Young Black Lab Named Shaw Needs a Committed Human Who Has His Best Interests in Mind

Shaw, a 1-year-old black Lab, weighing 96 pounds, has had a tough start in life. Initially purchased from a breeder, he was given to a second owner who had him for only three months. Shaw was free-fed in his previous home, causing him to be about 20 pounds overweight. He now needs an adopter committed to helping him lose weight and become a healthy, active dog.

Shaw is a neutered male who lived with eight other dogs in his previous home and is currently in foster care with another young male Lab. He shows some higher-ranking traits, which may not work well with another dominant dog but would likely be great with a submissive dog. Shaw is crate trained, housebroken, and has not been destructive. Although he didn’t know any commands or leash-walking skills initially, his foster home has been working with him, and he’s making progress daily.

While Shaw doesn’t play fetch, he enjoys tug-of-war with a rope toy. He hasn’t tried swimming yet but may enjoy it once he gets accustomed. Initially afraid of car rides, he now jumps in on his own, although he’s still nervous during the ride. Shaw can be mouthy when excited, so he may not be suitable for families with small children, but with training and patience, he could improve in this area.

Desert Labrador Retriever Rescue has helped Shaw overcome anxiety and fears, and he has made significant progress in a short period. If you’re interested in adopting Shaw and helping him reach his full potential, you can find an adoption application here.

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