If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, there is a good chance you have seen a photo or two of Jaxon.
So I thought it would be fitting to write a post about him.
I first met Jaxon in 2013 when Chris and I first became friends.
I was not a dog person. I was fearful, borderline terrified and CLEARLY only a cat person. I am certain that dogs gravitate to a non dog person, picking up the scent of fear and treating it as a challenge to win you over with their spunky personalities. He did jump the first time I met him and as you can imagine, I had arms in the air and froze, convinced I would be mauled to death ( yes, really). Did I mention he was a puppy? …clearly a killer.
Over Easter 2014, as Chris and I began getting more into dating, he asked me to stay with Jaxon at the house for the weekend while he went to see his family. I agreed, and immediately called over my friend Christina who also happens to have a dog named Jackson. Christina was able to show me some tricks and we frequently went on walks with the dogs together.
With exception of those who have had a bad experience (like an attack) , I think a lot of the fear some of us have with dogs is not knowing what they are capable of. I really did think Jaxon would bite me if he disciplined him the wrong way. Because Chris works such long hours, it makes it hard from him to be able to walk Jaxon. I started walking Jax every day after work. It was hell. He pulled, barked at other dogs and would pull me across the road if he saw another dog coming. I apprehensively started putting the shock collar on Jax after Chris told me it had worked in the past. I hated the idea, yet I noticed the difference. Wearing the collar with no action seemed to cool him down. The remote has the option to just make the collar beep which 9/10 times was enough to get him to calm down. I know disciplinary tactics like the shock collar are controversial, I am just being honest with what has worked for us. I do hope that in the near future, we are able to go without it.
Our walks are now much easier and enjoyable now . Jaxon loves kids and will greet them when they yell ” PUPPY!!!” from 3 blocks away. We recently decided to put Jax into Doggy Day Care once a week to let him play with other dogs and get out some energy. The application form asked which person your dogs likes more. After a 15 minute (playful) debate, we went with ‘ equal’ ( but it’s really me ).
It took until 3 days for him to get his full energy level back!
When others now meet Jaxon and are afraid of him, it baffles me a little. I know that he would never hurt anyone. He always wants to play, likes to cuddle and always intently watches me when I cook anything in the kitchen. Christina recently said to me ‘remember when you use to be terrified of dogs?!?’. It blows my mind a little bit considering how bonded we are now.
He even help me write this post: