Paws Pet of the Week: Meet Chop

“Chop came to us as a stray in October that was not reclaimed.He is a little over a year old and at that gawky stage: all legs and arms. He weighed 66 pounds when he got neutered in December and he is still filling in and will gain a little more weight.

Chop is a German Shepherd mix.

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He had a really bad habit of jumping on people and no leash manners so we enrolled him in the Honor Dog Program at the Wyoming Honor Farm where he went through 9 weeks of basic obedience training. He was not the highest scorer but he did graduate with a passing score. He still has trouble with leash manners – he knows them, he doesn’t always want to do them. He knows basic commands such as sit, stay, down, come. He absolutely loves people of all ages. We do recommend that he be placed with children 5 and over; not that he would hurt them on purpose, but he is a big boy with lots of energy and could easily knock them over.

He is good with other dogs but we recommend a meet and greet because his size is intimidating to other dogs, even other dogs that are supposed to be good with other dogs. He is scared of kitties and wanted nothing to do with them when we cat tested him. He will also make an excellent guard dog. I had him with me in the front lobby and when someone pulled up, he was alert, and he barked when they got out of their vehicle and closed the door.”

Paws for Life Animal League in Riverton is by appointment only.If you would like to meet Chop, please call 857-6002 to schedule an appointment Tuesday through Saturday or message their Facebook page to set an appointment up for a meet and greet.

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