leader now has their leash. And once that occurred, Maya was a joy to work. The uncertainty or fear diminishes, then vanishes, and a blank slate ready and eager to learn is exposed. The upside of a puppy brain; it's a sponge.
We are looking for a foster with no young kids, no other dogs or a well balanced large breed male, and some dog training and GSD knowledge; one willing to take Maya thru some classes at our expense as well as meet with our staff regularly for continued training and socializing.
If you meet this criteria and are willing and able to help Maya's adoption along, either foster or foster-to-adopt her, please submit a FOSTER APPLICATION:
I am spayed, vaccinated, chipped, crate and house trained.
Adoption fee to be determined.