Are you looking for your next adventure partner? Then look no further than jolly little Jerry!
Jerry is a 50-pound German Shepherd of about 2-3 years of age. Most people think he is a puppy! He may be a petite Shepherd, but that does not slow him down! Jerry LOVES exploring the great outdoors. He is a very smart, active, loyal, and affectionate boy. Sadly, Jerry had a rough start in life: he was likely neglected and abused by his previous owners as well as forced to stay locked up in a backyard all alone. Eventually his previous owners got tired of having him around and dumped him at a shelter where Jerry became very scared, not wanting to trust anyone. That is where Angels Bark stepped in to save his life!
He was very scared and had no idea how to be a dog or that humans can be nice and loving. He clearly had never been touched or let indoors. If you reached for him he would get scared and back into a corner, baring teeth/growling to protect himself. He had no idea what a collar or leash was. Jerry’s foster family shortly realized that he had no manners and needed some serious work. Now, Jerry is doing so much better!! He was given some time to forgive and forget what other humans did to him. He has gotten used to wearing a collar and even likes rocking a bandanna! He is very close with his foster mom and trusts her enough to let her put a harness and leash on him. He is still considered head shy (afraid of things coming towards his head) and doesn’t like strangers immediately reaching for his head or objects (muzzle, cotton swabs, a brush, etc) coming toward his head. Usually, he is fine with the rest of his body being reached for and touched. Jerry LOVES going on walks and gets so excited for them. He walks extremely well on leash when there are no other people or dogs around. He gets excited to see people and VERY excited to see other dogs. He can be leash reactive around other dogs (he gets so excited then frustrated and goes from happy tail wags to a growl and pulls hard) and needs to continue training on how to behave when he sees other dogs while on leash. Jerry is not a dog that can get exercise strictly from going into a backyard. He is very active and behaves like a little angel when he gets long daily walks. He thrives with a daily routine where he can get mental and physical stimulation. He loves getting frozen kongs stuffed with hot dogs and peanut butter. He also loves bones and a variety of chew toys. When his foster parents aren’t home, they leave Jerry babygated in the kitchen with some blankets, a frozen kong, and giant chew toys. He does great all by himself and keeps himself occupied until his foster parents return home. He is house-trained and only goes potty outside. Jerry is dog-friendly but needs slow introductions.
He currently lives with dogs that are male and female and vary in size from 6 lbs to 40 lbs. He loves to play with them! He has not been to dog parks or very crowded places, as he may not thrive in high-stress situations. He is very sweet once he warms up to you and trusts you. He loves to follow his foster mom around the house and nudge her for pets. He knows he is big but he would love to be a lap dog. He truly is an affectionate, cuddly love bug once he warms up to you. He gets SUPER excited when guests come over to the house. He has knocked over baby gates so he can eagerly run up to guests and happily sniff them. He just needs people to not immediately reach for him or grab him. Guests and family members need to let Jerry come to them, then he will nudge their hands for pets.
Jerry loves to make his humans happy – if he is doing something you don’t want him to do, just firmly say “No” and he stops. He also knows “sit”, “down”, “off”, “leave it” and “up”. He is still working on better leash skills and more commands, like “stay”. As long as he is getting the proper mental and physical stimulation, he is not destructive at all. Daily walks, toys, and structure will keep him very calm and happy.
He needs a forever home that can give him the time and attention he needs in order to thrive. It is encouraged that his forever family enroll Jerry in training. With some professional training he will flourish even more! Who knows what the future holds for this amazing young dog?! Meet Jerry yourself and see why we’re all so crazy about him!