Private Party Dogs

The following dogs are available through private parties and are NOT associated with Second Chance German Shepherd Rescue; they are listed here as a courtesy. Second Chance German Shepherd Rescue has not evaluated these dogs and does not make any claims about or take any responsibility for the temperament or health of any dog listed. Please contact the person or rescue operation indicated in the listing for more information about each dog.

Contact Jen
5 1/2 years / Female


We purchased Destiny from a reputable GSD breeder and she comes from a solid line of GSD’s. Our original goal was to have a loving companion for myself (a disabled veteran with PTSD) and to possibly breed her. At the time our kids were 10 & 12 and we had a middle-aged cat whom Destiny got along well with. My husband works full-time outside of the home while I am a stay-at-home mother. Destiny attended dog behavioral/basic training through Elite Dogs Training and Boarding out of Sacramento as a puppy and she did very well and we have continued to hone many of her learned skills since that time.

Over the years Destiny has become progressively aloof and anxious. This got me thinking about my personal relationship with her and how my PTSD probably caused her to have anxiety because I suffer from serious anxiety and I am the one home with her the most. She seems to be able to read my anxiety even before it manifests physically and seems to be very affected by it.

My feelings have definitely changed for her. I will always have love for her but I don’t want her anymore. It has affected my anxiety knowing that I’ve possibly made her anxious to the point where I don’t want to have anything to do with her because I don’t want to deal with her anxiety. She basically ignores myself and the kids and only seems to want to be around my husband. She adores him because he’s always calm, loving and rarely, if ever, disciplines her. She knows that she can run to him if she feels uneasy with me.


She seems to be a depressed, anxious, unhappy dog here. We feel guilty because we live in a home without a fenced yard for her to run and play freely in and we feel she deserves better. She has never shown or displayed any aggression towards any people or animals. She’s never even growled—no violent tendencies whatsoever. She gets regularly groomed at our local PetSmart and they adore her there. I feel in a different, better environment, she has the potential to be a great family pet and would be very well-mannered.

We are in Forresthill. She is spayed and the vet has mentioned that she shows signs of having cataracts but is up to date with vaccines and is healthy otherwise. Posted 6/13/2021

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Contact Linda

Here is Ozzy's story. Ozzy was dumped in my neighborhood and was almost hit by cars several times. He had been wandering in our neighborhood for days. I was able to get a trap and get him off the streets. When found, he had a collar with no tags and a piece of frayed rope most likely used to chain him up. He was NOT chipped and we took him to the shelter in San Jose, Ca (off of Monterey Road) to see if anyone would claim him.  Unfortunately, no one claimed after the 5 day hold period. The shelter then decided that they wanted him to be put down. I of course would not let that happen. So once they neutered him and gave him all his shots I picked him up. It was clear that Ozzy had no human attention and most likely had been tied up his whole life and was always by himself. I immediately took him to a professional trainer and paid for his intensive training out of my own pocket. Brent Cooper personally did the training at Cooperhaus K9. After 2 months he is a totally changed dog. He is able to sit, stay, down stay and heal on walks beautifully. He is also able to train on obstacle courses and does exceptionally well. He wants to be with you and just wants to be loved. I would love to keep him but I have 5 pets and I just cannot take another. I hope to find him the right home with a place where he can be free to run and have a human that loves him. He will need continued training and I can help the new owner and pay for training with Brent. If you know of anyone please let me know! I love this guy.  Posted 5/15/2021

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Contact  Joe
3-4 years / Male

Bruno is looking for a new home. He is 3-4 years old intact male. He needs a large yard to be left alone to enjoy. He loves to play ball all day and walks well on leash. I love having him at my home as we are fostering him for an ill brother. However I have a female boxer who has been bitten by him. All she does is rough house with him and when he has enough, he snip at her. He just needs his own space. We are in Greenwood, CA. Posted  5/15/2021

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Contact Mila
 3 years / Male

Good aspects

Odin is a very friendly dog with humans and loves children. He is approximately a 3 year old purebred German shepherd (we got him from a shelter). He loves small animals and will intently stare at them for hours- he will be gentle with them if taught to do so. He loves playing fetch but does have hard time grasping the idea of returning the ball. He loves stuffed animals and will hold them everywhere at all times, even while he is sleeping, he likes tug of war. He is very good on walks and knows how to heel ( he wears a prong collar and a muzzle). With guests he will jump on them and shower them with love. He is a very good watchdog and is constantly on alert mode. He is very good in the house alone and if all doors are properly shut he will sleep on the couch and wait for his humans to come back home- he has never had a problem with destroying furniture, carpet, etc. 

Bad aspects 

Odin is dog aggressive and has escaped multiple times and attacked dogs- none were seriously hurt but went away with a couple of scratches. He can not go to a home with dogs. He wears a muzzle on walks to be safe but if he is with a firm hand he is under control. We haven’t found anything that motivates him to listen in public (treat or motivation). He has a sensitive stomach and needs a simple and pretty consistent diet (pumpkin puree he responds well to). He can be too pushy with small children and try to herd them roughly- if a child is firm with him he responds to it. 

If he has an owner with a commanding presence and knowledge on this breed and Odin's own set of problems he will do well.  Posted 5/15/2021

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