NIKO-16-064 | M | 1 YEAR
NIKO-16-064 | M | 1 YEAR
Breed: Golden Retriever
Age: 1 Year
Weight: 65.5 lbs
- Has "cherry eye", will need surgery to repair
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Niko is a very nice, happy, affectionate, 1 year boy, who was an owner surrender to GRRNT due to a change in circumstances. He is just settling into his foster home, and we will have information on him after his foster family gets to know him better.
Niko is a leggy young boy who is very eager to please. He rides nicely in the car, does not bark, is house trained and has adapted very quickly to his foster home. He gets on well with all three of his foster brothers and loves playing with the other one year old pup in the house. He definitely enjoys being with other dogs! His favorite place to be is right at your feet and he curls up under the computer desk while you are working. He is very careful not to intrude on your space but likes to be close to his people.
Niko sleeps in a crate at night since he is still learning the rules of his foster home. Initially, he resisted going into the crate but goes in quite easily now. He gets lots of cuddles and treats in his crate and has decided it is not as scary as he thought. He whined a bit when first crated but now he settles down nicely for the night. Niko is definitely house trained and has had no accidents indoors. He has learned to use the dog door and is curious about the dogs next door but does not bark at them. He is a highly trainable dog since all you need to do is tell him ‘no’ a few times for him to pick up on what he should not do. Initially, he was interested in the trash can and the kitchen counters. He counter surfed once and the loud reaction from all the humans in the house made it pretty clear to him that counter food was taboo! He has not tried either food source again. He was also toy possessive in the beginning but correcting that a couple of times has him sharing his toys nicely now. He is not very enthusiastic about baths but stood patiently for one and really, really enjoyed being brushed. He loves chasing tennis balls and destroying them. We are working on him actually bringing the ball back to have it thrown again.
Niko walks nicely on a leash and knows to look to his human for direction. He knows the ‘sit’ command and will sit and wait patiently for his treat. He used to stand up on his hind legs when he wanted something but we are discouraging that and he is responding nicely. He loves meeting new people and has had excellent manners when we have had large groups of people visiting. He does not beg at the dinner table and responds very quickly when called. If we did not already have three fur babies, Niko would be impossible to part with. He really is the ideal Golden companion for any family!
Niko has been with us for two weeks now. He goes into his crate easily at night and is very calm about it. He sits patiently at meal times and knows to eat only from his own dish. He knows the commands ‘sit’ and ‘come’ but still finds ‘down’ and ‘stay’ a bit confusing. He knows how to use the dog door with ease but has had a few accidents since he does not know how to tell his humans that he needs to go out on cold days when the door is locked. He also thought smelly gym shoes were fair game since he brought one over to his foster mom, flopped down and started to chew it to bits! A really surprised verbal correction had him dropping the shoe at once. He has not touched a shoe since then but we are also being very careful to keep them out of his way. He does find food on the counters and table tempting and we have been working on that.
Niko will likely do best in a home with another young dog that likes to play. Like any young dog, he has a lot of energy and loves to wrestle all day long. When he does not have the other dogs to play with, he does dig in the yard and will get himself into trouble. He does not roughhouse with the children in the house and is very gentle with humans. He does have a strong chew drive - which is normal at his age - but tries hard to direct it at his toys only. His owner will have to make it clear to him what is, and what is not, off limits.
The best thing about Niko is that he really wants to understand what he should and should not do to make his people happy. He should mature into a simply perfect golden companion.