Willow is available for adoption through GSRE – this is what her current owner says about her.

Willow is a 2-and-a-half-year-old female, short haired, black German Shepherd. She is neutered, vaccinated, micro-chipped and worm/flea treated. She has no disclosed medical issues and no known food allergies/intolerances. She currently eats a mix of wet and dry food, twice daily. She has been in her current home since she was 6 months old. She is muzzled during vet visits (just in case).

Willow is being rehomed as her current owner has experienced a relationship breakdown which has resulted in a move into accommodation which does not allow pets.

Willow is described as being good with children and currently lives with a dog savvy 5-year-old, who she is good with but can be a liLle skittish. She can sometimes mouth when playing and generally sleeps with the 5-year-old overnight. She is good with other dogs (after sensible introductions) as long as they do not show any aggression towards her. She has lived with 3 other dogs in the past, including another GSD, without issue. She does not get along with cats.

Willow can be nervous/skittish and can show her teeth to communicate this to people, however, she has been better with her nervous behaviour recently. She gets excited when visitors come to the home and will jump up for fuss and attention but will settle fairly quickly. In a previous home, she was mistreated and caged for up to 14 hours a day and left alone. During this time, she has chewed her toys but is coming on well in her current home.

Willow travels well in the car, lives indoors and is fully housetrained. She walks well when using a headcollar and harness, has a good recall when at home (not let off-lead) and knows her basic commands. She does not show possessive tendencies with food/toys but will sometimes grumble over a bone. She loves treats but has to be reminded to take them nicely else she can snatch them.

When the GSRE assessor visited Willow and her current owner, Willow did get over-excited and jump up as she hadn’t been for a walk that day due to hot weather. She also lunged and grabbed/mouthed the assessor’s hand at one point as a warning. It wasn’t aggressive and it was believed to be fear based. She did not apply any pressure on the assessor’s hand and they were not worried by it. This behaviour was confirmed as something Willow may do when she meets strangers. Soon after, she settled down next to the assessor and started to fall asleep.

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