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Athena is a bright girl looking for a breed experienced home

  • Breed : German Shepherd Dog Mix
  • Gender : Female
  • Age : 2 years, 3 months old (approx.)
  • Size : Medium
  • Good With Dogs : No
  • Good With Cats : No
  • Good With Children : 11 years and over

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This lovely girl came into the rescue from a local pound.  It took her a couple of days to settle into kennels, but once she had settled in, she started to show her friendly and affectionate personality.

She will need owners who have experience of the breed with a good sized, fully secure garden (6-foot fence) with owners who are willing to put the time and effort into her training and make sure she is challenged both physically and mentally through puzzle games, training classes and activity toys.

Initially Athena is shy girl when meeting new people, but it does not take her long to come round and ask for a fuss and cuddle.  She enjoys time off lead in our enclosed exercise areas; however she will require recall training before being allowed off lead in open spaces as her recall is quite poor at present.

Athena is a very clever girl and currently knows sit, down and paw. With the right positive reward-based training and the introduction of a treat or two she will soon learn more commands and tricks. She will also enjoy puzzle games, Kongs and treat balls as alternative ways of providing her meals to keep her busy brain stimulated and working.

New owners will need to build up her home alone time gradually as we feel she may become vocal if she is left for too long to start with. Once she has had time to settle into her new home and has been taught that being left for short periods of time is okay, you will gradually be able to increase the amount of time that she can be left for. 

We are currently feeding Athena on Arden Grange Sensitive with a small amount of meat mixed in.  When Athena arrived at SDR she was incredibly underweight, and her hip bones and spine were visible for all to see.  We placed her on four meals a day to start off, which has now been reduced to 3 meals and we are pleased to say she has gained 5kg since her arrival and is looking and feeling much better for it.

Athena can be unsure and very vocal when meeting or getting close to other dogs.  She probably hasn’t had the correct exposure and socialisation around other dogs and does not know how to react around them.  Even when being introduced to calmer dogs she has shown her hackles and barks at them until they pass.  She will benefit from attending dog socialisation classes to help her to gain confidence around other dogs and to learn how to approach them in a calm manner.

Athena is looking for a pet free home, so owners can concentrate on her training and socialisation needs.

Athena will need a minimum of 4 visits from the whole household ahead of the adoption process.

The adoption fee for Athena is £200