Honour

 

Honour Status: Reserved

ID: 23260

Name: Honour

Breed: German Shepherd Dog (GSD) cross Belgium Shepherd

Age: 1 Year

Gender: Female

Adoption Fee: See the adoption details below

Location: In Foster in
Swansea, West Glamorgan

If you are interested in adopting a dog that does not say it can be homed with a cat and wish us to cat test please let us know and we will be happy to do this.

28-08-2018 Honour is a 18 month old female Belgium Shepherd who has come to us from a breeder.  She is worried needs TLC and reassurance that everything is OK.  She is very stong on the lead so needs a strong handler who will work with her to improve this.  Honour could live with another dog but she is full of engergy and if homed with another she would be best in a home with a large male who can match her energy levels.  However in the right circumstances and with an experienced dog owner we would consider homing her as an only dog.  She is gentle and has a good temperament .

02-10-18 UPDATE BY A VOLUNTEER

I had the pleasure of taking Honour out for a walk and was told she would be strong on the lead, but it felt more like nervous energy. Once we were on the quiet lanes and she had a chance to relax she was so eager to please! The phrase "rough diamond" kept popping into my head. The first photo is the only one I have showing off her ears and the second one shows her how amazing she is once she had decided to let her guard down:

17-10-18 UPDATE

This past week I have been lucky enough to get to spend some time with this beautiful soul who is so full of life, so intelligent and so loving and does not belong in kennels. She needs stimulation, a lot of exercise, training and love- she will thrive given ge opportunity. She already knows how to sit, walks on a lead and loves to play ball, she will zig zag in and out of my legs after a ball or treat, she could make a great agility dog. Working and training aside, Honour is also cuddly, affectionate and loves humans so would make a perfect cuddle partner after a long day of learning and running around exploring. I’m sure Honour won’t be with us much longer but the sooner she can get on with loving her best life the better as she really needs the stimulation, could you Honours teacher and best friend?

06-01-19 UPDATE

Honour is not off lead 95% of the time, so she's doing well. Walking on the lead she's great one on one and will walk to heal. However if she knows you're not paying attention or she's with someone that will be less aware she takes advantage. If she comes across a dog that is quite reactive on lead she matches their energy, if able to introduce properly she wants to play, if not she can get agitated. She's currently been living with a mix of number of dogs from 9 to 5, she understands to a degree not to mess around with the little ones as she'll get told off, however with the bigs she plays and plays! Can get quite rough sometimes depending on what dog, this can be problematic or fine depending on the dog.
Her best mix in a new home would be with a bigger male, she adores Denva my big gsd. Although I'd prefer her to go as an only dog because she requires a lot of attention and her behaviour goes a lot calmer on her own. The children she's met she's loved! Been quite gentle with them and pretty nonchalant. Older children only as the calmer the household the better and don't want her accidentally knocking them over.
Travelling in the car she's great, loves to watch where we are going and then just curls up on the seat. She is house trained. Honour isn't food aggressive but can be a thief if you're leave your plate on the side!!
If you've got a space on your sofa / bed for her and think you fit her criteria and want a fun, loving addition to your family then put an application form in online and come meet her. She will certainly love to meet you and will give you such a joyful greeting. Any questions feel free to ask and hopefully be her next chapter in life.

17-02-19 UPDATE
 

Honour has been with me in foster for 3 months now, after being in kennels for around one month, where she’d get increasingly stressed and problematic, regarding sharing a kennel with other dogs for example or just having too much energy that she couldn’t use up. No one wanted her as she portrayed such a negative image of a distressed dog, when in fact all she wanted was someone for herself that could give her the love she deserves.
Introducing Honour to the pack was always going to be a difficult meeting as she had so much built up energy that she wasn’t able to exert whilst in kennels. My dogs are very respectful and patient, however she certainly tested them and still does today!
She is living with a mixture of male, female, big and small and has no problem meeting dogs out on walkers and has never shown any aggression. Although I would rather her be an only dog, if someone with experience of the breed and a current dog who is a perfect match, then a meet and greet can go ahead, otherwise an only dog would suit her perfectly, especially as the love she has to offer is so immense.
The one on one training will need to continue as Honour needs her mind stimulated as much as she does physical exercise. An owner who wants to have a special connection, that enjoys the outdoors as much as Honour does. Her favourite place to run around and be free is in the forest, the scale in which she can explore every inch, all the different smells, it’s truly breathtaking to gaze at her when she’s in full speed and enjoyment, how agile and delicate her footing is, my hearts is in my mouth sometimes!
Honour isn’t the type of dog that you could take to a crowded park, there would be too many distractions for her and would result in you apologising for having a dog with selective hearing more times than you’d care to.
The best place is the woods for her, the beach is good but you’d need to have a tennis ball and a thrower to keep her interested, which she loves! Her recall is good, although you’d need to be knowledgeable on your surroundings to understand why she would get distracted or what possible dangers are around. For example, Honour has a dislike to horses and would run straight up to one, I’m assuming the same with sheep and other livestock. So taking into consideration that, her new owner would need to be 100% in knowing if fields are near by, what animals use it etc.
I initially cat tested honour in the rescue, she passed after some correction and realising that they weren’t going to do anything towards her. However after some thought and seeing how she is in the house, it’d be better if her new home had no small furries, cancels out any possible future problems. Crate training has become invaluable, giving a break to myself from the noise of honour playing relentlessly with one of the others and more importantly for her, it’s one of the few times in which she can completely relax and switch off. She understands its time for rest and 5 seconds after getting comfy, she’s out cold! Normally I do not use a crate but for her it is an effective tool. If she is very tired anyway after a long walk she doesn’t need it and will just curl up on the sofa but when there’s other dogs about she just wants to play, which is why if rehomed with another dog then you would need to be firm and confident enough in managing Honours hyperactive behaviour.
Travelling in the car is very enjoyable for her, she loves watching where we’re venturing off too, she normally just lays down and plays with her toys if it’s a longer journey and will happily sleep.
Honour isn’t food aggressive with humans or dogs and she has a great appetite.Treat training could be used quite effectively with her as she responds positively to it and learns quickly too, I haven’t done too much just because the amount of dogs in my home but she knows how to sit, give paw and sit and stay whilst waiting for food.
Honour is a highly intelligent young lady, her new owner would need to appreciate this and understand without the right exercise and mind stimulation then that’s when she’d get bored and her naughty side comes out to play.
Whilst meeting children she has been very good and respectful, I wouldn’t rehome her with very young children though because of how excitable she gets, especially after returning home or when it’s walk or food time.
Walking on the lead she is good and will walk to heel, however if she knows she can get away with it, she will take advantage and pull. Meeting other dogs whilst she’s on a lead is more tricky depending on how reactive the other dog is, she feeds on their energy. Meeting dogs out off lead she is very good, she will wait 10 metres away and assess if they want to play or not, improving every walk, it’s truly a joy to see her having freedom. To own a breed like this you have to have a strong mindset, as they aren’t the typical pet dogs. Highly intelligent, athletic, inquisitive, high prey drive - are some characteristics of the breed. Exercising needs to be fun, enjoyable and a good routine most importantly. Experience of the breed is needed, unless you can prove you have a desire to want to have one of these breeds and have plans of training etc. Everyone’s got to start somewhere but they aren’t for everyone.
Honours affection for people is probably the first thing you’ll notice, after the fact she looks like a hyena! She really wants to be close to you when she isn’t playing and has no concept of personal space, she’d wrap herself around your neck like a scarf if she could! To be curled up next to you in bed is up there with her favourite things. Someone who fits her criteria is out there and they will know it straight away, until the this perfect person comes along she will stay with me and explore the world some more until she finds her happy ever after

PLEASE NOTE: We nearly always home dogs who have come from breeders where there is ALREADY A RESIDENT DOG living in the house. They have usually never lived in a house before and are only used to canine company. They usually get their confidence and learn faster with another dog to copy from. This also helps with house training and learning how to walk on a lead. They will make lovely pets but do need a lot of love, time and patience. If the ex breeding dog you are interested in can be an only dog it will say so in its write up. Please read our information on ADOPTING EX-BREEDING DOGS before you apply.

ADOPTION DETAILS
The adoption fee for an adult dog (6 months and over) is £220 and for a puppy is £250, However if the dog has a passport you will be given this when you adopt and we ask for a further £20 to help us buy a passport for another dog. You will find a break down of what the adoption fee covers under our Adoption Procedures (see link below) If your application is successful you will be home checked and you, all members of your family and any dog(s) who will be living with the dog MUST come to meet the dog you want to adopt. All our dogs are micro-chipped, have had at least their first inoculation and are spayed/neutered unless there is a medical reason for not doing so. You must have a safe means of transporting the dog home in a crate or if this is not possible please discuss with Many Tears or the Fosterer when your application is being processed.

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