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Beagle Mix Dog for adoption in Grafton, Massachusetts - Jester

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Jester's Story...
Jester is a 2 year old former research beagle who, after retirement, has spent the past few months in the teaching program at Becker College helping students in the Animal Science programs learn the fine art of animal care. He is an active, engaging and playful pup who loves people and making new human friends! He has a great combination of youthful energy and sugary sweet, snuggle-buddy style and will greet all people with a tail wag, a wiggle and often a hug!

Jester really enjoys playing with the other beagles at school and has a great time zooming around our fenced-in field with them. Although he's a fun companion for his friends, his puppy exuberance for playtime is sometimes a little too much for their taste. If Jester were to go home with another dog, it would be nice for his new friend to appreciate and share his enthusiasm for play! Jester also has an affinity for toys and loves to chew, chase and tumble with his favorite fleecy toys and food-filled treats!

At school, Jester participates in clicker-training (a method of positive reinforcement, relationship-based training) to help him learn about the world and practice skills that will help him adjust to life in his new home. During his sessions, he is interactive, attentive and always looking to please! Jester and his student trainer are currently practicing his leash-walking (something he has never done before coming to school) and also working on building his confidence on-leash. He is a very smart boy and is doing very well in his training, but will need some extra guidance and support to face new challenges in his home life. Although he can be a little unsure in new places (especially if there is a lot of vehicle traffic or loud noises), Jester looks to his handler if he gets nervous and responds well to reassurance and encouragement! Jester is truly an adorable, sweet and comedic guy and will be a wonderful, playful and devoted companion for many years to come!

In general, retired research beagles are really the most loveable animals - very gentle, good-natured and happy little dogs! Because they are handled quite a bit in their past lives and as teaching animals at Becker, they are all very people-oriented and friendly. They tend to adjust quite well when they are adopted, but have never lived in a home before and need time to get used to living in such a new environment. However, given some guidance and TLC to feel secure, they warm up and make loyal, grateful and playful pets!

We want potential applicants to understand that Jester is currently working on housebreaking. He had never been outside prior to coming to Becker, and he is just getting used to the fact that he can eliminate outdoors. Jester is bound to pick up new routines quickly, but his progress will depend on a consistent schedule, clear guidelines and encouragement as he learns "house rules," so we do require that his new owners commit to crate-training. We would be happy to discuss the process of crate-training in more depth if you do decide that you might like to adopt.

It is also worth noting that Jester is not suited to be off-leash, on tie-outs or contained with electric fences - he is very naïve about the world and could be easily startled or frightened away from home. We do not require adopters to have fenced-in yards, but we do want applicants to be committed to using a leash, directly supervising all outdoor time and keeping Jester safe and secure!
We are taking applications for Jester now and he will be ready to go home in December. Our adoption fee is $125 and our dogs leave up-to-date on vaccinations, neutered, microchipped and on monthly heartworm, and flea and tick preventive. For more information about adopting Jester, please contact Lisa at Becker College at

Facts about Jester

  • Breed: Beagle Mix
  • Color: Tricolor (Tan/Brown & Black & White)
  • Age: Young
  • Size: Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
  • Sex: Male

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Why Adoption is a Great Option

Jester, a Grafton Beagle dog was adopted! Here's how you can benefit by looking at adoption as an option to buying a Beagle for sale in Grafton, or seeking a Beagle dog from a breeder in Grafton.

  1. Rescues and shelter volunteers in Grafton already know the personality and tendencies of their pets. This means they can match you with the right pet. That will makes it much easier transition to owning a pet for yourself and your new pet.
  2. On average adoption fees are much less than you'd pay a Grafton breeder, or pet store. Plus most often rescue pets have already been to the veterinarian for a check-up, had a round of vaccinations, and are spayed or neutered. That is a lot of savings!
  3. You will become a hero, and give a needy dog or cat a loving home. In fact, there are even Beagle breeders who help with Beagle rescue. One puppy or kitten adopted in Grafton paves the way for another one to be saved.