Known affectionately here at the Ranch as “Chiefers” or “Chief-chief,” Chief is a gorgeous young German Shepherd mix who is still looking for his forever family. He was one of a litter of eleven puppies brought to the Ranch during the Lava Fire incident. Chief was adopted out at nine weeks old but returned to us a few months later as a very rambunctious teenager. Unfortunately, it appears that he wasn’t given the focused socialization that is absolutely necessary to raise a well-rounded, confident puppy.
His foster parents have been working hard to make up for this deficit with a great deal of training and lots of exposure to new people. Although he is still uncertain with new people, Chief is learning to tolerate a wider range of acquaintances and gaining self-confidence. He tends to favor women over men. When given time and the proper introductions, he learns to accept new friends. He needs a family who will commit to continuing his education with kind, confident leadership.
Once he gets to know you, though, Chief is deeply affectionate and transforms into a giant teddy bear. He loves to give hugs and kisses will even climb onto your lap for cuddles!
Like many German shepherds, he is very aware of his surroundings and pays close attention to everything going on around him. He also listens well to clearly-given obedience cues and is highly treat motivated, which makes him very trainable. With time and patience, he’ll learn whatever is asked of him. Like most young dogs, he is still full of puppy enthusiasm and can be wayward at times. But, deep down, he wants to please.
Chief has a strong natural protective instinct that will make him an excellent watchdog. He will need plenty of space to run and play as well as regular daily exercise. He socializes well with other dogs and would likely do well in a multi-dog family.
So if you are looking for a playful, watchful best friend for life, come on down to Rescue Ranch to meet our handsome Chiefers today!