Jay – JJ (Jaden) GH-1094


Meet Jay, aka JJ or Jay Bird!

This gorgeous golden boy has been with Goldheart and our (his foster) family for over six months. No one can believe his age, especially since his foster sister is a full white muzzle gal and they are about the same age. Jay actually acts like a 6 year old, yet will turn 11 in November 2019. He is so handsome, and his coat has grown back in beautifully (He came in as Jaden, was underweight and full of mats, and had lived a very restricted life in an outbuilding as a stud dog). He is now fully transitioned to a climate controlled life, and is calm and respectful in the house, but bring out a ball, and watch his happy dance and dash to the door to get outside — where he races across the yard, twirls with excitement, and usually jumps in the air to catch his ball mid air (see video below).

Gender: M, neutered after arriving at GoldHeart.

Age: An extremely young and agile 10 year old, November 2008 is his DOB.

Weight: 70 lbs

Health: Spectacular! Jay is both Heartworm and Lyme negative and is UTD on vaccines and monthly preventatives. He was successfully treated for whipworms after arrival, had neuter surgery, pulled out one front paw nail during his play jaunts (all healed), and most recently, had a benign growth removed (just a little skin overgrowth above one of his canines) while his teeth were restored to a beautiful pearly white. Jay is on no prescribed medications, (he is on a high protein diet with supplements to support his coat, joints and high activity level); and is a very agile and able boy.

Personality: Jay is a sweet guy, who quickly rolls over for belly rubs. Now that he has complete trust in us, we have learned that he is telling us all is good with whatever you need to do to him (put his harness on, brush him, wipe his paws, clip his nails, towel him off after a bath or jaunt in the rain). He also likes to sometimes snuggle with his humans on the couch (often half on and half off – lol). When he paws you, saying, “don’t stop” it melts your heart. Jay is a perfect mix between a attention seeking golden, and I’m ready to relax (he often puts himself to bed). He is not a velcro golden except during thunderstorms (when he can’t get close enough to you and wants to be in your lap). Jay has zero separation anxiety and may or may not get up to see you when you arrive home after running an errand. But show up with one of his rubber balls, and he is ready to rock and roll!

Favorite Toys/Games: JJ lives to pay fetch with his ChuckIt! balls. He would be happy if you threw his ball several times an hour all day long – lol!  His foster sisters do not play with balls thank goodness, so Jay never feels threatened by them taking his favorite toys. Jay will not give up the ball often (he may drop), but you can easily remove it from his mouth at any time.

Interaction with other dogs:  It is recommended that Jay be the only dog in his forever home.  This recommendation is based on his past life and behaviors that were unfortunately rewarded (as a stud dog), and guidance from a behavorist trainer after Jay came to GoldHeart.  Thankfully he now seems to enjoy his foster sisters – but it was a carefully guided and long transition, and we still keep a watchful eye. We now on occasion babysit a small poodle – king charles mix,  and they get along just fine, but we do monitor and crate the little gal when not home. As long as the other dogs visiting here are not interested in playing with his beloved ChuckIt! balls and they stay out of his way,  life is good. 

Jay does not know how to play or seem to care to play with other dogs (his golden sister did try several times), another indication that being an only dog = a happy dog. Yes, we still monitor his interactions with his foster sisters (Age 11 a golden and 13 – she is a lab/chow and more mix), as on rare occasion now (night time) he may still get cranky. A verbal correction is all that is required – and worst case, we do time outs (“crate up” and he goes direct to his room). They also have open access in the home and to each other now. For meet/greets on walks he has done fine with a few submissive females (lots of barking towards some dogs – but his sister usually gets him going and he follows her lead).  He is fine to the small male dog through the fence, and for the most part is otherwise indifferent to walking by other dogs (may even be a little fearful) and we use the “leave-it” command and keep walking. When Jay is walked alone, dog introductions are always easier (controlling two to three large dogs on lead can of course be more challenging).

Interaction with cats: Unknown. As far as we know there were no cats at the breeding location where he came from.

