Additional Photos – updated 5/7/17
Cats: Not good with cats
Dogs: Good with large female dogs
Children: 12+ years old
Jaeger is an energetic 5 year old male merle with natural ears who turns heads and stops cars with his stunning good looks. He came into rescue because his family was moving. He will follow you everywhere, but once he learns that you can’t escape out a trap door in the bathroom, he’s willing to wait patiently outside the door. He loves to lean and have his velvety soft, glossy coat stroked. He likes belly rubs (and cheese, ice cubes, and pizza) and sleeping with his blanky. As exuberant as he can be, he takes treats with exceeding gentleness. Jaeger is bomb-proof with noises and even stood right next to his foster dad to watch him use a sawzall. Having grown up without consistent rules or training, Jaeger is very anxious around people he doesn’t know. He never had a strong leader to direct and guide him. His foster family has been working with him on these challenges by creating positive introductions with people so that he can come to understand that there is no need for anxiety. He is super alert and intelligent, and is responding wonderfully to firm, consistent rules in place and has already come a long way. His foster family has also been working on basic training: sit, down, stay, back, and learning how to walk nicely on a leash. He’s a very quick learner and delights in receiving praise when he “gets it right.” Jaeger is very devoted and loves being with his family, so he would be happiest being in a home with family that’s around a lot. His foster family has been working with him on his feelings of anxiousness when they leave; he responds very well to calming music in their absence. He came from a family that had another large female dog and they got along well together. Jaeger does have a strong prey drive and has never lived with small children, so he will not be placed with any small children or small animals. Jaeger needs a Dane experienced or large breed savvy home to continue working with him on his training and helping to build his trust and self confidence. He would do best in a quieter home, he would not do well in an active household with many people in and out. He would be fine as an only dog in the home, as long as he was not left for long periods. Jaeger came to MAGDRL in January 2017. (3)
Update 3/4/17 – Jaeger has been with his foster family for 2 months now and they have continued working with him on new commands and adding more social situations. He loves walking several miles every day with his foster mom. People always want to stop and talk when they see him. He’s getting very good at obeying the command, “Leave it” when he sees squirrels on his walks. He can be excited to meet another dog and would love to play. He’s been neutered and pexied and has become very playful since he feels more settled. He likes to play hard and would probably enjoy living with another large dog. He likes burrowing his head into people to get loved on and does ‘the lean’ with perfection.
Update 5/6/17 – Jaeger has calmed down nicely since his neuter, but has retained his energetic personality. He’s always ready to play! He loves being outdoors with his family and likes to run around with his jolly ball or lie contentedly in the yard, sphinx-style. Inside, Jaeger is willing to help with whatever you’re working on, especially if it’s in the kitchen! He drinks from his water bowl, but much prefers to drink fresh running water from the sink. Jaeger is a happy, affectionate boy.
Update 6/10/17 – Jaeger went to stay at another foster home for the weekend while his foster family was away. He stayed with two other dogs, a Dane and a lab mix and he did wonderfully with both of them. The two other dogs are female, both very nice. He was friendly with the visitors who he met while there, and was a perfect gentleman. It is amazing he is still in rescue. He is so handsome and wants to please, hoping his forever home is out there and will find him soon.