Max 17-034

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Max's living situation has changed. He was adopted in May and returned to RAGOM in June. His adoptive family made the difficult decision that Max's age and training requirements were not going to match their lifestyle. Max has a lot of potential, but the road to the "perfect Golden" will be a project of several months. Once he finds the person or family that knows his worth and is willing to put in the work, you will get a loyal, loving, beautiful, well-trained dog. The person who puts in the work will get an exceptional pet. Max needs to be loved as he is right now, with all his flaws as well as his potential.

At a Glance #17-034

Golden Retriever 1 year old
Male 70 lbs


Fostered in Fargo, ND

Status: Unavailable
Adoption fee: $475

No children in the home
Can live with other dogs
Can live with cats
Required – No invisible fence
Medium energy
No children in the home
Can live with other dogs
Can live with cats
Required – No invisible fence
Medium energy

Updates

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Max's living situation has changed. He was adopted in May and returned to RAGOM in June. His adoptive family made the difficult decision that Max's age and training requirements were not going to match their lifestyle. They sadly but lovingly surrendered him to RAGOM in order to help him find a home that was more suitable for his personality. We now know more of what Max needs, so there are some changes in requirements. Max cannot go to a family with children, because he was too rough with children in his former adoptive home. A physical fence is also believed to be best for Max right now. Max is a 14-month-old puppy weighing about 70 lbs who acts like a 5-month-old puppy. He is mouthy, jumps, and will steal inappropriate items. He can be willful and stubborn. Max has a lot of potential, but the road to the "perfect Golden" will be a project of several months. Once he finds the person or family that knows his worth and is willing to put in the work, you will get a loyal, loving, beautiful, well-trained dog. The person who puts in the work will get an exceptional pet. Max needs to be loved as he is right now, with all his flaws as well as his potential.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Hey, fans! It's me, Max! I have some exciting news for you all. I will fill you in on some of my current events, and then my Foster Mom will take over.

I arrived at my new foster home on July 17th and have been peacefully residing with a 25-month-old male Foster Brother named Buddy ManyFeathers. Now, first, I will tell you a bit about Buddy ManyFeathers. Buddy is a young guy, but acts like an old man. We will have wrestling matches a few times a day, but for the most part, he ignores me. Once in a while, my Foster Family will tell me nicely to "leave it" when Buddy just wants to rest. We enjoy long walks together, at least 3 miles every single day. Sometimes longer, sometimes more than once. Our foster parents tell us it is very important to get a lot of exercise and that it is crucial for my sanity. These people here keep me very busy.


Now I will tell you a little about my human people at this house. I have a Foster Mom and Dad who are middle-aged, active people. They both work full-time jobs. The first month I was here, my Foster Dad was on vacation. He kept me very busy during the day. I have a 16-year-old Foster Sister. She is not responsible for taking care of me, as I have some behaviors that she cannot handle on her own (my Foster Mom will explain later). My people dedicate their evenings to me. I need my exercise and to work on my training daily. My Foster Mom spends about two hours with me each morning before she goes to work. The days my Foster Parents are working, I spend about 7 hours in my crate. On the weekends, I go to this wonderful place they call "the lake."


So now my Foster Mom says she has to take over, uh oh!

Hello, everyone.

Thank you for checking in on Max. We have a lot to share about this handsome boy. Now, if you have been thinking about Max, and if he just might be a fit for your home, please read his new entry over and over again.

As Max explained, he has been with us since mid July. Now Mr. Max can be a complete gentleman at times, but he has some behaviors that will need to be consistently worked on. This is our list:

  1. Resource guarding - Max will take inappropriate items and tear them up. At times, he will hide under a chair or the kitchen table. It is very important that Max works on his trading skills when this occurs. This can be tricky at times. NO grabbing or hollering - remain calm, and at times, you just need to walk away and not give him the satisfaction he is seeking. It took us about a month for Max to establish trust with us. To this day, we are very careful and need to read his body language. Due to this behavior, we feel that Max should not be in a home with children, no matter their age. A family with experience in training is a must. Patience is key. Be prepared for damage to your personal property!
  2. Jumping up - Max will jump on you when he is excited. This usually only occurs on return home from work or after being gone an extended period of time. When the other family members return home, he will jump on them as well. He will sometimes grab your sleeve, purse, or anything fair game flailing from your hands. He will also jump on your houseguests. If you are not steady on your feet, he will most likely knock you on your keister. This is a difficult behavior to correct and will need consistent work.
  3. Digging - This guy will go on digging streaks. It will go on for a few days and then quit for a week. Then he will go at it again. He can dig a hole a foot deep in about 30 seconds. If you want a perfectly manicured landscape, Max is not the dog for you. He has not bothered any plants, potted or planted in the ground.

Now on to the good. Max is a rockstar at his training sessions. He has been the demonstrator at group training. He is not reactive to other dogs. He knows all the basic commands and follows them at training. At home, not so much, unless you have a pocketful of treats. His Foster Parents have learned how to use the clicker which Max knows well. He has also been to one-on-one training where we have worked on going in and out the door, mat training, trading, and the basics. When he is at the training facility, he is a completely different dog, much like a young child! We would like Max to continue with one-on-one training in his forever home until he matures in to a well-mannered boy.

Morning is Max's best time of day. He sometimes is very slow to get out of his crate (he is crated at night as he will try to play with other dog and cannot be trusted to not get into inappropriate items). He will snuggle nicely on the bed for a bit before he wants to go outside. He eats breakfast, rests a bit, and then usually will have a wrestling match before Foster Mom goes to work.

Evening can be a completely different story. Usually between the hours of 7 pm and 9 pm, Max will get very amped up, even after a long walk. He will do just about anything to get 100% of your attention, whether it is positive or negative! This is his ugly time. Sometimes a run or a second walk helps, or short training sessions. Even if Max is amped up, he will go to bed and sleep peacefully in his crate all night. If you are a runner, this will be an added bonus for Max!

We will say that Max is pretty darn good on the leash. He will be a little excited for a few minutes, but will have an enjoyable walk after he gets going. He will pull like a bull when he sees the little furry critters, but will only look at other dogs and keep on trucking.


Max LOVES to go for car rides. We travel an hour and a half to the lake, and he does fantastically. He is at his very best while going for a drive. The last couple of long rides, he did not want to get out of the car. He has been known to ride in a convertible and loves it!

Once in a while, Max will not want to go into his crate. We have found this usually occurs on the days when we go to work or some evenings when he does not think it is bedtime. We will have to patiently lure him in with treats. He has caught on to what we are doing, so it sometimes takes a lot of treats!

There is so much more to say, and I will think of things after the fact. Max needs someone who is calm and has never-ending patience. If you work during the day, he will need your attention every evening. No happy hours or going to the movies. If you have another dog in the home, it will need to be one that is very tolerant, confident, and not have any similar behaviors to Max. A senior dog would probably not be a good fit, as the Max we know likes to play very rough and will pester, pester, pester. A fenced yard would be ideal (physical fence) and a home that is picked up, neat, and clean. If things are not kept in their place (clothes, shoes, etc.), they will end up in the trash.

As stated before, Max will need a family of experienced dog owners that can provide him with positive training methods going forward. Max has lived quite a few places and most of all needs stability and a schedule in his forever home. You will need to be prepared for a long period of adjustment and times of frustration. If you are willing to dedicate every moment of your free time training and tolerating, Max may be the dog for you!

Thank you for taking the time to visit Max, and if you feel that he may be a fit in your home, please submit an inquiry.


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Max has been busy at summer camp. I just got a report from the head counselor. Here is what it said:

Plays well with other dogs - Excellent. Max enjoys the company of other dogs. He walks well on a leash with another dog and has shown no aggression.

 

Plays well with people - Good. Max enjoys people and likes to play retrieving balls or other running-type games. The people do need to control the play. If he gets too excited, he has a hard time stopping. Humans may be finished, but Max is not. No tug-of-war or wrestling allowed.

