Rocky 18-007

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Rocky was lovingly surrendered when his family did not have time for him. Rocky is a healthy, affectionate, active boy. Because Rocky can be possessive of toys and other items, Rocky's home cannot include children, cats, or dogs and must have a physical fence. He is working on bonding with his humans by playing games and learning new skills that help him put his resource guarding in his past. Rocky is looking for a simple, uncluttered life where he can love and soak up your attention.

At a Glance #18-007

Golden Retriever 3 years old
Male 55 lbs

Available as of February 21, 2019
Fostered in Minneapolis, MN

Status: Adopt Me
Adoption fee: $400

Cannot live with children
Cannot live with other dogs
Cannot live with cats
Physical fence required (no invisible fence)
Medium energy
Cannot live with children
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Cannot live with other dogs
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Cannot live with cats
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Physical fence required (no invisible fence)
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Medium energy
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Rocky was lovingly surrendered when his family did not have time for him. Rocky is a healthy, affectionate, active boy. Because Rocky can be possessive of toys and other items, Rocky's home cannot include children, cats, or dogs and must have a physical fence. He is working on bonding with his humans by playing games and learning new skills that help him put his resource guarding in his past. Rocky is looking for a simple, uncluttered life where he can love and soak up your attention.

Updates

Monday, August 5, 2019

Where does the summer go?! Rocky has been keeping busy with lots of summer hikes and cool dips wherever he can. He loves to swim for sticks! He also enjoys backyard barbecues and evening bonfires with his humans.

Rocky 18-007
Rocky 18-007
Rocky 18-007
Rocky 18-007

After successfully completing his course at Canine Coach, he's been showing off all his patience skills around the neighborhood. Rocky has a few favorite neighbor dogs that he loves to visit and is always on his best behavior.

Rocky has adjusted well to an adult roommate that moved into his fosters' home. They've spent weekends together while his fosters have been to dog-free cabins (how silly is that?). Rocky's new friend cannot say enough good things about his dog-sitting adventures.

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Rocky continues to be the highlight of his fosters' day. As much as we wish we could keep him, we know there's a special family waiting to fall in love with this little sweetie! 

Thursday, June 13, 2019

As the seasons change, we continue to learn Rocky’s needs and have enjoyed watching him bloom this spring! 

Rocky has been welcoming two special volunteers into his home every Thursday and Friday for an afternoon walk. These visits have turned into his weekly highlights. Rocky has even been taken on a few field trips to this family’s home and is turning into an excellent gardening partner.

Rocky 18-007
Rocky 18-007

Rocky especially loves running freely in their big, fenced-in yard and always enjoys a refreshing dip in the kiddy pool. He keeps telling us how he’d love a bigger yard at his forever home!

Rocky has been excelling at his Canine Coach class every Monday evening. He has been working hard learning patience, staying calm, and listening to directions alongside five other dogs. Rocky’s tendencies to pull, lunge, or bark at another dog or critter have dramatically decreased.

Rocky just loves walking in his neighborhood to show off all of his new skills. At last night's class, one of the student dogs (a Pug) got loose from their leash and jumped and barked in Rocky's face. Rocky did not act out or bark once; instead, he turned to his fosters for direction. We were so proud of our little fur-buddy!

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Rocky’s also been enjoying weekend adventures to a variety of MN cities to explore the outdoors and hike in the woods. He was an excellent course marshal at his foster dad's race in the cities and did not bark once at the runners cruising past him.

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This past weekend, Rocky joined his fosters on a cabin trip to Nevis, MN. He did great respecting the furniture and tolerated a thunderstorm with ease. Rocky’s favorite part of the weekend was swimming, fetching sticks, special treats, and lounging on the dock.

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As much as Rocky loves adventures, he truly loves his routines and pleasing his humans. He has a huge heart and cannot wait to share it with his forever family!

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Rocky celebrated his third birthday surrounded by RAGOM family and friends! He was extremely spoiled with presents and treats; he definitely ate well his entire birthday week. Rocky is one popular boy who has won over the hearts of many RAGOM volunteers!

We are learning what spring fever looks like for Rocky; he’s estactic to be outside and loves to play or lay in the park with a nice dirty stick! Although he’s not much of a retriever, he’ll entertain his foster mom or foster dad for a short period as they toss a stick around. Rocky seems to get hot quickly, so we’re sure he’ll love getting into any of our 10,000 lakes when the weather warms up. 

Sunbathing at the park
Sunbathing at the park
So happy to be out in the warm weather
So happy to be out in the warm weather

Rocky’s foster home is in a neighborhood with many other dogs, which has been a bit challenging at times (he gets overly excited and sometimes vocal at the sight of these furry friends). However, with the help of the Gentle Leader and a pouch full of treats, he is making great strides and learning to respect other dogs in their yards and on walks with their humans.

Sporting the trusted Gentle Leader
Sporting the trusted Gentle Leader

Rocky continues to do great in our household, largely because of ongoing management and training sessions. Rocky loves special treats and therefore continues to be an eager learner.

Currently, we are working on calming techniques, controlling his barking tendencies, and learning “place." Rocky gets very excited and jumpy with visiting friends, but lacks the social cues of personal space and dress clothes. By learning "place," we hope Rocky can feel safe and comfortable, and calmly enjoy a special Kong or treat while friends and family first settle into our home.

