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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 7 months old.

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

This information is less than 1 hour old.
Shelter Staff made the following comments about this animal:
Roo, aka Kangaroo, aka Kanga-roony, is an approximately one year old spayed female German Shepherd mix who arrived at the shelter as a stray. Roo unfortunately lacked confidence and would alert bark and keep her distance when she encountered new people. Once she began to accept her new caregivers, Roo then became what can only be described as a Gangly Giraffe or a Boxing Kangaroo. Roo would get so excited to interact with people she would jump up at staff, legs flying in the air, making her very difficult to walk or even get close to. With her lopsided ears, this endearing girl still worked her way into the hearts of staff, especially when she would lean into people for ear scratches and hugs.

Due to her lack of manners, staff felt that Roo would benefit from a few weeks at a Board and Train facility. Roo has now returned and is 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 trainer is necessary as Roo does sometimes forget her newfound skills and needs daily reminders and practice with her commands. A copy of her training reports is available to assist with finding an appropriate trainer.

Roo is 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 is recommended for homes with children over the age of 12. Since Roo tends to alert bark at strangers, she is also not recommended for high-traffic areas where she would frequently share space with strangers (say a hallway or an elevator) as her bark can be somewhat initimidating. With consistent training, 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. She should be the only dog in the home and is not really "dog park" material. If you can take on an active dog like Roo, please call the East Region Shelter at 416-338-7539.

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

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