Age: 12 Years Sex: Male Weight: 26-50 lbs
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Leave a bone for Jack
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December 8th 2002
December 5th 2001
Telling his people what he wants
Strangers on his front porch or front yard
Busy Budies and Fat Head Leopard with squeaky
Around the back yard or in the woods
Catching food in midair and balancing food on nose and catching in mouth
Jack was a pound puppy. Quite literally. He was born at the pound and adopted. His first owners had an apartment and kept him on a leash outside during the day. Jack kept escaping and going back to the pound (his first home). After the third time, his owners decided they could not take him back. He kept ripping up things in their apartment and running away.
When we found him he was one year old. The Humane Society had him selected for Elimination - they were going to give up on him and put him down.
He was soooo sweet. When I saw him in his open kennel, he stood up and wrapped his paws around my wrist as if he was praying and begging for me to take him home.
It was love at first sight. I have a sister-in-law who was an Animal Science Major and dog breeder. She taught us about kennel training. I did not like the sound of a kennel, but she gave us one for when he got home.
The first thing he did when he got into our house was run around in circles. He made a bee-line for our bedroom, jumped up on our bed and rolled around in the covers. It was so funny. But that was not his bed.
It turned out that his first people did not take the time to teach him anything. He did not really even know what it was like to be petted. We moved very slowly and got to know each other.
We never kept him in the kennel all the time. Only at night and when we went out. We occasionally, left him outside on the leash. Leaving him alone on a leash tended to make him aggressive. He became frightened and leaving him alone on a leash was making him feel vulnerable and helpless. We stopped that.
After a couple of weeks we signed up for obedience training at a local dog store. It changed all of our lives. Jack made us nervous at first and was very dominant in his behavior. Luckily, the class trainer was insistent and patient. At the end of the class, Jack received an award for the "Most Improved".
After that class, we continued to work with him a little bit every day. Even from 1 to 3 years old, dogs are still in a puppy phase. They like to chew all the time and eat and do strange things. We just kept talking with him and teaching him, just like you would a little child. Human toddlers and dogs really aren't that different.
His true personality really shines. He loves telling us what he wants. He will nose our leg and turn around and wag his tail, waiting for us to follow him. He is a super smart dog and is always surprising us with what he understands.
He also has learned how to make different facial expressions to get what he wants. He is a sweety and we love him
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