Learning "place" on the blue blanket
Learning "place" on the blue blanket

Rocky loves his RAGOM family, but he’s ready for his forever family to adopt him and love him up! Rocky is an incredible dog, one not to pass on!

Happy Rocky
Happy Rocky

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Rocky isn't quite ready to let go of winter... He continues to think he's the king of Northeast Minneapolis! 

Rocky loves to perch himself on top of his snow mound in order to monitor the neighborhood, get busy with a stick project, or wiggle his face against it after a long walk with the Gentle Leader. It's Rocky's love for the snow that makes us not even worried about a little April snowstorm! 

Snow King
Snow King
The stick project
The stick project

Bet you wish you had a fluffy, furry friend to cuddle up with and keep you warm over the next few days.

Snuggle time
Snuggle time

Monday, March 18, 2019

It's been an exciting couple of weeks for team Rocky.

Rocky has successfully worked through all of the counterconditioning steps outlined in the book Mine! by Jean Donaldson, with a lathered peanut butter jar. Rocky easily surrendered the peanut butter jar after spontaneous placements throughout the house, which is a huge feat, and we are so proud of his progress. Rocky is very food-motivated and loves ham!

In addition, Rocky breezed through the last month without any resource guarding of his treat toys or food dispensers. Counter-surfing was at a minimum. Rocky even earned the privilege of having his Kong in his kennel for short periods (3-4 hrs) without any issues.

Rocky and his Saturn
Rocky and his Saturn

Rocky has always had high regards for his yellow food scoop, but recently, he's shown significant self-control between feeding intervals. Rocky no longer jumps up to obtain the contents inside, but simply waits patiently next to the scoop with focused eyes. What a good boy!

Must. Wait. Patiently.
Must. Wait. Patiently.

Rocky is such a smarty; with continued training, repetition, and time, he will surely make one well-mannered dog!

Monday, March 4, 2019

Rocky loves bounding through the deep snow, chewing on frozen sticks, and eating snowballs. He hesitates when putting on the winter booties, but who wouldn’t? Once they’re on, it’s cruise time for this four-legged buddy!

Booties are on. Let's go!
Booties are on. Let's go!
Hippity-hopping through the snow.
Hippity-hopping through the snow.
What's better than a stick? A frozen one!
What's better than a stick? A frozen one!

Rocky will be sure to keep you active even during the winter months. He’s a tough pup and loves walks in all temps!

I'm always up for an adventure, even in this frigid Minnesota cold.
I'm always up for an adventure, even in this frigid Minnesota cold.

After all the exhausting playtime, Rocky finds himself the best seat in the house and basks in the sun as he dozes off. Who could resist this adorable golden?!

My tennis ball and I are resting up for our next adventure.
My tennis ball and I are resting up for our next adventure.
I hope there's a nice chair like this for me in my forever home.
I hope there's a nice chair like this for me in my forever home.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Rocky is house and kennel trained and thrives with a consistent routine and environment. He is kenneled during his foster parents’ workday and does fine, but would love a forever home that wouldn’t leave him alone for more than four hours.

Rocky does not like being away from his people or at boarding, so it would be best if the people in his forever home do not travel frequently. Rocky loves local adventures and will eagerly jump into the car with you every time! 

An energetic dog such as Rocky thrives in an active home that is dedicated to daily walking and playtime. He is currently given two walks daily, each approximately 30 minutes to an hour. On weekends, he often gets more.

If you are a jogger, hiker, or cross-country skier, Rocky will fit into your exercise plan very well. Last fall, he camped on the North Shore of Minnesota with his fosters; he loved the hiking and tolerated the tent sleeping.  

A great hiking buddy
A great hiking buddy

Rocky is very sensitive and needs the contact of his people. He is permitted on furniture in his foster home and would love to be in a forever home that will allow him to sit next to his people in the evening and cuddle. His ideal forever home will provide lots of time together at home. He does not enjoy large gatherings or outings to dog-friendly businesses as it can make him quite anxious. 

Enjoying an evening snuggle
Enjoying an evening snuggle

Lastly, Rocky needs experienced dog owners in his forever home. A very loving family surrendered him to RAGOM due to his tendencies to resource-guard and counter-surf. His fosters have been working with a professional trainer to learn how to manage his taking and eating of unsuitable objects.

Rocky is learning to trade, but it is, and will continue to be, a work in progress. His resource guarding can be managed, but may always be part of his personality.

Rocky must be adopted into a home that is clean and orderly and without children or other dogs. He should not be allowed in the kitchen or dining room during cooking or eating times. Non-food items need to be kept picked up as well: socks, undergarments, hand towels, etc.

When Rocky has dog toys, he needs to be allowed to play with them undisturbed. Again, his resource guarding is definitely manageable, but will require daily attention and effort.

Rocky is so loveable, his foster family knows he is worth the extra effort! 

Adopt Me: If you think Rocky would be a good fit in your home, please review our adoption process. If you have already submitted an Inquiry for Application, email application@ragom.org with Rocky's name, RAGOM number (18-007), the name you submitted under, and a sentence or two explaining why you feel your home would be a good match.