Name: Loki O      Available Now
Age: 5 year(s)
male, neutered
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Adoption Process

Our adoption process is designed to help you and the right dog find each other. Our goal is to place each dog into a permanent, safe, and loving home.

To adopt a German Shepherd Dog from us, you must:

1. Live in Northern California.
2. Complete an Adoption Questionnaire, either online, or by mail. If you do not own your home, you must also have your landlord complete the Landlord Letter.
3. Be interviewed by an adoption counselor.  
4. Allow a home visit by an adoption counselor.
5. Be approved for adoption.
6. Choose, and be chosen by, the right dog.
7. With our approval, sign our Adoption Agreement, and pay the associated fee.

After we receive your online Adoption Questionnaire, we will call you to begin the adoption process. We encourage potential adopters to come to one or more Adoption Days, because that is the best way to meet several German Shepherds and to find your new companion. If you attend an Adoption Day and choose a dog, you may be able to adopt the same day, if all adoption requirements are met.

If you cannot come to any Adoption Day, we can still assist you, this may take longer because the people who will help you are volunteers who usually have jobs, and scheduling meetings with dogs can be complex because our dogs live in many homes and kennels.


Loki O's Story:

Loki is a young, energetic and super smart little boy.

Like most shepherds, he just wants to please. He is starved for affection and would love nothing more than to crawl up in your lap and get petted all day long. He will come up to you and literally lift your hand with his nose and roll his head around so he gets petted. He gives very gentle kisses on your hands also. He's quickly learning what his behavior limits are.

He has been kenneled both at night and when his foster is out of the house, but he can be left free in the house day and night. He leaves everything alone and prefers to sleep or nap in his crate with the door open.

He has a strong nose and uses it a LOT, as he comes from a K9 SAR background. He is an opportunist and will grab for food/dishes/tin foil if he thinks he can sneak it. However, he takes verbal correction very well and just needs the rules enforced and to be reminded of his boundaries.

While on a run with his foster mom, he practiced 'heel', 'leave it' and 'no'. They ran across loud plates in the sidewalk, past car horns, past people, waited at stop lights with barking dogs in cars and people calling out to him. He likes greeting friendly strangers but is very dog reactive even when the other dog is mellow. If the other dog barks at him, then Loki gets even more aggressive (with his hair raised) and wants to go after it. He will eventually sit for you and look up at you as you stand in front of him to block his view. Then you have to remove him from the area. As you take him in another direction, he does stop pulling and goes with you obediently (even though he still wants to look after that dog). He has learned to leave birds alone. However, he has a strong desire to chase cats and squirrels. While challenging, he does well with correction.

Loki has also been practicing good manners at home, too. For example, when going through doors, he knows he must 'wait' until released. He's been wanting to climb up on people for affection so he's been learning 'off' and 'down'to lay down and 'stay' to keep him from sneaking off into the kitchen. He seems to know 'sit' pretty well.

Once in a while Loki will still come up to you and start nipping you when he wants some “rough house” play (even though we never rough house him!). If you don’t stop him immediately with a loud “OW! and a firm NO! it is harder to make him stop and listen to you (he will ignore the NO). You also need to tell him immediately “nice” and “kisses” while you hold out our hand for him to lick. As soon as he calms down and licks gently, praise him profusely and shower attention on him. Loki would do better with another dog to play with him.

He LOVES squeak toys and tennis balls that squeak. He is a "fetch the ball" fanatic and stares at the ball without moving a muscle while waiting for you to throw it. He loves playing "keep away" with the ball in his mouth just as much as fetching, and yet he will let you take it out of his mouth! He likes his toys and balls so much that he will "entertain himself" with them! He plays roughly with his heavy tug-of-war rope toy, shaking it and throwing it up in the air "all by himself." He does the same with his squeak snake (but is not as rough with it). He walks around squeaking his tennis balls, dropping them and fetching them "all by himself."

For training, he is very treat and praise motivated, in that order. However, Loki did show early signs of resource guarding with a bag of dog food.

He also rides nicely in the back seat of the car and will wait in the car (even lie down) while you make a quick run in a store.

Loki is a level 3 dog currently being fostered in the East Bay.



Important Note About Dog Descriptions

Please remember that the descriptions of dogs (of Dogs Available) have been written by GSRNC volunteers and are usually based only upon our observation of the dog since the time it was rescued. While we try to provide dog descriptions that are fair and accurate, the nature of our work involves contact with dogs whose background and history are unknown to us. GSRNC cannot warrant or guarantee any dog's future behavior. For example, if we say that a rescue dog gets along with children, cats, or other dogs, this statement is usually based upon the fact that one of our volunteers has observed the dog interacting with his or her own children or pets. While this information may be helpful, we cannot be certain of how a dog will do with the children or pets in your home. If you are considering adopting, we encourage you to come to one of our Adoption Days and meet our rescue dogs. Ultimately, only you can decide whether one of our dogs is right for you.

Explanation of the Dog Levels

1 – "Fireplace dog"
Couch potato, super easy, low energy and no issues. This level of dog would do well in any home regardless of owner experience. (We rarely come across this level of dog.)

2 – “Easy Large Breed Companion Dog”
Low to moderate energy, needs some exercise but it is not a daily requirement. This dog will do well in most homes. The dog gets along with most other dogs, gets along with most other people and have been successfully been around children. The dog has no real behavioral issues that need to be managed or dealt with on a daily basis. This dog is an easy family dog.  

3 –“Standard Large Breed Dog”
Moderate energy, needs daily exercise of some sort to thrive and stay happy. This dog will do well in many types of homes, but some situations will not work for this dog. This dog may not get along with some types of dogs. This dog may be reactive to some other dogs while on leash. It may have too much energy to be around small children while unattended, and may have some behavioral issues that will require formal training or daily monitoring for the dog to successfully live happily in a family. These issues are normally minor such as fence climbing, prey drive, minor separation anxiety, nervousness in crowds, or other minor behavioral traits. A Potential Adopter for a level 3 dog must have prior, recent large breed dog experience and be able to demonstrate the ability to successfully deal with the level 3 dog that they wish to adopt.  

4 – “Experienced Ownership Required”
Moderate, high or very high energy/drive. Needs an experienced owner familiar with working breed behavior to provide direct leadership and proper management. Level 4 dogs typically have a challenging behavior, but are good dogs. These dogs might be dog-reactive with most other dogs or dog-aggressive, may have to be an only animal in the home, maybe have moderate separation anxiety.  The dog normally needs daily physical and mental stimulation, etc. This level of dog is not an average pet. (We try to limit the number of level 4 dogs in our program.) A Potential Adopter for a level 4 dog must be able to demonstrate the experience and ability to safely manage and care for a level 4 dog.  

5 – “Competitive or Working Dog”
This is a dog that has an intense focus to ‘work’. It could be a dog that provides Search and Rescue services, could be a competitive Flyball or Agility dog, or has other working abilities. These dogs can be strong, pushy, dominant, and/or have extreme energy/drive. They need a professional handler or an owner who has the experience to provide a demonstrated commitment to the dog’s ‘working ability’. A Potential Adopter for a level 5 dog must be able to demonstrate the experience and ability to safely manage and care for a level 5 dog.