Nash has been in our program for two months during which we have been working with him on doggy social skills, especially the initial meet and greet, manners in general and just given him lots and lots of doggy interaction, human interaction and working with him.
I am very pleased with his progress. He no longer views us a walking moving chewy toys. He has gained respect for our presence.
Nash is now meeting new dogs and getting along with them almost instantly. He seems to have learned that being rough does not make a good impression.
Nash is a self-assured, slightly dominant dog. He needs a firm hand using positive training methods.
This dog would be best trained with lure, treat, clicker, platform type training. He has learned to take the treat more nicely.
He is better about being touched about the head and neck but whoever adopts him needs to continue desensitization of that area. This goes for brushing him too. He hates to be brushed so we do in small bits of time. He is much better.
We have not had him around, and I would not recommend a home with small dogs, with cats or children under teen age. I would recommend someone who is committed to spending the resources on training: willingness, money and time. Add some training and this dog is going to be awesome.
Ok, maybe not as smart alecky as the Nash Bridges character of years ago, but still, this boy has quite the personality!
He is funny, can be full of himself and if he could talk I would imagine some of the same comments slipping out of his mouth.
Nash has a sureness about him and he does tend to lean on the dominance side with other dogs and not always the most courteous and respectful when first meeting new dogs ~ but he is learning.
Nash is like this big over grown puppy. He is big, weighing in at over fifty pounds and he is young, a year if that.
He is very active and doesn’t seem to realize how big he is.
A fenced in yard would really be best for this dog.
Not sure about cats and small dogs so for now, let’s just say a home of his own or with another large dog.
Nash is a sharp boy and picks up fast.
He is good in his crate.
He is said to be house trained but we have not had him inside loose for long times so new adopters will want to keep an eye on him for the first couple weeks.
As we get to know him better, he is pretty new to our program, we will post more information.
Here is some information on the breed, Dutch Shepherd:
“The Dutch Shepherd, or DS for short, is a lively and intelligent breed with an insatiable desire to work. Whether they are herding sheep, fighting crime, assisting the disabled, or just going for a long hike as a family pet, the DS can do it all! They are definitely not the breed for everyone, as they require a lot of physical and mental stimulation to keep them happy and healthy. If you can provide the activity they need and are looking for a loyal, hard-working, devoted and loving companion then the Dutch Shepherd might be the breed for you.” NADSR
Nash needs someone with some doggy experience and who can handle a touch of attitude.
He will most definitely need to participate in doggy obedience classes:
Please note that adopters will be expected to participate in a dog obedience class.
There are many reasons why taking your new puppy to a dog class is a good thing:
encourage bonding, increase pups self-esteem, learn new things or new ways of teaching those old things, meet new people who love dogs too, have resources to help solve those doggy behaviors we don’t want, and maybe, just maybe, get involved in the world of doggy sports because today, there is a multitude of doggy sports for everyone!
Here are a few: Rally obedience, agility, musical freestyle, lure coursing, barn hunt, hose work, conformation, herding. Your wallet may be lighter when you go out and compete but your life will be fuller!
Let us know if you need help finding a dog obedience class in your area.
Local dog obedience clubs are a good place to look!
Nash is available for adoption. If you are interested, please fill out an application and email it to us as an attachment.
Click here for adoption application
Medical: He is neutered, micro chipped, wormed, and up to date on shots.
Microchip: Included in the adoption is the registration of the AVID micro chip in the new owner’s name.
Adoption fee: $225
Leash and Collar or Harness: a Lupine brand harness or collar and leash are provided for each canine. Lupine has a life time guarantee; if chewed, the company will replace it free of charge.
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