 

Shares with others - Good and improving. Max is willing to give up toys or objects in his mouth. He will drop upon command when offered a treat or something of higher value.

 

Knowledge of commands - Good. Max knows basic commands. He has worked with a clicker. A quick refresher and he will be a great candidate for clicker training. Knows "sit," "stay," "down," and "leave it."

 

Listening - Fair. Max is easily distracted. He listens, but it is difficult for him to hold his attention on any one thing for long.

 

Focus - Needs improvement. Max is a busy dog. He is constantly exploring and learning about his environment. Anything in your house is fair game for being put in his mouth.

 

Exercise requirements - At least 1 mile twice daily. Longest walk in the evening is recommended as he is very active around dusk. Swimming is good, or playing with another dog. Max is very active. However, he is a sprinter, not a marathoner. Shorter but more frequent exercise periods will help him. His stamina can be improved.

 

Home requirements - Max cannot be given free roam when first arriving at your home. He needs to be tethered and allowed only in areas that are completely dog-proofed. You will need to use a kennel or baby gates to keep him in a very limited area. This guy is going to make your house cleaner than it has ever been. The fewer things you have out, the less he can get at. It is going to take a couple of months, at least, before he is ready for free roam.

 

Affection - Max is a dog who needs to be touched often. He craves physical contact. Touch is as big a reward for him as food. He needs to find somebody to love him unconditionally. This person will work with him hard, and there will be some rough times in the beginning. Max is not an easy dog right now. He will test you, and if you are not up to being the leader, he will take over. If that happens, the adoption will not succeed. Affection is necessary, but boundaries and training are mandatory. Max is loyal and sweet, and has a lot of love that he wants to show his new people.

 

Max's permanent home needs:

  • knowledge of positive training
  • ability to set boundaries
  • patience
  • affection

 

If you think Max would be a good fit in your home, please submit an "Inquiry for Application" form. If you have already filled out an "Inquiry for Application" form, please send an email to application@ragom.org with Max's name, his RAGOM number, the name you submitted the Inquiry for Application form under, and a sentence or two why you feel you'd be a good match.

 

Max's Well-wishers

John and Michelle H
"Good-looking guy--hope you find a home soon!"

Profile

Max's living situation has changed. He was adopted in May and returned to RAGOM in June. His adoptive family made the difficult decision that Max's age and training requirements were not going to match their lifestyle. Max has a lot of potential, but the road to the "perfect Golden" will be a project of several months. Once he finds the person or family that knows his worth and is willing to put in the work, you will get a loyal, loving, beautiful, well-trained dog. The person who puts in the work will get an exceptional pet. Max needs to be loved as he is right now, with all his flaws as well as his potential.

Updates

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Max's living situation has changed. He was adopted in May and returned to RAGOM in June. His adoptive family made the difficult decision that Max's age and training requirements were not going to match their lifestyle. They sadly but lovingly surrendered him to RAGOM in order to help him find a home that was more suitable for his personality. We now know more of what Max needs, so there are some changes in requirements. Max cannot go to a family with children, because he was too rough with children in his former adoptive home. A physical fence is also believed to be best for Max right now. Max is a 14-month-old puppy weighing about 70 lbs who acts like a 5-month-old puppy. He is mouthy, jumps, and will steal inappropriate items. He can be willful and stubborn. Max has a lot of potential, but the road to the "perfect Golden" will be a project of several months. Once he finds the person or family that knows his worth and is willing to put in the work, you will get a loyal, loving, beautiful, well-trained dog. The person who puts in the work will get an exceptional pet. Max needs to be loved as he is right now, with all his flaws as well as his potential.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Hey, fans! It's me, Max! I have some exciting news for you all. I will fill you in on some of my current events, and then my Foster Mom will take over.