Interaction with children: Jay really likes children and has met many on our walks and in our home, and we always caution them not to over-pet or hug him due to his background and initial body touch sensitivity, which for the most part has resolved since being with us. So Jay should have a home without young, excitable kids who no doubt will want to hug him often or that he could knock over. 

Behavior in Car: Rides well in the car – very calm, never has gotten car sick. We always have a ball ready to entice Jay to jump in the car. We have seen him jump up easily on a bed during a thunderstorm, but the jump-up activity is something that he does not seem to know, so he may need a little assist.  The lower the access to a car for him is probably better.

People Interactions – home requirements: Jay is used to a home with a flexible schedule, and is fine with friends, family, and other visitors. He is used to people being home more often than not, and he and his fur siblings rarely are alone for more than 4 hours w/o a potty – exercise break. Jay never gets into things he shouldn’t – such a good boy. He has many places he likes to hang out, and enjoys looking out the bay window towards the street and alerts us to people, other dogs and the like (yes he barks, but not excessively). Jay has several beds, and his room is also our master bathroom and even though he does not need to sleep there, that is his safe place and where he is most comfortable. Jay most likely would be happy to sleep in the bedroom with his forever owners (and yes, he may jump up on the bed, but here he does not), and he would also be fine to have his own room. He enjoys a cool tile floor or a comfy yoga mat too. Jay’s current home is on one level with only a few stairs, but just recently he visited an older home with a  18-step staircase (and no carpet) and went up like a champ and down so cautiously – go Jay! So, there is no reason that he should not do ok in a house with more elevations/stairs.

Housetrained? Jay is completely reliable in his foster home. He generally will not ask to go out (he will however go to the door that goes to his yard though), and this in part is due to the frequent potty and play breaks he gets. First potty call is around 6 AM and last potty call is around 11:30 PM, with many outside breaks in-between, he has made it 6 hours no problem during day, and 7-8 hours overnight).

Training, Food and Treats: Jay is medium-high food motivated. He will take food and treats gently (soft mouth) and will wait his turn when his sisters are nearby for a treat. He eats slowly, (and separately from his fur-sisters, who are vacuum cleaners) and often wants you with him watching. He does not resource guard his food bowl (you can put your hand in, pull up while eating) or counter-surf (of note — all trash cans are not dog accessible in our home). Jay knows sit, down/rollover, wait, come/here – most of the time, No, crate up (to his room). He is smart and responsive to his humans.

Exercise Requirements: On a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being very energetic and with the highest exercise requirements, Jay is a 3+, a perfect match for many homes. Jay’s current exercise routine includes yard running and ball play at least 4-6 (or more) times a day; and he goes on a 3/4 to 1 mile leash walk usually once a day (shorter when hotter– he loves the A/C now – can you blame him?).  Jay pulls with a leash on his collar, so we use a freedom harness (double clip in front and on back) making walking with Jay a breeze. 

Fence requirements: Jay will do best in a home with a physical fenced yard — it doesn’t have to be huge, just large enough for some ball play. His current backyard includes a 4 ft chain link fence and is approximately 60 x 110 feet, and he even respects shorter garden fencing in the yard. Adjustments for small yards are easy — you just throw the balls up high in the air :-)).  Because of his background being used for breeding, dog parks have not been tested and were not recommended for Jay. Other secure fenced areas or a large basement for ball play could also work to keep Jay in good shape and super happy. 

If it sounds like Jay could be the golden boy for you, you are an Approved GoldHeart adopter, and you want to hear more about this special boy, please contact me (his foster mom) at secretary@goldheart.org. Jay is being fostered in Chester, MD.

Adoption fee: $150

If you are not yet approved by Goldheart, and are in our SERVICE AREA, please complete an adoption application at https://goldheart.org/adopting-a-golden/adoption-application/. There is a $30 non-refundable application fee that must be received before the approval process starts. The approval process can take 6 weeks or more since we rely on an all-volunteer support network to process your application, conduct the home visit, and check references. If approved, you can then inquire about JJ, or any other available dog that is looking for a forever home. Thank you for your patience and understanding.


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