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ROO - ID#A907986

My name is ROO.

I am a spayed female, fawn and white German Shepherd Dog mix.

The shelter staff think I am about 1 year and 10 months old.

I have been at the shelter since Dec 03, 2021.

This information is 1 hour old.
Shelter Staff made the following comments about this animal:
Roo, aka Rooney, is an approximately 1 year 9 month old spayed female German Shepherd mix who arrived at the shelter as a stray and has now been here for 9 months waiting for her fur-ever home! Roo unfortunately lacked confidence and would alert bark and keep her distance when she encountered new people. Roo has improved significantly since being here at the shelter (and after attending Board and Train for a few weeks to work on her skills). Roo still gets excited when being taken outside, but she has now learned to walk well on leash with an Easy Walk Harness. With her lopsided ears, this endearing girl is a favourite of staff and volunteers alike, especially when she leans into people for attention!

Due to her initial lack of manners, Roo spent a few weeks at a Board and Train facility, where she worked on her skills. She is now officially a TAS Second Chance Dog! While she is still a work in progress, Roo has improved with her leash skills and now responds to a series of commands, especially her favourite "settle". Her new owner will be required to continue her progress by working with a positive reinforcement trainer (a trainer must be in place prior to being approved for adoption). A copy of Roo's training reports is available to assist with finding an appropriate trainer.

Roo is incredibly smart and very food-motivated and tends to focus on her skills more consistently when rewarded. Her new owner will also need to continue her leash skill training and be willing to purchase a harness similar to what was used at the Board and Train facility (staff will discuss this and make some recommendations).

Roo cannot go into a home with young children under the age of 12. Since Roo tends to alert bark at strangers, she also cannot go into an apartment building or condo or anywhere she would frequently share space with strangers (say a hallway or an elevator). She also sometimes barks loudly when she hears someone in the hallway. With consistent training and ongoing socialization, this is something that we feel will improve once she gains confidence and has a routine.

Roo has a boisterous play style and is selective in terms of which dogs she likes and her play style means other dogs may find her to be "too much". She should be the only dog in the home and is not really "dog park" material yet.

If you can take on an active dog like Roo, please call the East Region Shelter at 416-338-7539.

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For more information about this animal, call:
City of Toronto Animal Services East Region at (416) 338-7297

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