BREED: Shepherd mix
AGE: 6.5 years old
SIZE & WEIGHT: Large, 75 pounds
SURRENDER: Gunner was a surrender.
TEMPERAMENT: TEMPERAMENT: no it would make an excellent search and rescue dog or teach him to do search and rescue. He’s a dog he’s quite brave and will climb just about anything to investigate something he thinks he should investigate. He’s very aware of what’s going on around him, and very calm at the same time. He’s mild-mannered and very dedicated to his family and owner. He will gravitate to anyone he thinks will throw a ball for him, or sticks into lake or the creek. This is one very smart dog with an easy-going temperament. He does not like anyone to touch his ears. Also not keen about clipping his nails. Hence, no children.
PERSONALITY: Gunner is extremely smart, one of the smartest ever met. He’s not big on hugging, but loves people and is extraordinarily happy when he meets people he knows that have been good to him, give him treats and has nice, calm and sincere energy. He dearly wants to be with people who love him and he loves. He is one of those “old souls”. He has a comforting presence once he gets to you and you him. He avoids conflicts and really wants to be in peace, with harmony, and a quiet safe environment, his personality is very casual. He’s the type of dog to take hiking, to creeks and lakes, car rides, and up to a short jog with you. Stays with you biking too. At night he just wants to follow you to your room and lay down on a cozy blanket for the night.
HOW IS PET WITH CATS: He is usually fine with them, ignores them, but if one tries to swat at it rather than leave it he can likely try to snap. hence, we advise no cats. He chases squirrels up trees.
HOW IS PET WITH DOGS: Gunner is good around dogs. He plays with some dogs but he’s more into chasing a ball and bringing it back and gently dropping it. He patiently waits till other dogs are not around so he can drop the ball.
HOW IS PET WITH KIDS: We would not recommend with children. He has shown no interest in children , he did grow up around children, we just don’t advise children because they might want to hug him or lay on him if parents are not supervising and he may not be up for that.
BEST MATCH: An adopter that realizes Gunner has his limitations with handling, mainly his ears. He does not like anyone trying to clean his ears. Hence needs a responsible mature pet owner that realizes he’s not tolerant dog when it comes to touching him in those areas. He’s a great companion and makes you feel safe having him around your home and tends towards guarding, hence, needs an adopter teach him that it’s your job to guard the house not his and he will calm down and gladly let you do that. Never leash train and we are working on it however we recommend letting him run we’re running chasing a stick prior to getting him to walk on leash. He’s just too powerful and wanting to go and never learn she’s not supposed to pull you. He was not taken out for walks when growing up after he became an adult. Just adopted by an adopter that has experience with shepherds. Does not need a home with another dog. He’s fine being the only dog and being left when you go to work or come and go, but he really prefers to be around people nearby, not like being isolated. He is good in the house, housebroken, not distracted, and happy to lay in the house after you take them out in the morning to throw a ball over and over and then later at night. he wants to be where you are. And a big yard he likes to sniff around and investigate. He’s very much like a search and rescue dog. Also someone that does not overfeed their dogs. Gunner tends to over eat if you let him. Need to watch his waist line! He mainly need someone to throw a tennis ball every day, many times a day! He has been crate trained somewhat however he really doesn’t need a crate. He is housebroken, non destructive and well mannered in the house. He stays around property outside and it’s not a dog that runs off. He need some basic training to pay more attention to come when called although he’s not bad. Needs a leader so he doesn’t think he should do what he pleases. He’s a keen learner and learns extremely fast and happily. Will work for food! :). He could be a Search and Rescue dog. Has a keen sense of smell and determination.
FAVORITE THINGS: Playing fetch with a tennis ball! Going for a long walk. Someone that can offer activity, running, jogging, throwing balls and sticks and going for car rides with you. He happily jumps in and happy to stick his head out the window enjoy the drive. With windows down he happily waits for you in the car if it’s warm out and cold he will stay inside. Of course it’s too hot or cold t hen best left at home. He’s an older dog but extremely fit for his age. He loves running for a ball and catches the mid air. He is a true athlete and runs fast. He would’ve made a great football player if he was a human! He loves to go in the creek trying to find a stick someone throws for him and he will go over rocks, boulders to Rushing Creek in anything to search for. He will then find what it was he tossed and run back to you.
BREED: Shepherd mix