Are you looking for your next adventure partner? Then look no further than jolly little Jerry!
Jerry is a 50 pounds German Shepherd of about 2-3 years of age. 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 bought as an adorable little puppy for a child or family, then, just like a toy, he was discarded into the back yard and never given further attention. Once he became a big dog, they dumped him at an overcrowded shelter. 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. If you reached for him he would get scared and back into a corner 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 walks well on leash and does not try to pull or zig zag around. He is afraid of cars, so his foster mom runs with him across every crosswalk, thus not giving him time to get scared and freak out. Jerry is not a dog that should ever be living in a backyard. 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 and very submissive to most dogs. He currently lives with dogs that are male and female and vary in size from 6 lbs to 40 lbs. He is very shy and timid when he meets new dogs and new people, so he needs slow introductions. 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. Jerry will come over to the couch and place his front paw(s) and head in his foster mom’s lap, wishing he could jump up for cuddles.
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. As long as he is getting the proper mental and physical stimulation, he is not destructive at all. Most dogs, like Jerry, only become destructive because they’re bored and restless. Daily walks, toys and short (can just be 5-10 mins) of training (asking him to sit, come, lay down or learn a new trick, etc.) will keep him very calm and happy. Jerry has long hair that can become matted. Thankfully, he loves to be brushed! He rides well in cars and is an excellent hiking partner, which makes him the perfect companion for an active family! Jerry is such a great dog; just shy at first.
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! With continued socialization, he may stop being shy! Who knows what the future holds for this amazing, young dog?! Meet Jerry yourself and see why we’re all so crazy about him!