Maja – Seminole, Florida
Dog Park Dog, Family Dog, Intelligent, Working Dog
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|Size:||Medium ( 30 – 50 lbs )|
|Age:||Young – 11 months years|
|Breed:||Chocolate Lab/American Bulldog|
Healthy girl – will turn one year old on October 3, 2019.
|Vaccinations:||Yes, within the last year|
I am retired, travel when I can, am very active in many organizations, and do not want the responsibility of a pet. Maja loves to play, and with a little more discipline training, I believe she will be a wonderful new addition to a loving home.
A place where she will be trained to listen to directions and respond appropriately. She loves playing with other dogs – and loves being around people – just needs more experience calming down a few minutes after their arrival. Having to be crated for short amounts of time, along with another dog to play with would probably be a joyful place for her. I have also taught her to swim in the pool – that would be a bonus for her.
Would like to see that the home & family dynamics work out during a visit. Open to options for a meeting – your home, my home, or a walk in a park. Adoption would be handled by Paws Rescue Group. Application is a pre-requisite. Find application here: pawsrescuegroup.com There may not be a fee. (This site requires we put something there.)
|Fido Lifestyle:||Dog Park Dog, Family Dog, Intelligent, Working Dog|
Meet Maja – who was born in a shelter in Georgia on October 3, 2018, after some storms there. When space became available at the Largo SPCA, Maja, her mother, and 6 or 7 siblings were transferred to Largo on Jan 3, 2019. We adopted Maja on Jan 10, 2019. 3-month old Maja visited the full-grown Australian Shepherd across the street from time to time, romping with her in the front yard, sometimes “growling” like she was a big dog-(and kinda sounds like a hound dog!) So cute! By March, 5 months old, I thought it was time for her to socialize at the dog park – she loved it! – She is not at all afraid of the big dogs – and she easily keeps up with the greyhounds & German Shepherds as they race around the perimeter! We now go to the dog park at least 3-5 days a week. Inside, she’s not at all afraid of the vacuum – I even vacuum her sometimes when she’s around. And outside, the thunder doesn’t bother her either. When she was about 5 or 6 months old, I started teaching her “sit”, “down”, and then “rollover” – but my living room is pretty small – so if she doesn’t feel she has enough room to roll over, she won’t. She now also knows “paw” “stay” & “come”. I train her with sugar snap peas as a reward. She also loves broccoli – and an occasional carrot. I also bought quite a few chew toys that treats can hide in – or can be dispensed from – her favorite is the ball – I fill it with the dry food she didn’t finish eating – she rolls it along the floor, eating them as they spill. She likes the challenge of getting the treat out of the toys. Maja is really smart – one day I was trimming the big limbs off a tree in the back yard, and she decided to grab one and drag it over to the firepit area-(all on her own!). She continued to drag all the limbs to the pile from where they fell as I cut them. Soooooo cute! (I have a video of it – but this site won’t allow the video.) She’s cooperative on a leash for a walk around the block – I don’t allow her to walk out in front of me. At home, when someone comes to visit, she wags her tail and wiggles herself into a tizzy – and jumps on them as they come in. I’m currently trying to stop that behavior. If she does it to me, I have a loud short sound I make, then turn my back to her and ignore her. I try to get my friends to do the same. She’s still in “puppy-mode”, but no one likes a dog jumping on them…The sad part of the story: When I went away for a few months, my son, who had been loudly verbally abusive to me, sometimes trashing my house at the same time – (Maja was terrified during those times) – When I had him lawfully ejected from my house, he suddenly abandoned Maja, leaving me to train & retrain some basic rules. I am happy to say that she no longer pees in the house or in her crate since the first time I left her for 4-5 hours. I always urge her to “pee-pee” and “do poops” outside in the back yard before I leave the house for extended times. I have not left her more than 4-5 hours. She is crated when I leave. My first week back, she screamed as I was leaving. I don’t think she does anymore. After we go outside for her to do her “business”, I come in, have her follow me to her room, and tell her “go in your bed”. I latch the door, and tell her to “be a good girl” “I’ll be back”. She gets lots of long petting strokes when I let her out – She loves me massaging her legs, belly, and under her chin – she loves the massage and loving touches & kisses on her head.
|Personality:||Intelligent, Trainable, Independent, Excitable|
|Activity Level:||Medium energy. Always ready for play, but can also just hang. Recommend daily walks.|
|Training Level:||Basic Training (ex. “Come”, “Sit”, “Down”, “Stay”)|
How Maja is with…
|Housebroken:||Great – Does very well|
|Barking:||Okay – Not much of an issue|
|I Don’t Know|
|Other dogs:||Great – Does very well|
|Cats:||I Don’t Know|
|I Don’t Know|
|Strangers:||Okay – Not much of an issue|
|Car travel:||Great – Does very well|
ment (<4 hrs):
|Great – Does very well|