I am available for foster or adoption


Hi my name is Joe. I am a mix of Labrador, shepherd and boxer. I am about 2 years old. I play with 20 other dogs here at the ranch. I do not get into fights and I listen to my trainers. I play hard with the other dogs here. We go swimming, hiking, rock climbing and bike riding. I am a jock boy for sure. I push the next dog in order to test and play. I always turn away from fighting. I do not like fighting. It hurts and my trainers do not like it.

I do like to be pet and lay with my leader on the couch or on the hammock outside. I can be over-protective of my human family if allowed, so please be sure to keep that in mind if you bring me home. I like to be told what to do and listen well. I need a human who will respect and lead me.

I love attention from humans and being with them. With that said, I am so eager to start pleasing another family – can you be them? Do you know someone that could be my new family? Even fostering me for a while will help me get back into the “groove” of family living.

What do you say – will you give me some love for a while… or forever?

Behavioral Coach Notes:

Upon arrival Joe was lacking human and canine socialization skills. He had no dog-to-dog or dog-human manners. We allowed Joe to learn canine manners as his first step towards restoration. His “education” was bolstered by more than 60 or so dogs coming in and out of the ranch.  He quickly and sometimes painfully, learned there are dog communication protocols he needs to adhere to.

We can say today he is very well behaved with the other dogs here on the ranch.  Our work has shown he is a friendly dog with lots of energy. He likes to please people and plays well with other dogs. We liken him to a college freshman football or rugby player.  Plenty of ego and energy.  Joe will get along with a confident and socialized dog.  He has learned canine-manners and knows when he has gone too far.  He takes dog on dog correction well.  He will not be a good fit for a home with little exercise and interaction.

Joe is gentle with kids and older humans alike. He still challenges on leash by pulling – but knows what is right and needs a consistent leader to reinforce his leash manners.  He likes to be petted, will snuggle up and sit by himself.  He likes to hike, swim and climb rocks alone and within a pack.  He is a good boy and needs some consistency in home life and leadership. Currently we are seeking an adoption, foster or foster to adopt  home for him

Come see Joe and the other homeless dogs & maybe find a new friend.
We have dozens of dogs looking for new homes as a foster or new family member.
We are located in Clarkdale, AZ off of Sycamore Canyon Road.

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Pets Return Home helps dog-rescue and animal shelter organizations prevent the needless killing of homeless dogs by providing behavior refinement, command training and socializing in a safe and stress-free refuge. These dogs are victims of human neglect, abuse, ignorance and animal shelter overpopulation and require help to restore their confidence and ability to be loving family companions. We provide on-going support to sustain a long-term healthy family relationship. Our team has 25 years’ experience searching, training, refining behavior and healing dogs and holds certifications in search, training and medical protocols.