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GURNEY

GURNEY
** Available For Adoption **
Gender: Male
Color: Blue w/Rust
Age: 2 yrs.
WT: 88 lbs.
Ears: Natural
Tail: Docked
Altered: Neutered
Micro Chipped: Home Again
House Trained: Yes
Evaluating his adaptability with other dogs.  Not good with male dogs but play bows to females.
Did live with a kitten when he was younger.  Not good with cats now.
Good with older children.
This handsome, fit, sturdy young Dober came to us from a young woman who lived in an apartment.  Maybe his puppy months proved to be more than she could manage, maybe something else precipitated it, but she decided she couldn't keep him with her anymore, so for the past several months he’s been living at her uncle’s, where at least there’s a fenced yard.

We see this often, where someone wants a Doberman and gets a puppy but perhaps doesn’t realize all the work involved with raising and training such a dog.  They go through the most challenging months, then give up shortly before the dog transitions into adulthood.   Their loss becomes someone else’s gain, however, and such will be the case with this wonderful boy.

That’s not to say he doesn’t need any finishing.  He is still young and generally untrained, but he’s a prime candidate for the love, attention, and consistent guidance that will help him mature and realize his full potential.  He’s also had little exposure to other dogs and life in general, so he shows a bit of uncertainty around other dogs and may go with the false-bravado barking/aggression to let them know not to mess with him.  (Silly boy.)
 
We get the impression that in previous attempts to control him (mind you, I didn’t say “train”), a leash may have been used inappropriately.  It also seems that at some point he may have been treated in a heavy-handed manner by a male.  But already he’s making good friends with our male volunteers, is letting a leash be put on him, and is learning to walk politely on leash.  One of our male volunteers even sat on the floor with him, and Gurney actually gave him small, tentative kisses after the volunteer scratched him under the chin.  He’s no dummy, just untrained and the former recipient of some counterproductive treatment.
 
Not surprisingly, he still jumps up some (as any puppy is inclined to), but this again is an aspect of the lack of guidance to this point and will improve with consistent redirection.  The good news is, he does respond to “Down,” and “Easy.”  Good dog. :-)  He also knows the following commands: “Sit, Paw, Down, Bang (Point finger like a gun, pull “trigger” and say “bang.”  He’ll play dead.), and Leave it.”  Oh, and he’ll “high five.”  He also loves to play with the Jolly Ball and will chase it for as long as someone has the energy to throw it.
 
He loves his squeaky toys and rawhide chews.  If he gets bored, he’s been known to chew his bedding and stuffed animals.  He’s easily distracted with a game of fetch, however, and again, consistent training and guidance are going to make huge improvements as he learns what is expected of adult Dobers.  His former mom says “He’s not aggressive and is really goofy and loving; he deserves a home where he can thrive.”  He clearly loves to go for rides and sits quietly looking out the window at the scenery - no barking or pacing.
 
 
Volunteer comments:
    “Gurney is a large powerful Dobie.  He is still getting used to living with us atDRT, but once he is comfortable with you he's that much bigger of a lover.  He pulls on a leash and could use some manners, but he will love you if you take the time to let him be comfortable and trust you.”

    “He really loves to chase the Jolly Ball.  If you don't throw it too far, he'll bring it back to you to throw again.  If you throw it too far though, he'll look at you like "Nah, don't think so; why don't YOU go get it?"

    “Gurney is a really nice dog.   He loves to chase the Jolly Ball.  He seems a little nervous if you raise your hands in play and cringes a bit, but he warms up and loves to interact with humans once you have his interest.”

    “My only contact with Gurney so far was as we were getting ready to go to lunch.  He sure is a regal looking guy!”

    “Gurney is a big blue male with a great coat and beautiful eyes.  He is a little shy, but with just a little positive attention he is quickly accepting of new human friends.  By the end of the first day with him, we were best buddies.  Early indications suggest he is well behaved.  He does pretty well on a leash.  When walking he doesn't pull much, but if you pick up the pace to a jog, he thinks it is a race and will pull you to keep up with him.  Gurney's personality suggests he will be a very loyal companion.  The more you give to a Dober like Gurney, the more he is going to give back. When he finds the right family, he will always be by your side and live up to the "Velcro Doberman" reputation most are known for!” 
 
    "Gurney has a lot of energy and just needs training. He's doing better with the leash but still needs work. He likes to use his nose hunt for critters, he likes to play tug but gets excited when someone will play with it him. He's just too strong for me. He's needs a very active person that is serious about training him. He's a sweet boy when he wants to be."
 
    "I don’t think I’ve ever met such a large and exuberant dog that is also sweet, loving,  and attentive.  He needs a large fenced yard (and I mean large) or a small farm.  He also needs a physically fit human that is willing to work and play with him.  As I’m height - challenged  and our yard and house are too small we just couldn’t consider him.  As a recent adopter of a Done from DRT, each of the dogs are special and have their own personalities and quirks, and love their humans like no other pet we’ve had in the past. Gurney  loves to play and be rewarded for good behavior.  Even in my short time with him, he appeared to respond to clear direction with enthusiasm, but don’t ever underestimate him, he’s smart.  If you are willing to work (train) and play with him while staying firm on directions, you will have a Velcro family member that is fun and caring, friendly when introduced properly, and protective when needed."
 
     "Gurney is just a stud.  Big fella who can be a bit of a bull in a china shop but his heart is gold.  He loves attention and leans hard against anyone willing to administer some loving (This is called a "Doberman lean").  Seems to like the female dobes but definitely not a fan of other males.  Loves to run and especially fond of tug-of-war....which I think he is undefeated (this is something that is not recommended you do with your Dobes).  Despite his healthy energy he can be just as content as a 100 pound lap dog.  Beautiful eyes on this one.  Gurney is great example of why people who love dobermans...really love dobermans."
 
    "Gurney is a big, sweet, and loveable boy. He is very handsome, all male, and loves to chase and play tug with any big roped ball. But the absolute best of Gurney is his "velcroness". He can't get close enough to you. Gurney responds with plenty of affection when petted or rubbed. He's just a big old bucket of love looking to share it with his lucky adopters. Gurney is looking forward to meeting you."
 
 
 
I think you can see this is an outstanding fellow who simply needs the consistent attention and guidance of a loving family.  If you think yours may be the one, make an appointment to meet him once your application is approved, and come see for yourself what a terrific fellow he is.  If you do, I suspect Gurney will be making a journey with you!


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