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At A Glance
|In addition to LOVE this dog has the following requirements:
|To be determined
|This is the most recent information available; however, it may change as we learn more about the dog.
Please join me in welcoming handsome Louie to the RAGOM family. Louie is a 1-year-old (DOB 12/04/14), purebred, male Golden Retriever. He weighs 66 pounds, and is neutered, heartworm negative, and up-to-date on his vaccinations.
He did come into RAGOM with roundworms, but has been given medication. He will be retested on Jan 11 to confirm treatment.
Louie was surrendered to RAGOM by a loving family that had acquired him from a private owner, but were only able to keep him for a few days due to his puppy-like behavior. It appears that Louie spent the first year of his life with the previous owner.
Here is all the really good stuff about Louie:
Here are the things that need serious consideration about Louie:
- He jumps on people (and is strong enough to knock you over)
- He will nip at heels and legs when people move by quickly (because of this - we will want to discuss any situation where Louie will be in a home with children)
- Louie mouths and nips - at hands and arms and clothing - he does this when he is excited, or to get attention, or to try to engage humans in his play
- He does not seem to be able to unwind on his own - and often requires a timeout when playtime gets out of control or he has one of his tantrums (like when you take away something he wants)
- Everything still goes in his mouth (plants, towels, hats, clothing, pillows, etc.)
- He is currently getting 3 walks per day - after which he is much more relaxed and able to listen
- We are also using puzzle toys and search games to give him a chance to properly explore and play
- Louie does like to spend time in the yard - he will make up games with sticks or balls and keep himself entertained; note that his yard time is logged under mental stimulation - this does not wear him out as needed for physical exercise
- Initially, Louie showed no interest in humans except as a source of treats and play
- We have started to see signs of bonding and he has started seeking attention from humans in the home
- We would recommend that the adoptive family continue to work a nothing-is-free program - where Louie learns that he must show positive behavior/actions in order to get anything he wants
Louie is a curious, smart, high-energy pup. He needs to find an adoptive home that will understand that he has A LOT to learn and will provide him the patience and stability and boundaries that he needs to learn to be a good citizen. It is going to take serious work by his family (and by Louie himself) - but there is an awful lot of potential with this handsome boy. He really does need to be in a controlled environment where he can continue to learn positive behaviors and which items are appropriate for doggie play. Please think about whether or not you have the resources to be able to offer Louie a forever home and a wonderful new beginning.