6 year old • Male • 75 lbs
Jax Jr. is mostly white with assorted splashes of brown.
We are loving fostering Jax Jr.! He is a sweet, playful, goofy, and smart boy. Jax loves doing zoomies in the backyard, scratches on the belly, and enjoying all the new experiences (although sometimes they can be scary). He would fit best with someone who has a fenced-in backyard, as he enjoys nothing more than sniffing the perimeter and running around; but it is not a requirement.
We have had him for only a few weeks, and are working on walking on a leash and not pulling. He has learned the basic commands pretty quickly. We are still working on house-manners. Jax was not housebroken when he came to us; but he has done remarkably well in the short time we have had him. He understands that outside is for potty breaks, inside is not. Sometimes there is a slipup because he does not know how to signal to go outside quite yet. He has a protector sense and will bark when someone comes on the property; but it is short-lived and not excessive. Jax is a big boy and is not aware of his size. For the most part, he won’t jump, although he does get excited and sometimes forgets.
He loves his blankets and his stuffed elephant. Jax needs an owner that will show him new things, give him attention and love, and work with him to get him to reach his potential.
Jax gets along with dogs and on walks doesn't seem to show them too much attention. He does great with my dog. He definitely seems to have a connection with dogs; so even if you don’t have one of your own, providing Jax with opportunities to play with other dogs would make him very happy.
He has not spent time with any children. However, because he has no sense of personal space and his size, I think he would be fine only for older children.
Jax does not like the crate, so as he is an older dog, we do not push it: We leave him in a room gated off when we are gone, and he has done fine without bothering any household belongings.
Jax is a gentle giant and will make a wonderful pet. He adores being active as much as he adores lounging. And with more training, he is going to be as obedient as he is loving.
Jax Jr. is up-to-date on vaccinations, neutered, and microchipped. He tested positive for heartworms and is receiving a gentle protocol to gradually eliminate the heartworms: it starts with 28 days of doxycycline along with heartworm preventative (ivermectin--Heartgard, Iverheart, or Tri-heart) twice that month, continuing with the preventative every two weeks for a year.
With the gentle protocol, no excessive confinement is required. Dogs should not be out in the heat for long periods of time, and should not engage in heavy exercise until they test negative for heartworms. Heavy exercise that should be avoided includes full-speed running for any distance, jogging more than a short distance such as one block, repetitive ball chasing, and high-energy play with other dogs. Leash walking is fine in most cases, as long as they do not get winded and it is not too hot.
Most dogs will test negative for heartworms within a year using this method. Jax began the gentle protocol in February 2021, so he should test negative in February 2022.
Jax Jr. lost his home and was brought into IAR through a Good Samaritan.
IAR subsidizes post-adoption professional training with Jane Marshall (www.cheerydogs.com) to encourage a life-long and successful bond between the dog and the adopter. Group classes for puppies and adult dogs are provided at a substantial discount to IAR adopters.