Bruce 20-168

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Bruce came to RAGOM from a commercial breeder and is now learning about life as a family member among caring humans. His confidence is growing by the day, but he will need a home with another medium to large, confident dog as his role model. Bruce also requires a physically fenced yard. Young kids may be too loud and unpredictable, so a quiet home with no children (or children age 13+) would be best. He hasn’t been tested with cats.

To understand why RAGOM will adhere to our requirements for Bruce regarding children and another dog, please read about Retired Breeding Dogs.

At a Glance #20-168

Golden Retriever 1 year old
Male 60 lbs

Available as of November 29, 2020
Fostered in Duluth, MN

Status: Adopt Me
Adoption fee: $475

Children ages 13+
Another dog REQUIRED
Not tested with cats
Physical fence required (no invisible fence)
Medium energy
Children ages 13+
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Another dog REQUIRED
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Not tested with cats
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Physical fence required (no invisible fence)
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Medium energy
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Bruce came to RAGOM from a commercial breeder and is now learning about life as a family member among caring humans. His confidence is growing by the day, but he will need a home with another medium to large, confident dog as his role model. Bruce also requires a physically fenced yard. Young kids may be too loud and unpredictable, so a quiet home with no children (or children age 13+) would be best. He hasn’t been tested with cats.

To understand why RAGOM will adhere to our requirements for Bruce regarding children and another dog, please read about Retired Breeding Dogs.

Updates

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Bruce has continued to take baby steps over the past few weeks, but we're so happy to see his confidence building even if it is slow going.

Bruce has become very comfortable with his crate. It's definitely his safe spot and the place that we can find him much of the time. We leave the door open throughout the day, and he'll go in or come out as he pleases. If anything startles him or makes him nervous, he retreats to the crate but will usually come out again in a short period of time.

He has also become much more comfortable going through the doorway to get outside. For some reason getting him to come back in through the doorway has proved to be more difficult. Sometimes he'll come right on through and other times he looks in through the window to let us know he's ready, but when we open the door he retreats and circles around.

He might do this several times before he works up the courage to come back through. But thankfully Foster Dad doesn't have to carry him in and out anymore.

Since he seems to find comfort there, Bruce sleeps in his crate at night. He has made progress in sleeping through the night, though he still does wake up relatively early (by 6:00 a.m. most days). He lets us know he's ready to get up by whining but will bark and paw at his kennel door if we don't respond in a reasonable amount of time.

As soon as he hears us coming the thump, thump, thump of tail starts. Morning is absolutely Bruce's happiest and most enthusiastic time of day. Open the door and he comes bounding out wanting all of the attention. This is when we get to see Bruce be playful: chasing squeaky toys that are tossed for him, flipping on his back so we'll rub his tummy, chewing on bones, and running around the yard.

On a recent morning Foster Dad watched as Bruce ran around outside tossing his toy in the air and really just looking so much like a happy pup. It brings us so much joy to see Bruce learning how to have the confidence to play.

We have learned that Bruce is quite mischievous and very stealthy. Socks, mittens, hats, towels, washcloths, and of course squeaky stuffed animals are his favorite items to steal. He moves ever so quietly, grabs it very gently with his front teeth and retreats to his kennel to hoard them all. If one of our resident dogs starts to play with a toy, Bruce will grab it and take it to his kennel. Thankfully, he has a very gentle mouth, he hasn't yet chewed on these items and he shows no aggression when we retrieve the items from his kennel.

When we decorated our Christmas tree, Bruce quickly developed an interest in many of the decorations hanging on the lower branches. We cleared the lower branches, and his fascination went away. It was like having a toddler around again!

While morning tends to be Bruce's active time, the rest of the day he's pretty chill. While we're at work, he'll play here and there if our daughter sits in the living room with him while doing homework. He lies at my feet while I'm working in the evening or on his bed if we're watching a show.

Bruce is really a great dog and is learning to trust and find his confidence more and more each day, but the reality is that he is still very fearful in many ways. When the weather turned really cold a few weeks ago, the storm door had frozen shut and popped as it was opened. We struggled to get Bruce through the door for the next few days.

When it snowed last week, Bruce went outside but wanted to come right back in when the noise from our neighbor's shovel scraping across the driveway scared him.

