Age: 3 year(s)
male, neutered
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Goliath's Story:


Congratulations to Goliath and his new family!!

Goliath was picked up as a stray and was initially available at the shelter but began to decline from kennel stress. Goliath was a favorite with the staff and volunteers at the shelter, who made sure he was on our radar to save him.

His evaluation started with taking him out to a play area where he could get some running and sniffing in. After some play time he was ready to get down to the business of showing us his sweet personality.

"Goli" is a classic black and tan, plush coat boy, weighing in at about 77 pounds.

Goli is a super easy GSD with great house manners, he is house broken, and crate trained. He is a lower energy GSD and while he enjoys his morning walk where he is super easy on the leash, walking at your pace . . .he is just as happy to hang out with his people during the day.

He is friendly to all people on his walks. He will alert on strange dogs on his walk but does not get aggressive or bark. A “leave it” command is all he needs to let the strange dog pass by.

Goli can be left alone in the house, uncrated with no issues. He is not a nuisance barker, does not dig or chew anything inappropriately. In other words, he has perfect household manners.

See Goliath being a good boy out on his walk!!

Goli is a happy boy but insists on being the top dog in the household, so he MUST be an only dog to bring out the best in him . . . where he will thrive and be well behaved.

Goli knows sit, down, shake, come and place. He is working on “heel” but is so light on the lead, it is almost not necessary. He takes treats with a soft mouth.

Goliath is a level three dog currently being fostered in Pebble Beach.



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.