LURCH-17-046 | M | 2 YRS
LURCH-17-046 | M | 2 YRS
Breed: Golden Retriever
Age: 2 years
Weight: 79 lbs
Medical/Other Notes: None
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Lurch was found as a stray and turned over to a local animal shelter. The shelter was a scary place for him while he was there. He is starting to relax in his foster home and already seems happier. We will know more about Lurch once his foster family gets to know him better.
Lurch is a sweet and playful big boy. He was very skittish when I first met him; however, he soon opened his heart and settled in well at our home. Lurch is house-broken and we are impressed with his house manners. There has been no accident, no counter-surfing, no chewing on shoes etc. He has been crated when no one is home but he has been sleeping in our bedroom at night since he was trusted. He sleeps throughout the night and he does not get up until someone wakes up.
It has been a month and a half now since we started fostering him. For the first couple of weeks, a crate was Lurch’s favorite place. He used to like to go to his crate when he got nervous or afraid of something. Lurch was not interested in food, treats, toys, car rides or anything. Walking on a leash was okay as long as he did not encounter people or barking dogs. Also, he hesitated to eat when people were around.
We had a former foster staying with us for several days when her family is out of town. He just needed a day until he became good friends with her. They played together, slept together and walked together. He seems to be good with other dogs if they are friendly.
Lurch has made great improvements since he came to us. He is now a very playful puppy! He enjoys running in the backyard and playing fetch every morning. He likes to chase rabbits, too but he does not want to stay in the yard by himself. He gets excited at his meal time and he will finish his food quickly. He does not mind now if someone is walking by when he is eating. He loves any kinds of treats, and chew bones are probably his favorite. He enjoys his daily walks and gets excited when I grab his leash. He walks well on a leash; however, he will need to brush up his leash manner so he does not pull when he sees a rabbit. Although he was afraid of getting in a car before and he needed help to get in, he now loves car rides and he can get in and out of the car by himself.
He has also found that toys are fun to play with. So far, his favorites include Kong, ropes and squeaky tennis balls. He loves to snuggle with us on the couch and he likes belly rubs, too. He would like to follow me everywhere in a house.
Lurch has learned some commands. He can ‘Sit’ and ‘Down’ with a command. He knows ‘Off’ to release a tennis ball in his mouth and he understands what ‘No’ means as well.
Lurch is getting much better but he is still scared of new people. Once he gets to know you and he is comfortable, he is fine. He is very afraid of visitors at home. He is not comfortable with strangers approaching him to pet. Lurch continues to work on these issues. We are having a trainer help with his fears and hope that Lurch will be ready for adoption soon.
Lurch is still working on learning to trust new people. He loves his foster family, but is very wary of new people who try to interact with him. He is not quite ready for adoption yet. He will need more time in his foster home to work on some socialization and get more comfortable with new people and places. We will update as he progresses.