Jennings is a social two-year old Shepherd/Lab mix who thrives on praise and deserves a long-lasting home this time around with a family that will build up his confidence. He’s all wags and kisses once you get to know him and would make the perfect addition to any family looking to adopt a low-key but fun, goofy guy!
He’s a bit shy with new people at first, but after only 2 days with us he warmed up and now is always wagging when he sees us! At two years old, he’s also past his adolescent/puppy phase and would easily integrate into an average home. He has a medium level of energy, is house-trained and crate-trained, likes to play, go for walks and also just lay around with his humans! He knows some basic training cues and walks nicely on leash. He weighs in at about 55-60 lbs.
While Jennings isn’t an instant bonder with people, once you’ve earned his trust he warms right up. He was a bit hand-shy at first but we’ve been working on it and he’s gotten much better. I haven’t observed him around children yet but assume he would do well as long as the children are shown how to approach and handle him as he is generally very well socialized. He also isn’t jumpy/mouthy at all and is very gentle.
He enjoys greeting other dogs on leash and is very polite. He plays well with our dog Disco and although he’s not a marathon bully-player, he still knows how to get down! He and Disco share toys appropriately and even play tug.
In fostering him, we’ve noticed a bit of minor resource guarding from Disco (bed and crate – not toys) so I would recommend if he’s placed with another dog it’s with a more experienced or committed owner who can manage the environment and also do some counter-conditioning work with him. The few occurrences were minor and now that we know the triggers, we’ve prevented any more from happening. As he was an only dog for 2 years, he has probably never been shown that it’s possible to politely share so we hope to contribute to that with the positive experiences he’s been having with us!
BEHAVIOR: CATS/SMALL ANIMALS
Jennings was initially quite fearful of Sir Charles (our cat) and growled/backed away but once we did some basic counter-conditioning (pairing some tasty treats with the cat appearing) he’s quickly come around. He now sniffs curiously but still keeps his distance. I think he could definitely live with a cat as long as the owner is prepared to do some basic training with the two. He seems to have a normal level of prey drive towards small animals (ie. pigeons) as his ears and tail perk up but he doesn’t lunge or try to get to them.
Jennings is neutered, micro-chipped and up-to-date on all shots.
Check out a fun video of Jennings and Disco playing!
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