I’m not going to lie. I’ve never been much of a dog person. Yes, they’re cute and adorable and fun— but as an introverted writer, I’ve always been more of a cat kind of gal. After seeing the following well-trained pup, however, you dog-lovers may have finally persuaded me…
Steve Moore, a kindhearted man from Altoona, Pennsylvania, adopted an adorable, 3-year-old shelter dog named Jackson in 2011. Within a mere three weeks of owning him, Steve and the furry Golden Retriever formed a remarkable bond— even making the local news by showing the world that it’s never too late for an old dog to learn new tricks.
Jackson was adopted less than a month before this video was filmed. In it, Steve describes working alongside the dog in their backyard, teaching Jackson how to overcome his impulses and sit still until he is called. Jackson improved by leaps and bounds, and by the time this segment was filmed, he was able to be left outside high-traffic areas, like the local Target, without any supervision whatsoever.
To notify shoppers that he is no abandoned and has a loving owner inside the store, Jackson wears a sign around his neck that reads, “DAD TOLD ME TO WAIT HERE. ME WAITING.”
The Retriever attracts his fair share of attention while he’s waiting for his owner: “You are precious,” one lady tells him as she admires him. “That is incredible,” another shopper notes. Steve, for his part, is just shocked that the majority of people want to take Jackson home.
“I just find that amazing because 4 weeks ago, nobody wanted him.”
“You can train any dog,” Steve explains. “It’s all just about the attitude you have and what you’re willing to bring to the table to interest the dog.”
The key to training Jackson, he explains, is food— blueberry treats, molasses treats; heck, anything you’ve got!
Jackson seems to be the prime example of a great Gold Retriever. Overall, they are remarkably smart, generally being listed as one of the top 5 breeds in regards to intelligence. Dog Time also describes them as one of the most popular breeds in the United States, noting that a golden retriever’s “friendly, tolerant attitude makes him a fabulous family pet, and his intelligence makes him a highly capable working dog.”
Steve would probably agree with Dog Time’s assessment, telling WTAJ, “I just get a real feeling of satisfaction in working with the dog and bringing out his potential. I’ve seen what he can do.”
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