I arrived at my new foster home on July 17th and have been peacefully residing with a 25-month-old male Foster Brother named Buddy ManyFeathers. Now, first, I will tell you a bit about Buddy ManyFeathers. Buddy is a young guy, but acts like an old man. We will have wrestling matches a few times a day, but for the most part, he ignores me. Once in a while, my Foster Family will tell me nicely to "leave it" when Buddy just wants to rest. We enjoy long walks together, at least 3 miles every single day. Sometimes longer, sometimes more than once. Our foster parents tell us it is very important to get a lot of exercise and that it is crucial for my sanity. These people here keep me very busy.


Now I will tell you a little about my human people at this house. I have a Foster Mom and Dad who are middle-aged, active people. They both work full-time jobs. The first month I was here, my Foster Dad was on vacation. He kept me very busy during the day. I have a 16-year-old Foster Sister. She is not responsible for taking care of me, as I have some behaviors that she cannot handle on her own (my Foster Mom will explain later). My people dedicate their evenings to me. I need my exercise and to work on my training daily. My Foster Mom spends about two hours with me each morning before she goes to work. The days my Foster Parents are working, I spend about 7 hours in my crate. On the weekends, I go to this wonderful place they call "the lake."


So now my Foster Mom says she has to take over, uh oh!

Hello, everyone.

Thank you for checking in on Max. We have a lot to share about this handsome boy. Now, if you have been thinking about Max, and if he just might be a fit for your home, please read his new entry over and over again.

As Max explained, he has been with us since mid July. Now Mr. Max can be a complete gentleman at times, but he has some behaviors that will need to be consistently worked on. This is our list:

  1. Resource guarding - Max will take inappropriate items and tear them up. At times, he will hide under a chair or the kitchen table. It is very important that Max works on his trading skills when this occurs. This can be tricky at times. NO grabbing or hollering - remain calm, and at times, you just need to walk away and not give him the satisfaction he is seeking. It took us about a month for Max to establish trust with us. To this day, we are very careful and need to read his body language. Due to this behavior, we feel that Max should not be in a home with children, no matter their age. A family with experience in training is a must. Patience is key. Be prepared for damage to your personal property!
  2. Jumping up - Max will jump on you when he is excited. This usually only occurs on return home from work or after being gone an extended period of time. When the other family members return home, he will jump on them as well. He will sometimes grab your sleeve, purse, or anything fair game flailing from your hands. He will also jump on your houseguests. If you are not steady on your feet, he will most likely knock you on your keister. This is a difficult behavior to correct and will need consistent work.
  3. Digging - This guy will go on digging streaks. It will go on for a few days and then quit for a week. Then he will go at it again. He can dig a hole a foot deep in about 30 seconds. If you want a perfectly manicured landscape, Max is not the dog for you. He has not bothered any plants, potted or planted in the ground.

Now on to the good. Max is a rockstar at his training sessions. He has been the demonstrator at group training. He is not reactive to other dogs. He knows all the basic commands and follows them at training. At home, not so much, unless you have a pocketful of treats. His Foster Parents have learned how to use the clicker which Max knows well. He has also been to one-on-one training where we have worked on going in and out the door, mat training, trading, and the basics. When he is at the training facility, he is a completely different dog, much like a young child! We would like Max to continue with one-on-one training in his forever home until he matures in to a well-mannered boy.

Morning is Max's best time of day. He sometimes is very slow to get out of his crate (he is crated at night as he will try to play with other dog and cannot be trusted to not get into inappropriate items). He will snuggle nicely on the bed for a bit before he wants to go outside. He eats breakfast, rests a bit, and then usually will have a wrestling match before Foster Mom goes to work.

Evening can be a completely different story. Usually between the hours of 7 pm and 9 pm, Max will get very amped up, even after a long walk. He will do just about anything to get 100% of your attention, whether it is positive or negative! This is his ugly time. Sometimes a run or a second walk helps, or short training sessions. Even if Max is amped up, he will go to bed and sleep peacefully in his crate all night. If you are a runner, this will be an added bonus for Max!

We will say that Max is pretty darn good on the leash. He will be a little excited for a few minutes, but will have an enjoyable walk after he gets going. He will pull like a bull when he sees the little furry critters, but will only look at other dogs and keep on trucking.


