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Old 01-02-2013, 05:30 PM
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Hello all,

Sadly, my first post on your wonderful forum is a bit of an unfortunate one!

I'll soon be looking for a new home for my mother's 2 year old Golden Retriever. I've just sent off an email to his breeder, and I'm hoping to hear back from her soon, but in the mean while, I was hoping to get some advice from any rescuers out there.

Without getting into the situation in detail, I need to know what rescues assess for when they are placing a dog. What kind of home assessment is done? What kind of families are considered?

My mom purchased this dog on a bit of a (emotional) whim and I knew at the time that it was a bad idea, but she swore up and down that she would do what it took to take care of him properly. Long story short, she now has a 2 year old, unaltered, poorly trained, dog-aggressive, adult GR that she cannot handle.

Also, the reason *I* am posting here, is because the dog is currently with me (for a couple of reasons, that I don't really need to get into at the moment), but he can't stay here for a variety of reasons, but being here short term (hopefully until I can find him a home), is better then where he was.

I know that this dog will need a lot of work. He understands the basics, and is VERY praise driven, but loses concentration easily. Also, my mom's husband has been quite heavy handed with him as far as "corrections" go, so he's not used to doing something for the joy of pleasing his human.

I'm hoping for the best situation and that the breeder has a plan, but I'd like to have a plan B for him. He really is a very sweet dog, and I only want the best for him.

Much appreciation for any help/tips.

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Old 01-02-2013, 05:35 PM
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Matt, I commend you for stepping in on the dog's behalf, and also for contacting the breeder. Maybe you could network with a few dog trainers in your area who teach classes, explain your dilema, and they will know of someone looking for either a golden or a project dog?
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This is a great rescue: WELCOME to Golden Rescue

They would be happy to help you
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It does sound like he needs someone looking for a challenge. I hope he finds a great home.
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Krys,

Thank you for suggesting the rescue. I had looked up their information, but wasn't sure about contacting them, as I'm not actually looking to give him up to rescue just yet until I hear back from his breeder. Also, I'd hate to surrender him to rescue, knowing that they have their hands so full of other dogs and I'm willing to keep him for a while until something better happens.

I emailed the rescue and they've already gotten back to me.

We're trying to arrange a time to speak over the phone about Lochlann a little more in detail!

Thanks again!
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Karen,

I'm certain the rescue would do a wonderful job.
If I don't hear from the breeder, I'm hoping the rescue will post Lochlann on their site for me as a favour and help me sift through potential homes!
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Krys,

Thank you for suggesting the rescue. I had looked up their information, but wasn't sure about contacting them, as I'm not actually looking to give him up to rescue just yet until I hear back from his breeder. Also, I'd hate to surrender him to rescue, knowing that they have their hands so full of other dogs and I'm willing to keep him for a while until something better happens.

I emailed the rescue and they've already gotten back to me.

We're trying to arrange a time to speak over the phone about Lochlann a little more in detail!

Thanks again!
It sounds like you are really trying to make things work. I think that is great! I wish you the best of luck with working him.

Please know that Golden Rescue is happy to talk to you about your situation and even recommend trainers and behaviour specialist in your area. If you need them to assist you with rehoming your Golden they are a great bunch of people who are very kind and would find the perfect home for him.

Keep us posted on your progress
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Thanks for doing right by this pup. Many people come onto GRF looking for a dog, so you might just hear from someone on here as well. Good luck!
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I just spoke with a very nice woman from Golden Rescue.

We had a great conversation about Lochlann and his current situation.

I've decided that I'll give his breeder over the weekend to respond to my email. If I don't hear back from her, I'm calling her on Monday. If she doesn't want him back, Golden Rescue has said they are more then happy to do an intake with him, properly assess him, vet him and find him a home.

I have a huge sense of relief!

I promise to keep you updated.
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