Hi, I'm Maximus. I’m adopted!
Labrador Retriever | Adult | Male | Large
You know what they say about labs – they love everyone, and Maximus (who we call Max) is no exception! He’s happy to greet strangers as well as friends, and barks and wriggles with joy when someone comes in the house. It doesn’t take long for him to get that out of his system, and then he enjoys sitting by your side, just being petted. After only a couple of days in his foster home, he’s made himself comfortable with his new pack of humans and canines.
They also say that labs are big puppies, and, well, Max is that, too. He likes to carry around toys and chew on them. He’s a strong chewer, and when he gets hold of a bone, you hear some pretty scary noises… but don’t worry – his teeth are really strong! He sometimes takes a chew toy outside and leaves it, but will run back to get it when you remind him, ‘Get your toy!’ And he does like chasing those toys, but isn’t always willing to drop them so you can throw them again.
Max had a good time at the dog park, although he seemed to like playing tug with the people there, more than running with the other dogs. Max enjoys going on walks, but gets barky and overly excited when he encounters other dogs on leash. He is strong and sometimes pulls to check out something off the path. Using a Gentle Leader seems to help him focus. He enjoys car rides, too, and sticking his head out the window.
He does not seem to have gotten much training beyond ‘sit’ in his prior home, so we are working on some basic skills – down, stay. He catches on fast!
Although Max was purchased by his original owner from a breeder, he has a white blaze on his chest and brindle markings on his legs and face that are not typical lab, so he could be mixed with something. Whatever the combination is, Max is a sweet dog who would be a great addition to any family!
- Age and weight: I'm 5 years old, and weigh about 70 pounds
- Good with kids: I’m good with kids, but I could knock little ones over by accident.
- Good with dogs: I'm OK with some dogs, but I'd like to be an only dog
- Good with cats: I’m not good with cats.
- Fenced yard: I really need a fenced yard to run off my energy
- Suitable for townhouse and/or apartment: I need a single family home with lots of room.
- House trained: I am already house trained.
- Crate trained: I'm OK in a crate for short periods of time, but I prefer to be out
- Barks when left alone: I'll whine when you leave, but then I'll settle down.
- Chews inappropriate items: I do not usually chew inappropriate items.
- Training: I am working on the basic commands: sit, stay, come, down.
- Activity level: I am very active and need lots of interactive play!
NOTE: We are an all volunteer group and do not operate a shelter. All of our animals are in foster homes. We are unable to place our animals outside of the Baltimore/DC area.
Max is planning to attend the next adoption show, July 9th at the Calverton PetSmart, but only from 12-1:30, although there is always a chance that plans may need to change at the last minute.