Say hello to Leonard!
This spunky little man is on the hunt for his perfect forever home. He is sassy and has a big attitude that we are sure he will grow into. We believe he is a German Shepherd X…the problem is we have no idea what the X is! We think he will be around the 25kg mark, but we have never seen his parents so your guess is as good as ours!
Unfortunately, due to an accident when he was around 4 weeks old, he came into care paralysed in his hind legs. Since being in care, Lenny has improved in leaps and bounds and while he still does have a wobble and occasionally loses his balance, he gets around with no issues! He has recently been assessed by an orthopaedic surgeon who believes Lenny may eventually be a completely normal dog with a normal gait. It is important for his new parents to understand that although he may be totally normal when he grows, there is still a chance he won’t have a normal gait and most likely will be subject to early onset arthritis.
He is a very vocal puppy and barks and grumbles away while playing. He has been growing up with 2 large dogs and 2 cats since he came into care at 5 weeks old. He is still learning when enough is enough but would do well with a dog that can teach him appropriate boundaries. He understands that cats are a no-go zone and seems more scared of them than they are of him. Leonard (or Lenny as he is affectionately known) is very human friendly and absolutely adores meeting new people and is fabulous with kids!
Lenny can be quite stubborn when it comes to training but does come around as long as you have his favourite treat close by. He has learnt to sit, wait, stay and wait until he is given the ‘okay’ command to eat. He walks quite well on the leash and with further training could be quite an easy dog to walk. He is still learning toilet training but gets better each day! Lenny generally will be able to sleep in his crate from 10pm to 6am, with the occasional accident if he hasn’t been to the toilet before going to bed.
Lenny loves to chew and has a specific love for cow hooves and rope toys – he will throw around a rope toy for hours! If left unsupervised, he can be destructive like any young puppy. He has begun to dig, but we are working on stopping that habit asap. He can be mouthy when he gets particularly excited and playful but will stop when told no. Lenny would do well in a home that has experience with stubborn dogs or a home that has a good routine since he relies heavily on routine when it comes to his toileting habits. Lenny also needs a home who will continue with his training and socialisation.
Leonard is desexed, microchipped, up to date with vaccinations and flea and worm treatments.