Rufus came to live with us approximately three weeks ago. He was rescued from a commercial breeding facility at an auction. He is 4 1/2 years old and is really a sweet boy. He is coming along a lot quicker than I expected and has already learned so much from his pack in his foster home.
When Rufus first arrived, he had obviously never been groomed before. He has had a few baths since and currently needs multiple adults to help with that as he is very scared of the water. He grooms nicely with a comb and actually seems to really enjoy it.
Rufus does well with a kennel, patiently waiting while we are not at home. He has not destroyed his bed that we have put in there for him. He also eats his meals in the kennel as it makes him feel safer and less distracted.
Rufus has settled well into the pack. He would do best with a laid-back doggie partner. He needs one who will show him the ropes, but will also be willing to let Rufus come in for some extra snuggle time.
Rufus does have some resource guarding with new toys. If it is one he has not seen before, it is his. He will do anything to keep it as his. Once he has had the toy and become used to it, he no longer seems to guard it. With that in mind, I would not recommend Rufus be around young children. Teenagers would be fine, but not younger children.
Rufus is working hard on potty training. He was not trained at all when he first arrived. We have been taking him out frequently to compensate. He is learning to potty on command, but sometimes needs to see the other dog potty first to get the message across. When he is loose in the house, we have been using a belly band to prevent accidents.
We are working with Rufus to learn basic obedience. We have been working on two main commands: sit and off. He is doing pretty well considering the short amount of time he has been with us.
He is also learning to walk with us. On walks, we spend the first few blocks with him nearly tripping us as he wants to be so close, but he quickly settles in and walks so beautifully, loose leash on the left side. I wish my other resident dogs would walk as nicely as he does.
Rufus is now up to date on all his shots. He has been fully vetted and has already been neutered. He cooperates well with his vet and allows her to do whatever she needs to examine him.
I believe Rufus would do best in a home with a female human present. He has definitely shown a preference for females over males. He needs a family that will keep working with him and help him become the best Golden he can be.
Rufus isn't quite ready for adoption. He still has some learning to do and needs to finish his potty training. There are a few things I would like to continue to work on with him.