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post #21 of 65 (permalink) Old 12-03-2012, 04:41 PM
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As someone else has said, Goldens are puppy goofy for most of their life!! He was just so excited to go somewhere new. Next time, keep him on the leash inside the house. As we were told, you have to treat any new dog as if it were a puppy until they know your rules.

The first adult Golden mix we rehomed for someone, they, too, had a busy life with kids and felt sorry for the girl being alone for so long. We felt bad taking the dog from the kids (they were crying as we drove away) but it spent more time in its crate than it did interacting with the kids so it was the best thing for the dog. She did fine and of course LOVED all the attention from a no-kid home.

Give it another try, and I admire you for thinking about a non-puppy. Don't always know what you're getting as far as health but all three of mine have been adult dogs and have adopted extremely well to their new environment. You won't be sorry.

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Puppy dog (Trails--he was named after their daughter's beanie baby :/) will be coming to stay with us for at least the weekend. I am having them bring the dog before the sun sets so I can play fetch with him for a while and take him on a walk. I will then sequester the cats in a room inside until Trails calms down and I can slowly introduce the kitties. Attack Kitty is fine with him as long as Trails doesn't go bonkers. Whenever Trails went nuts, our kitty sprinted at him to attack from across the room. He really doesn't like crazy puppy.

So now I have a few more questions. I read through a lot of threads in the food and nutrition forum, but wanted to ask some questions specific to my situation. I hope it is not out of line to ask here.

He currently is fed Ol' Roy dogfood from Walmart, which makes my stomach turn. He is fed once a day in the evenings, and given a raw egg every other day because their breeder told them to. He also gets a bit of whatever meat they are having for dinner that night. Should I continue to feed him their stuff, or should I start transitioning him? I know it isn't good to change foods too rapidly, but ugh. I hate the thought of feeding him that crud. Should I wait for any dietary changes until we take him to keep? Is there something I can supplement with while I feed him the Crud?
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For the weekend, I wouldn't do a new or different food. You don't want a sick dog for a houseguest. If you do decide to keep him, transition gradually, 1/4 serving at a time. i.e. first 3/4 original, 1/4 new, then 1/2 and 1/2, then 1/4-3/4, then all new. Chances are the transition will go smoothly, but for a weekend, when he'll already be excited and uncertain, keeping things as normal as possible is a good idea.

Given the quality of the food they're feeding him, did you get reasonable answers about vet care? Is he up to date on shots, etc.?
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Given the quality of the food they're feeding him, did you get reasonable answers about vet care? Is he up to date on shots, etc.?
I emailed him and am still waiting back for an answer. They are a very sweet family, I think they are honestly just quite ignorant when it comes to pet care. The sort that wanted a sweet dog but didn't really think about what goes along with it. I am all the more determined now to try to give this guy a home because I want to improve things for him a bit. He is really overweight, and I don't think he gets walked. So he can't really feel particularly well, even if he is loved. His coat was kind of icky and he's shaped like a barrel, but he is beautiful. He has a super sweet temperament. I think he could really be a rockstar if he got a little better food and exercise.
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So sad to hear he isn't walked in his current situation! I saw that in your first post and thought it was crazy and that I must have misread since it sounded like they never walked him. I hope your trial weekend goes well. Sounds like if you feel he's the right dog for you, he'll be going to a wonderful home!
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Wait until you have made the decision to change foods. Then run, don't walk to a better food, and in his case that would be just about anything. LOL

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I would also change his feeding schedule to twice a day. On a high quality food, he probably will only need about 1 cup in the morning and 1 in the evening, if he is a normal sized GR.

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I hope this trial weekend gives you a better idea of Trails will be a good fit for your husband and you. He sounds like a very delightful dog IMO- he's good with kids,doesn't chase prey, is friendly, loves people and is crate trained. He just needs a little training and some way to release his inner puppy through exercise. If you decide to keep him you will probably gain a wonderful new family member, but if you decide he isn't for you, I second the suggestion you give the family information about a golden rescue. He sounds like one of those dogs potential adopters dream about!
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Since his vet care may have not been the best, I would get a heartworm test just to make sure you aren't getting a huge problem. Can you take him to the vet when you have him over the weekend? I don't know how long the test results take to get back.
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Your first post puts me in mind of my son and DIL's first golden. Sad to say, they were totally unprepared for the realities of doggie care and we were often asked to care for the dog while they went away, and sometimes, just to give them a break. So we would sometimes have their dog for a week at a time. It usually took about three days for him to realize that there was a routine to our days and to settle down.
So don't let first impressions be your guide.
You sound like caring ,responsible people.

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