|In addition to LOVE this dog has the following requirements:
||Might benefit from large, playful, confident dog; no small or older dogs
|This is the most recent information available; however, it may change as we learn more about the dog.
Welcome back Tanner, now known as Monty, a 9-month-old purebred Golden. This pup was part of the group from the Missouri auction in August. He was adopted last fall and has been growing up over the last few months. He weighs 65 lbs. and is a beautiful light-colored Golden. He has gotten obedience training and knows "sit," "come," "down," and other basic commands. He walks nicely on a leash. He has been trained to walk on a treadmill, but I haven’t tried that out. Our weather has been so nice for February that we are walking 2+ miles and letting Monty become part of our pack. He is kennel trained and sleeps there. He takes treats nicely. He sits and offers his paw. He rarely barks, but will whine if he needs to go out and bark to come back in. He is housebroken and will pee and poop when you tell him to outside. For a young dog, he is well-trained and well on his way to being a great dog. Monty just needs someone patient and consistent to finish his training and might do well with a playful, confident dog to help burn off that puppy energy, or else long walks.
Monty was surrendered because he was just too energetic for his family and not the disposition they were looking for in a Golden. He also was mouthy and rough in his play with his humans. I am working on time-outs when he gets rowdy. He goes to his kennel and quiets down, and is fine when he is let out later. This is something he has to learn, and he is certainly trainable. My resident dog Bella is older (8 years old), but about his size. They wrestle and play together, and Monty is learning to quit when Bella has had enough. In his previous adoptive home, Monty was bugging the cat more and more. He might have a strong prey drive. My smaller dog is teaching him to leave her alone. She won’t wrestle with a big dog, not even Bella.
Monty was at the vet today for a wellness checkup. As a pup, he had serious problems with intestinal parasites and loose stools. The previous owners and their vets worked on this problem for months. He arrived with medicine to help his GI tract and a bag of special dog food that is very easy to digest and used to eliminate food allergies. He is eating and eliminating well and parasite-free. We are going to wean him off both the meds and special food in the next couple weeks, and see if his system is healthy and able to tolerate normal dog food. Stay tuned for the results.
Now that all that is covered, I just want to say that Monty is a sweet, happy dog who acts like other 9-month-old dogs. He has already shown signs of settling in at my house, and today when we returned from the vet, both my dogs were wagging their tails, very excited to see him. I am able to walk three dogs at once, so I know that he is a good walker. I think someone will be getting a great, highly-trained puppy who is well past the potty-training, sharp-puppy-teeth stage and on his way to being a wonderful dog. If you are interested in Monty and have the time, energy, and commitment that raising a young Golden Retriever takes, please fill out an interest form.