In addition to LOVE this dog has the following requirements:Entered Foster CareFenceKid FriendlyAnother DogCat Friendly9/6/2014
This is the most recent information available; however, it may change as we learn more about the dog.
Millie is one of the newest Golden girls to come into RAGOM's care. She is a 1.5-year-old purebred Golden Retriever who is a puppy in an adult's body. She came from a family who surrendered her because they did not have enough time for her. It is evident this rambunctious girl has not had a lot of training or boundaries, but that is something we are definitely working on.
Here is the rundown on Miss Millie.
- She is spayed and in good health.
- She gets along great with the 3 female dogs in our home. She is very submissive to them and though she tries to engage them in play, she heeds their warnings when they ask to be left alone.
- She is curious about, but not aggressive to, the cat in the home. She would do fine in a home with cats.
- Millie is house trained and crate trained. She does need a little help going into the crate, but she does well once in there and was crated while the owners were at work and overnight in her previous home. She sleeps next to the bed in her foster home and after a couple of nights, she has now settled in and is sleeping well.
- She knows "sit," "down," and "wait." She definitely needs work on "come" as she just ignores you completely if she doesn't want to do it.
- She enjoys playing ball, but doesn't always want to bring it back and likes to play chase.
- She rides pretty well in the car and slept most of the hour transport leg from Iowa City to Le Claire.
- She is a complete Velcro dog and loves to be next to her people at all times. She currently follows us wherever we go and doesn't care to be separated from us.
- She would be a great jogging partner for someone as she has a lot of energy.
- She does not appear to be afraid of storms.
- She is good with children, though she is like a bull in a china shop at times and would probably be too much for a toddler as she knocks mine down and will step on her if we are not watching carefully.
- Now, as we all know, no one is perfect and Millie is no exception. We all have our good and our bad traits. Millie's main issue is manners. She doesn't have many at this point, so it is something we are working on daily. She jumps up on people and doors, and will put her feet on the counter. We are teaching her she needs to sit down before she gets attention, let inside, etc. and redirect her if she tries to put her feet on the counter looking for a morsel. So, continued obedience training will be important for her to become a great canine citizen.
- Energy can be a good thing, but energy when it does not have an outlet can lead to problem behaviors. So, Millie will need a family committed to exercising her every single day. She would love a playful dog as well, though this is not a requirement.
- She will chew small kids toys as she is still a teenager, so toys need to be kept up.
- If you don't have a fence, Millie will need to be leashed or on a tie-out at all times. Her recall is not great and she tends to ignore you if she doesn't want to do what you ask, so she definitely doesn't always come if you ask.
- Lastly, Millie has some mild food guarding. She will growl if you are messing with her while she is eating, but it is a very soft growl and she makes no attempts to take it any further. She is just letting us know she would like to eat in peace. She eats great next to the other dogs and takes treats well in a group. We also have not seen any guarding of other resources such as toys.
Millie is ready to find a forever home. Please let your placement advisor know if you are interested in meeting Millie.