Age: 7 yrs and DOB 8/17/10
Color: Black and Tan
Activity level: Medium to High
Good with other dogs: Some if properly introduced
Good with cats: No
Foster parents: Mike and Gina D.
Yard Fencing: Required
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Duke is a handsome boy with a soft, shiny coat; he has long legs, strong shoulders and an alert look. He enjoys his daily walks around the neighborhood during the week and longer walks in the woods on weekends and has an extra spring in his stem when exploring a new trail.
We don’t know what his early years were like, but we were told by shelter personnel that his skin sores and ear infection were due to his living conditions before they took him in. They treated his health issues and gave him good care until he was ready to move on to foster care before finding his forever home.
Duke’s foster Dad told us that he knew some commands but needed to brush up on manners; he tried counter-surfing and would be mouthy when overly excited. With the help of our Training Director, Duke has learned to be good company and responds to directions. He’s very affectionate and will sometimes lean against the person who is petting him and then melt down to the floor, starting with his head and ending up on his side on top of your feet.
He loves playing with toys and is excited to chase his Wubba toy when it is tossed for him. Rubber balls are also favorites, and he will show off his soccer skills if you try to dribble a ball around him or pass it to him. He also knows how to play by himself when you have something else to do. He is used to staying in a crate when his people are at work, but he is not comfortable if a visitor comes in while he’s crated. He can be brought into the room on leash once a visitor is seated, and he likes to get acquainted slowly.
Duke will thrive in a home where he can be involved with daily activities. He wants to be with his people and will follow you around during the day and sleep in your bedroom at night. He’s quite intelligent and will appreciate a routine that includes both indoor games and outdoor exercises and walks. He’s a good companion in the car and will ride quietly when you’re doing errands. He listens when you talk to him and learns your routines and habits quickly and will respond well to someone who has German Shepherd experience and knows how to be a good leader!