If you are looking for a canine coach as a trainer for your next 5K race, perhaps you need to meet Marvelous Marvin.
Marvin came to RAGOM as a stray from central Minnesota where he was picked up and brought into the Humane Society, but no one came for him. I wish he could talk because this boy has some stories to tell! Marvin is a big guy, weighing 94 pounds, and is pure muscle.
Initially he was a little confused over his obvious stroke of good luck after leaving the Humane Society and ending up at my house a week ago, but seems to be settling in and is showing improvements every day.
He spends the night in his crate—a big one! —without problems. When he first comes out of the crate, in typical Golden fashion, he likes to have something soft in his mouth. At first it was my slipper, but it’s now one of his stuffed toys.
He is crated during the day and seems to do fine while I am at work. I leave the radio on for him for company and check on him at lunchtime. He is a big fan of his Kong when it’s filled with peanut butter and frozen.
He didn’t bark for the first four days. Now he only seems to bark sporadically if he needs to alert foster mom. He hasn’t barked at the doorbell.
Marvin had his initial vet check on Monday. He is estimated to be about 9 years old. He was given all of his immunizations, microchipped, and sent home with treatment for hookworms. Marvin will be going back to the vet on Monday, March 15 as he will need dental work and needs to be neutered.
Marvin has been walking 5+ miles daily with me, and we have been working on his manners. He is learning "sit," "wait," "down," "kennel up," and "relax." He loves attention and treats! He is very smart and seems to remember everything. Being in an obedience class would help him build more confidence and be a better housemate.
Marvin has an endearing habit of "chomping" when he's excited. Because of this, older children (age 13+) are recommended. He can be mouthy but is learning to be "gentle" or wait for treats and toys. He’s been very calm and polite when we meet people out on the walking trails.
Once Marvin is recovering from surgery, we will work on introducing him to other dogs, but so far have been letting him settle in and adjust. When we know how he reacts to other dogs, we’ll provide an update.
We don't have a cat so I am unable to test him. But he seems to have a bit of a prey drive, so living with a cat might not be in the cat's best interest.
Due to his history, a physical fence is preferred. But this is optional as long as Marvin’s family has a plan to keep him safe.
He’s a sweet boy that loves to be near his people. He likes playing with toys, will shred a stuffed one to get to the squeaker, and can catch a tennis ball in the air.