February 4, 2012
Buddy is a 1 year old Golden Retriever. He has been in my home for 3 weeks. He is a very energetic puppy, he likes to "wrestle" with Dexter, my 4 year old resident Golden Retriever. He is quite vocal, he will bark, howl, and has a weird sort of chirping sound when he gets excited. He is protective of the house and will bark when people are walking by the house.
House-broken: He is fully house-broken. He has not marked in the home, but he has pooped twice in his first 4 days here, but has not had any accidents since. He will let you know he needs to go out by barking to get your attention.
Food: From what I can tell, his weight looks great. I am feeding him Purina One SmartBlend Lamb & Rice with 1c in the morning, and 2-3c in the evening. When feeding him, I am commanding him "Sit" and "Wait" until I tell him it is "OK" to eat his food, I do this because it is what I do with Dexter. He has started to catch on after watching Dexter do those motions. I have taken his food bowl away while he eats and he does not growl or nip. He does take treats from humans gently, but he gets impatient if you make him wait too long before he can have one. He will beg for people food and will sometimes while you're eating, we have been telling him "No!" when he does this and it seems to be subsiding.
Alone Time: He has 100% free roam of the house, he has been alone for up to 6 hours without any issues. He counter surfs and will get into the garbage if not sealed properly.
Social Skills: He enjoys car rides and loves human interaction. He loves to cuddle and curl up on the couch with you. He does not realize how big of a dog he is (he's very muscular) and he tends to push into you with all of his weight.
Toys: He likes to play fetch, I have lots and lots of yellow squeaker balls left over from Shadow and Kevin (my previous fosters). He will pick up other items through the house and carry them around in his mouth. He likes to shred paper products like used paper towel rolls, and he has a thing for shoes where he will carry one in his mouth and leave it in another room somewhere, he never chews them, he just moves them around.
Other Behavior: He knows "Sit", but it appears that is about it. He does ok with recall, but will stay away from you if he thinks you're upset with him. He charges doors and hasn't learned his boundary on the doors. I've played with his paws and jowls and he doesn't mind. Unknown how he would do with baths and swimming.
Health: He's UTD on all shots, HW, and rabies, fecal is negative, he will be scheduled for neutering this week as well as microchip placement. Previous vet stated he had a heart murmur, current vet does not hear one now.
Buddy needs a home where he can stay active where people can play fetch with him. Being in a home with bigger dogs should be ok, he appears to be ok around children as well. A fenced yard would be good since I don't know if he's a runner or tether trained.
At a Glance #12-006
|Golden Retriever||Born: November 2010|