Name: Vinnie
Age: 5 years
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When you inquire about a dog, the following questions might be helpful:

1. Why are you giving up your dog?

2. Has the dog ever bitten, nipped or 'gone after' anyone?

3. Does it have any health problems? Who is your vet? May I contact him/her?

4. Where did you get the dog? Does it have papers?

5. Does your dog have any training? Is it housebroken? crate trained?

6. Is the dog left alone for long periods? What does it do? Bark? Dig? Chew? Is it an inside or outside dog? Where does it sleep?

7. How does the dog behave with adults, children? Other dogs? Cats?

8. Is your dog mellow? calm? energetic? protective? affectionate?


Vinnie is a beautiful 5-year-old 82 lb. lovable shepherd I adopted from City of Sacramento Animal Services early April this year. He had just been neutered and described as intelligent, gentle, mellow and gets along very well with the shelter dogs; he had been found walking on Hwy 99. He is intelligent, fun, very playful, enjoys being touched, with tummy rubs and brushed, loves all types of toys, trying to engage you to play with him. He loves to play in the water and gets a little obsessed and occasionally lays in the empty bathtub. He is quite a character at times. Super sharp sense of smell and would likely do well in a dog sniffing course. He is very good in the house, not destructive and will usually lay next to you when working. He enjoys people a lot, friendly with strangers who come to the house and has been gentle with children we have met as well; he has a soft mouth when taking food and waits patiently for food but will still counter-surf if the opportunity is there and the smell of meat, but corrects easily.

He has many great qualities but outside on walks he seems to have some fear, very reactive with all dogs, and has prey drive with small animals so you have to be alert on walks to manage him. He has had some private training to date and does very well on learning basic obedience until he sees dogs on the walks and then gets very distracted. The trainer thinks Vinnie has great qualities but needs someone very committed to continue training him to help him can get through this reactiveness from fear. He also might do well at a canine training and boarding type program to get more intensive training. However, similar to when he was at the shelter, he was not reactive at all with the dogs at my vet’s clinic on the 2 occasions when they brought him inside and walked by the dogs; it seems to be associated when he sees them outside where he did not have much socialization. I get the feeling he enjoys being with dogs but gets overwhelmed when outside.

I just retired and was looking for a social co-pilot at this point in my life to go places but Vinnie is too much for me to handle with the reactiveness and he needs a larger secure yard with fewer distractions than my yard; one with more open area to really run around and play with you and his toys. He is moderate energy but needs good exercise. I love Vinnie, he has a very gentle nature with people and everyone who has met him sees this. I want a loving home for him with someone who is committed to helping him get through some of these fears outside and with a secure yard where he can play. For more information about Vinnie, please contact Janie.