Male 5 years
Max is a 5 year old, fit, 70 pound, handsome boy whom we love and want to find a better home for! He is a constant companion, waking us each morning with kisses, eager to play. True to his breed, I, the mom, am his primary person, but he has a great relationship with my daughter as well. He is alert and attentive and very independent. He will cuddle a bit on the couch, but mostly likes to rest independently. He enjoys learning new games and wishes he had a large yard to chase the wind and squirrels or even cats! He gives a good warning bark when strangers arrive at the door, but is friendly as soon as he is introduced. He sings when he is excited to see other dogs or get out of the car to play ball. We never have enough time or space at our home to fulfill this high energy dog’s needs.
He is overly eager socially and can be overwhelming. He easily misinterprets queues from older dogs who are telling him “back off” as “let’s fight”. Recently we visited with my son and his 5 month old Pyranese puppy and they got along fabulously and my son oversaw them throughout the social time. He would do great on a rural, fenced property with no small dogs or slow moving cats. With proper training, I believe he could socialize well/acclimate living with another large dog at home because our trainer successfully walked him side by side with his shepherd with no issues.
My 24 year old son is very good with dogs and coached me to take more of a lead with Max, but I honestly don’t have the right temperament or body type to handle his reactivity to cats, squirrels and certain dogs, on leash, so have not made the progress I hoped for in training him. He must have been raised as a house/yard dog primarily and his high prey drive and powerful athletic body just overwhelms me too easily.
Max is a friendly dog. I can take food from him while he is eating without even a flinch. He likes grooming and is fine with baths if harnessed in. He does not love water, but got used to the river after a few visits. I cannot say he would be great with young children and the shelter could not give any information about his background in that regard but they adopted him out as a good family dog. He spent an hour enjoying our friend’s four year old but we kept him muzzled because we don’t know his history and he has demonstrated reactivity to small dogs.
We have had him since October 2019 and he came to us house broken and crate trained. He eats joyfully twice a day, high quality animal protein, grain free, lo carb and hi veggie meals; kibble or fresh. He is up to date on vaccines and takes monthly tick, flea and heart worm guards. He was chipped and neutered at the shelter in Monterey where a family brought him for adoption and he spent 5 weeks at the shelter so it took him some time to adjust and get his self confidence with us. He has done well at home with training and is one of the family.
He is a powerful, athletic dog and several dog enthusiasts think he may be part Belgian Malinoix. His back is very strong and one of his nick names is “Froggie” because he can jump straight up in the air from standing to catch the ball. He has learned to dig under light weight gates and lift them off the hinges!!! So, a SECURE fenced situation is a must. We typically take him with us when we leave home in the car and he does well in his crate in the hatch. He likes to bark at dogs from the car, so I worked on that behavior for months and he is much better. We occasionally leave him home alone up to 4 or 5 hours and he has never destroyed anything in the house.
We will miss our magical friend, but know this is the right thing for him.
Please contact Jamila at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an interview.