BALLINGER-16-001 | M | 1 - 2 YEARS
BALLINGER-16-001 | M | 1 - 2 YEARS
Breed: Golden Retriever
Age: 1 to 2 years
Medical/Other Notes: None
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Ballinger came to GRRNT from a local animal shelter. He was neutered this week, and is settling into his foster home. We will have more information on him soon.
Ballinger is a very sweet and handsome boy! He was neutered on January 6th and recovered from the surgery very well. He has been in his foster home for 3 week. He was quite nervous, timid and skittish at first. When he first arrived home he found a couple of places he liked in the house where he felt safe, and he just wanted to stay there throughout the day. If he was taken out in the backyard, he would take care of his business immediately and come back in right away. He did not enjoy being outside, and we’ve also found he is an escape artist and not a big fan of the crate at all. He did not show any interest in any kinds of toys his foster family showed him.
However, Ballinger has made tremendous progress over the last week or so and we are happy to see a lot of changes in him. He is becoming a lot more confident. Initially he seemed very calm for his age, but he is starting to be more active. He still likes to take a nap at his favorite spot, but he is no longer staying there all day long. He follows his foster family in the house, and stays near where they are, which he didn't do before. At first on walks he looked very nervous and wanted to stop every few steps and laid down, then he just wanted to go back home. His foster family has continued taking him for a walk everyday even if it is a short distance, and he is getting used to it little by little. Now Ballinger enjoys his daily walks! He walks well on leash and does not pull. He loves to go walking on the trail, but still does not like walking in a neighborhood much where there are cars passing. Cars are still a little scary for him when they drive by. He does better walking during a quiet time when few cars are passing.
Ballinger is house trained and good with other dogs and cats. He does not jump up on people and he is very gentle. He is not a barker. He is not interested in counter-surfing or getting up on furniture. He is also trusted free in a house when no one is home, and he is well behaved.
Ballinger's ideal forever home would be a quiet family with someone home a lot especially during the time he will need to adjust to a new environment. He is a bit shy and sometimes gets nervous with loud noise. He would like his new family to be patient with him as he builds more confidence. He would also enjoy having a companion dog to play with. He doesn't know basic commands such as sit, down, etc. He is working on them now, but he will need someone to take the time to teach him new things. A training class would be really beneficial for his education as well as his socialization. Lots of positive experiences in new places will go a long way toward building his confidence.
Ballinger will be your best friend, all he is looking for is love, attention, and a family that will help him thrive in his new forever home.
Foster mom is so impressed with Ballingers improvements. He is no longer scared of cars passing by during the walk. He now enjoys walking in a neighborhood, too. Also, he is overcoming his fear of car rides and he can stay calm in the back seat. Some new fun activities he found are belly rubs, laying in the sun, playing with Kong and collecting toys in a bedroom.
Ballinger is making his debut at the meet & greet adoption event on 2/13. Come meet him!