German Shorthaired Pointer
Ranger is a beautiful dog with a rich brindle coat and very white chest weighing about 62 pounds. Ranger came to the BHS with his mother and siblings as babies. AC picked up the Mom as she was giving birth to one of the puppies and the BHS took them in. After the pups were weaned they went to different foster homes where they were socialized and Ranger and his sister got adopted together. They had a great life until their family had some changes in their lives that caused them with much anguish to give them up. Ranger was in a boarding facility until we were lucky enough to get a foster to take him in. He was doing very well with the foster in spite of him being a bit submissive and missing his family. The two pups had spent some time in a lovely fenced-in area so the family did not have the need to walk them a lot. He is now learning to walk well on a leash. With more training he will become a good consistent walking, hiking buddy. He appears to learn very quickly and is anxious to please. Ranger is hesitant about going into a confined area like the car but with more socialization he will come around .
The foster parent was unable to care for him at this point due to other obligations and Ranger is back at a boarding facility. We are worried he will loose all the confidence he obtained while in foster care and we are looking to find another foster family for him.
If shown what to do by a certain command, Ranger will pick up on what you are asking after some thinking. He only needs the command once, giving him a moment to roll it over in his mind and then he responds appropriately.
We think Ranger will do well in a home with a low level of stimulation due to his insecurities. That will change as he gets comfortable with a regular schedule and consistent communication from his owner with praise being a regular part of his day. Since he is a thoughtful dog, responding after considering the command a few seconds, he should continue to learn with an owner who is not impatient for results, as he needs only to be asked once.
Right now we do not think he should be in a home with small children and a lot of stimulation going on. He needs slow socialization.
Ranger has a lot of potential and would benefit from a group obedience class to really bring him to his potential.
Ranger has been dewormed, microchipped, tested for heartworm and is on preventive, neutered and has received the Distemper-Parvo combination vaccine, Kennel Cough vaccine and Rabies vaccine. For more information, please call the Bedford Humane Society at 540-586-6100, or go to www.bhsva.org/adoptions-home.htm to fill out an adoption application.