For Christmas my mother-in-law stayed with us for a few days and my mom came over to eat with us. Bruce chose to stay in his crate much of the time and was pretty quiet even for him, but overall, he did ok. He eventually did a little bit of sniffing in their general direction but didn't approach them at all, and that's ok. We've already noticed that he is coming out more now that the house is quiet again.

Bruce spends pretty much all of his time either in our living room or kitchen/dining room. He has ventured down the hall to the bedrooms a few times in the early morning when his confidence is up (or he just likes to move under the cover of darkness) or when coaxed very, very slowly to move in that direction, but he doesn't choose to go there even if that's where his people are. 

Bruce has not yet tackled the stairs nor has he walked on a leash. We've tried but he freezes when the leash attached to his collar is picked up. We tried a harness, but he froze with that as well, so we'll keep working on it ever so slowly.

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Bruce is a 1½-year-old male Golden Retriever who came into our care from a commercial breeding situation. He is a very handsome young man with beautiful medium golden coloring. Because he did not have a typical upbringing in a home, he is very skittish and fearful of new situations, but he is learning every day to trust and that this new life is pretty 'GRand.'

Bruce (aka Batman) has made huge strides since coming to live with us three and half weeks ago. Each day he tries something new and his comfort zone stretches a little more.

In his first few days with us Bruce was quite literally frozen with fear. My husband would have to carry him outside and back in again to get him to go potty. He would find the quietest corner he could and try to disappear into it. He would drink and eat only if we weren't in the room with him.

As he has come to trust us, he explores just a little more each day. While he had been spending all of his time in our dining room/kitchen area, he now likes to spend time in the living room as well. It seems he still finds comfort in a quiet, somewhat hidden place: his kennel, under the kitchen table, between the couch and coffee table. There is much still to explore, but he'll get there when he's ready.

Bruce happily eats his meals. He's interested in treats when we use them to entice him to try something new, but often his fear still overrides and he'll go to a safe spot rather than take the treat. He has tried to take food from the table a couple of times when we've turned our backs (yay for confidence!) so I think he does have the potential to be a counter surfer/food thief.

Considering that he had not lived in a house before, potty training is going pretty well. Bruce has had only a couple of accidents and just this morning gave me a very subtle sign for the first time that he needed to go outside to do his business (yay for another tiny step!). Otherwise we take him out on a regular basis.

Speaking of going outside, Bruce is still working on his confidence going through the door. He's pretty good going out but is working on becoming more comfortable coming back in again. Each day gets a little better. Again, baby steps.

Bruce has not walked on a leash yet. He has one attached to him when he goes out in our fenced yard, but he freezes when we pick up the leash and try to "walk" him. We're going to start working on that so he can eventually enjoy going for a walk. If only he knew what he was missing out on!

In true Bruce Wayne/Batman fashion, this character's personality seems to be coming out more at night. He becomes more active when the sun goes down. That's when he tends to chew on bones or play a little bit with a ball or squeaky toy. He also looks for more human attention in the evenings.

He's fairly content to rest quietly much of the day at this point—this is another thing we're working on since sometimes he likes to wake up in the wee hours of the morning in a very playful mood. In the darkness he'll zoom around the yard and wag his tail and dance in excitement to see you.

While we may not like the time of day he chooses, it's such an encouraging sign to see him excited and acting like a happy boy. We know there's a wonderful personality waiting to show itself more consistently!

Bruce is happy to get attention: pets, ear and tummy rubs, and massages. He also likes to be brushed and didn't mind a bit when we bathed him. He is respectful of our resident dogs (one medium-sized and one small) but has not been arounds cats.

Bruce is looking for a relatively quiet home with a fenced yard as he adjusts to his new life. Young kids may be too loud and unpredictable for Bruce, so a home with older kids (age 13+) or no kids would be best.

A confident resident dog is required and would be a great role model as Bruce takes cues pretty well from our dogs about going outside to potty, etc. His new family should be very patient yet firm and consistent as he continues to learn the ins and outs of life in a home.

Bruce 20-168

Adopt Me: If you think Bruce would be a good fit in your home, please review our adoption process. If you have already submitted an Inquiry for Application, email [email protected] with Bruce's name, RAGOM number (20-168), the name you submitted under, and a sentence or two explaining why you feel your home would be a good match.