Don’t let that huge goofy floof of a dog fool you too much. Yes, Jimmy can be an absolute sweetheart… When he wants to be. Going through his teenage years, he is in need of the right home to guide him into adulthood so we may sound strict, but trust us, it’s for his and his future family’s benefit! This handsome lad will need lots of patience and structure to succeed in life and so those are the qualities we are looking for in his forever home. He has lots of energy and to keep his people happy, Jimmy needs to run! Jimmy loves to play with other dogs and benefits from having a confidant playful dog. Having a playful dog and a fenced in yard will help burn that excess energy which is why they come strongly recommended. If he doesn’t burn that energy, he will get himself in “trouble” in the house.
Jimmy enjoys his walks and walks nicely with the help of a harness in calm rural areas or trails only. He does try to chase cars and gets stressed out so we are looking for a quiet country living for him. Walking with a confidant dog will help curb some of his stress. Being a nervous dog, when he is walked alone, he will focus on any triggers (cars, birds, bikes, wildlife…) which makes walking him very hard. He is good with other dogs but on leash, if a dog barks at him, he will return the favor. Jimmy cannot live with cats.
When Jimmy first came into rescue, he did not like his collar being grabbed, his paws touched or to be brushed… all of the basic and necessary handling. We are working hard on positive handling to get him more comfortable but it’s still a work-in-progress. His new family will need to continue working with him to help build his comfort level which is why we need a home without kids. When he is unhappy with handling, he will warn by mouthing you with a bit of pressure. He will let go when you let go, but of course, this is a behavior that will need more positive associations using treats and celebrations. Putting the need to grab his collar on a cue like “GOTCHA” helps Jimmy sort out the stress of being mishandled.
When Jimmy is well exercised, he is a sweetheart. As long as he has access to chew toys, he will even keep himself busy. He will politely wait to be invited up on the sofa or bed with you and he LOVES to be petted – he seemingly melts in your arms! He is crate trained and house trained. Jimmy knows the basic commands, he enjoys doing tricks and playing with puzzles in the house.
If after reading his profile, you feel like you could be the right home for Jimmy, please apply today: https//www.sitwithme.ca/dogs/jimmy
- Breed: Retriever Mix
- Sex: Male
- Age: 1 yr. 9 mos. old
- Size: Medium
- Colour: Golden
- Spayed/Neutered: Yes
- Stage: Available
- Dogs: Yes Please and a similar sized friendly and playful dog is needed unless you are very active and willing to work with behaviours!
- Cats: No, thank you!
- Kids: No, though teens who are dog savvy would be fine.
- Housing: Detached country living ideal… Keep reading
- Fenced-in Yard: Required