Max LOVES to go for car rides. We travel an hour and a half to the lake, and he does fantastically. He is at his very best while going for a drive. The last couple of long rides, he did not want to get out of the car. He has been known to ride in a convertible and loves it!

Once in a while, Max will not want to go into his crate. We have found this usually occurs on the days when we go to work or some evenings when he does not think it is bedtime. We will have to patiently lure him in with treats. He has caught on to what we are doing, so it sometimes takes a lot of treats!

There is so much more to say, and I will think of things after the fact. Max needs someone who is calm and has never-ending patience. If you work during the day, he will need your attention every evening. No happy hours or going to the movies. If you have another dog in the home, it will need to be one that is very tolerant, confident, and not have any similar behaviors to Max. A senior dog would probably not be a good fit, as the Max we know likes to play very rough and will pester, pester, pester. A fenced yard would be ideal (physical fence) and a home that is picked up, neat, and clean. If things are not kept in their place (clothes, shoes, etc.), they will end up in the trash.

As stated before, Max will need a family of experienced dog owners that can provide him with positive training methods going forward. Max has lived quite a few places and most of all needs stability and a schedule in his forever home. You will need to be prepared for a long period of adjustment and times of frustration. If you are willing to dedicate every moment of your free time training and tolerating, Max may be the dog for you!

Thank you for taking the time to visit Max, and if you feel that he may be a fit in your home, please submit an inquiry.


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Max has been busy at summer camp. I just got a report from the head counselor. Here is what it said:

Plays well with other dogs - Excellent. Max enjoys the company of other dogs. He walks well on a leash with another dog and has shown no aggression.

 

Plays well with people - Good. Max enjoys people and likes to play retrieving balls or other running-type games. The people do need to control the play. If he gets too excited, he has a hard time stopping. Humans may be finished, but Max is not. No tug-of-war or wrestling allowed.

 

Shares with others - Good and improving. Max is willing to give up toys or objects in his mouth. He will drop upon command when offered a treat or something of higher value.

 

Knowledge of commands - Good. Max knows basic commands. He has worked with a clicker. A quick refresher and he will be a great candidate for clicker training. Knows "sit," "stay," "down," and "leave it."

 

Listening - Fair. Max is easily distracted. He listens, but it is difficult for him to hold his attention on any one thing for long.

 

Focus - Needs improvement. Max is a busy dog. He is constantly exploring and learning about his environment. Anything in your house is fair game for being put in his mouth.

 

Exercise requirements - At least 1 mile twice daily. Longest walk in the evening is recommended as he is very active around dusk. Swimming is good, or playing with another dog. Max is very active. However, he is a sprinter, not a marathoner. Shorter but more frequent exercise periods will help him. His stamina can be improved.

 

Home requirements - Max cannot be given free roam when first arriving at your home. He needs to be tethered and allowed only in areas that are completely dog-proofed. You will need to use a kennel or baby gates to keep him in a very limited area. This guy is going to make your house cleaner than it has ever been. The fewer things you have out, the less he can get at. It is going to take a couple of months, at least, before he is ready for free roam.

 

Affection - Max is a dog who needs to be touched often. He craves physical contact. Touch is as big a reward for him as food. He needs to find somebody to love him unconditionally. This person will work with him hard, and there will be some rough times in the beginning. Max is not an easy dog right now. He will test you, and if you are not up to being the leader, he will take over. If that happens, the adoption will not succeed. Affection is necessary, but boundaries and training are mandatory. Max is loyal and sweet, and has a lot of love that he wants to show his new people.

 

Max's permanent home needs:

  • knowledge of positive training
  • ability to set boundaries
  • patience
  • affection

 

If you think Max would be a good fit in your home, please submit an "Inquiry for Application" form. If you have already filled out an "Inquiry for Application" form, please send an email to application@ragom.org with Max's name, his RAGOM number, the name you submitted the Inquiry for Application form under, and a sentence or two why you feel you'd be a good match.