2 year old • Male • 49 lbs
Dimitri has a thick tan coat with white markings.
Dimitri is a playful, friendly, active, and exuberant young guy! He loves everyone, and loves playing with balls and squeaky toys. As he is working on not jumping and being mouthy, he needs a home with either adults only or a family with older children. And he needs an adopter who is experienced with this kind of dog and who is committed to training him to work on basic manners. He knows Sit, Down, No, and Come, and is very smart and eager to learn more!
Dimitri thinks he is a lap dog and loves to give kisses! He Car rides are one of his very favorite things! He does well walking on leash with his FreedomHarness, and adores being out and about, sniffing and investigating. He also adores other dogs, and just wags and wags.
Dimitri is up-to-date on vaccinations, microchipped, and neutered. 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. Dimitri began the gentle protocol in April 1, 2021, so he should test negative by April 2022.
Dimitri was found as a stray and taken to a local shelter.
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.