Grayling is a 2 to 4-year-old boxer lab mix. This handsome fellow is here because he was allowed to run loose and got into a scuffle with a small dog. Grayling seems to do just fine with dogs his size, but left in a situation running at large in a strange place among other dogs, he just made a bad choice. He walks pretty well on a leash but can get a bit excited, he likes to go, go, go. He’s well behaved during physical exam and loves attention. He’s food motivated and will sit for treats. We’ve seen no issues with him here at the shelter with dogs his size, and he did not seem interested in cats. We think that this energetic, playful boy will do best in a home looking for a larger dog with a family prepared to provide some exercise and playtime to keep him a happy boy. We feel he’s probably best suited for a home with children eight years of age and older. His new family will need to be responsible and make sure that he does not run loose and find himself in trouble again.
Dogs are generally tested with dogs of their own size; and dog meets with the resident dogs are always encouraged. Our cat test should be used as a general purpose screening only to rule out overt aggression; we always recommend caution when introducing dogs to cats in the home. Recommendation on suitability of placement with children by their ages is based on behavioral observations including energy level and response to body handling. We never recommend leaving young children unsupervised with dogs, and we cannot guarantee the behavior of dogs with children, other pets or cats. Behavior evaluations should be considered as a snapshot of the behavior of the dog at this point in time; JHS believes all dog families need to be prepared to invest time and energy into training as well as provide common sense management of their new dog. We always encourage family to do some research on the breeds or mixes of breeds prior to adoption as many can have some unique characteristics that may or may not fit into their families. Always remember that the majority of dogs at our shelter have been exposed to or may have kennel cough. Kennel cough is contagious to other dogs, please talk to your vet if you have any questions about kennel cough prior to adoption. Please ask your adoption counselor at time of adoption if you have any unanswered questions regarding illnesses and treatments of the path that you are adopting. For more information about this dog or any others at our Shelter, please visit www.joplinhumane.org. We are the Joplin Humane Society in Joplin, Missouri. 417–623–3642