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At A Glance
If you are waiting for a doodle, have I got the boy for you!! Meet Paxton 14-048. Paxton is 17 months old (DOB 10/5/2012). We live in St. Anthony, MN. Paxton came into foster care on Sunday 2/23/14. He loves his kennel and will go in while we are gone and at night to sleep. He was just neutered yesterday (3/5/14) and has been confined to his kennel quite a bit to ensure that he heals properly. (I moved it to our main living space so that he still feels like he's in on the action.). He hasn't minded spending the extra time in there but is starting to want to play, play, play again. (These dogs just don't understand that they just had major surgery and need to rest!) He will need to remain as calm as possible for the next several days (easier said than done with a young dog!).
Paxton knows basic commands and has attended puppy school. He could definitely use more training....especially leash training! With the extreme cold, and now healing from his neuter surgery, we haven't been able to spend a lot of time on leash training.
Paxton gets along really well with my resident dachshund. We went to the pet store and Pax wasn't so sure about all of the people and dogs. Lots of barking and pulling to meet everyone. He will also bark at cars while we are driving. I think with more socialization he will get over his need to bark at everything.
Paxton is in great health although he needs to gain some weight. Based on his height, the vet feels Paxton should weigh about 50lbs. He currently weighs 37 lbs. You can feel all of his ribs and pelvis when you pet him. His curly fur is deceiving! He's really underweight. But, putting weight ON is much easier than taking weight OFF! We've been doing lots of treats (good for a busy, young dog) and larger scoops of food.
Paxton would love another active dog to play with but it's not necessary. He likes my kids and has lived with kids from age 4 to 13. Paxton didn’t have a fence at his original home and did fine. (We have a fence.) I’m not sure how he would do around cats.
Let your placement advisor know if you'd like to meet this fabulous boy!