Sebastian has a chequered history and he is a confused boy as a result. He was adopted when his owners were in Vietnam, when they rescued him from being eaten at eight weeks old. They had problems with his challenging behaviour out there and employed a trainer, who proved to be unsatisfactory. They then brought him and another dog back with them to the UK. Sadly, serving time in the quarantine kennels did not help Sebastian and he became even more unsettled. Since his release, he has calmed down considerably and is becoming less and less problematical as time goes by.
He is still a work in progress however. Sebastian will challenge humans and this appears to stem both from his own desire to dominate and, at other times, from fear and confusion. His owners feel that he would be better in a more experienced hands and, although reluctant to rehome him, feel that this would be in his best interests. Having said all that, our assessor did not experience any problems with Sebastian. He was greeted with reticence but no aggression. He allowed himself to be handled and even walked on lead acceptably for our assessor.
Sebastian lives with another dog but this is not entirely satisfactory. His attitude to companion is uncertain. His owners did say that they did not know what he is like with other dogs. He is never let off lead and is exercised on a long line. However, when out with our assessor, he was approached from behind by another dog and he remained unmoved by this - exemplary behaviour for a GSD by anyone's standards.
Poor Sebastian it is no wonder that he is a challenge. His very early weeks must have been a living hell and even then there was further disruption and a pronged separation . He has had a lot to process. He is making progress and there can be every hope that, given time and calm confident handling, this boy can grow into a relaxed and confident shepherd. This will in involve commitment to a long term period of consistent training with an experienced GSD owner.
Are you that person? Can you give Sebastian what he needs?
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||Older children only