Retrieve a Golden of Minnesota: RAGOM is a 501(c)(3) organization, rescuing Golden Retrievers and re-homing them through adoption since 1985. Serving Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota.
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Education - Golden Retrievers

A Quick Introduction

While some dogs come from loving homes going through a rough time, a huge majority of our dogs come with BAGGAGE and not the good kind like fluffy dog beds, stainless bowls, and bags of toys. They have lived on the street, been abused, neglected, over-bred or under-socialized. They have limited, if any, training, and many have never seen a vet. They need love, patience, training and sometimes need to work with behaviorists. Fosters AND adopters have some hard work to do to help them be successful! We can't order up our dogs by size, color, gender, age or personality, and we don't keep extras of popular pups in the back room we have the dogs who need us most at any given time. If you are thinking about adopting one of our pups, please consider the following:


Is a Golden Retriever right for you and your family?

Goldens are friendly and fantastic family dogs, but can also be scared and develop anxieties. Besides being adorable, they are also BIG, FURRY attention-seekers who shed on everything they are near all year ´round.

Will it be a major concern if:

  • You cannot invite your friends over to welcome the new dog for a while or be able to bring your dog everywhere in the beginning?  Dogs need time to adjust and to learn to trust their new family and home. Patience is key to a good transition.
  • Your dog ends up needing more time to adjust than you were hoping? Possibly even time working with a behaviorist or a trainer? Some dogs can adjust in a week or two where some dogs can take weeks to months of love, patience, and consistent positive training.
  • Your dog developed some anxiety when it moved to your home?  Dogs can be resilient but they can also develop anxieties as a result of all of the changes they have been put through.
  • There is dog hair everywhere? Tumbling across the hard floor, woven into the cushions of your furniture, on your clothes when you are 1000 miles away from home on a business trip, even in your food once in awhile?
  • You keep finding tennis balls dropped in your bubble bath, or even more exciting, an 80 lb water-loving Golden decides to join you in the tub?
  • Your boss is over for dinner and your furry family member parades by with yesterday’s underwear? Your teen’s phone? Or a critter he found for you in the back yard?
  • You find yourself going for “drags” around the block rather than walks?
  • Tonight’s potluck dish disappears off the counter when you step away to answer the phone?
  • You come home from work to find your dog stretched out on the dining table wagging at you?
  • Your fur-kid wants to go everywhere with you, including (especially!) the toilet because you have two hands free for scratching?

Many of these behaviors are manageable with a little thought and planning, but they do happen! If you answered “YES” to more than one or two of these questions, or they sound overwhelming in print, it will likely be intolerable in reality. We don´t mind taking dogs in because they “shed too much”, “counter-surf”, or “follow me around all the time”, but we won´t place a Golden in a home where these would be major concerns.


If a Golden sounds just right, what about a RESCUE Golden?

You are willing to take on a large, furry family member and all that comes with that, both good and bad. You are prepared for years of slobbery kisses, muddy feet all spring, possible training issues and you have your throwing arm warmed up for non-stop tennis ball action! A Golden sounds like a great dog for your family! But, what about a rescue Golden?

Before you apply, ask yourself:

  • Is it important to adopt a dog that is a purebred?
  • Are you looking for a dog that is a specific size, color, age or gender?
  • Do you need a dog without major health concerns?
  • Do you need a dog with no KNOWN behavior issues?
  • Is your life too busy to provide training, either in-home or formal obedience, for your new pup?

If you answered yes to more than one of these questions, adopting a rescue dog is probably not for you. Just like our dogs, RESCUERS come in all shapes and sizes --- some are adopters, some are fosters, some are business partners, some are volunteers, some are donors. If adopting one of our dogs isn’t a fit for your lifestyle, you can still be a part of helping a dog in need!

Our focus is to find a fit between the needs and lifestyle of adoptive families and the needs and temperament of our dogs. These are our most important considerations! The more restrictions you put on what kind of dog you will take, the less likely we will be able to help you, particularly if you are looking for a young (age 1-4) purebred dog with no major health or behavioral issues. Many of our families wait a year or more to find a dog like this!

Though rescue dogs aren’t perfect, most of our adoptive families say their new rescue dog is perfect for them! Sure he messed on the rug and cried all night for the first two weeks. Yeah, he still rolls in the mud in the back yard and scratches the patio door, but when he looks up at you with those big brown eyes filled with love, he is the perfect dog!

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