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Advice for a rescue puppy

Hi everyone!

I'm just looking for advice and suggestions. We just got a golden puppy this past December, he is about 8 months old now. Before we got him ( his name is Tiberius), we put our name in at our state golden rescue organization. There were over 80 people on the waiting list, so I figured it would be long time before we would be matched with a dog. Well, about a week ago, I got an email from the rescue. They had a 10 month old puppy for us! Rescuing a dog has always been important to me, so we met up and the puppies got along beautifully. The rescue ( Penny) is with us now, and she is a sweetie! She has been with us for about 1 week today.

Any suggestions for me with Penny? She has a few "quirks" that we need to address. She is a total counter surfer, for one. The other bad habit she has is jumping up and putting her mouth on either our cheek or nose. Not a bite, but a tiny, soft nip. She also likes to take our forearm in her mouth when she's excited, or playing. She is starting to learn basic commands now, and she is smart! I know she will be fine, but I could just use a little advice on dealing with a rescue. Luckily, she's young, so I think it might be easier training her now, as opposed to her being a few year old with these quirks.
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Thank you sooo much for adopting a golden in need.You really did a great thing. It's been only a week. And most probably she has never enjoyed family life till now . So, she is going have to learn everything from "0" and she is still a puppy. A puppy which could not enjoy her most important initial puppy months with the security of a home. She must be happy but confused, excited and clumsy. No one taught her till now not to counter surf. And mouthing is normal because she is like a puppy of 8 weeks old. Everything new. This is her way of grabbing your attention. You shall be more firm with them than any other dog so that she forgets what she learned till now and you shall double praise them to gain their trust and understand when she does sth the right way.. It would be much easier if she was about 3-4 years old . At least she would be more calm and easier to focus. However, to make your life easier I would immediately consider getting training classes with someone specialized also in rescued dogs. She is a new piano which shall be tuned immediately. Let's say she is at the moment slightly "out of tune " ( desafinado) . Personally, I always love a bit " out of tune" dogs since I am not perfect myself I guess. However, I am also aware that American families look for the perfect behaving dogs and immediate training in your case is a must for which you can also consult the GR rescue. Bonne Chance and a soft nip on Penny's cheeks)
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By the way, this if for the "desafinado" Penny girl

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Congratulations on Penny, hope you'll share pictures with us.

I have adopted two Goldens at the age of 2. I would give her more time to adjust since she's only been with you for a week. Everything is new to her, her surroundings, you and your family, she doesn't know your routine yet nor does she know what is acceptable behavior. She is looking to you to teach her what is acceptable.


I would get her into some training classes as soon as you can, in the mean time you can continue working with her to sit when she jumps up and to not counter surf. You can also help her by making sure you have nothing on the counters that she can get into.

What kind of exercise is she getting? At 10 months, she has a lot of energy she needs to burn off..... swimming is great exercise, taking long walks and spending 30-45 minutes where she can run to burn off energy will be good for her.

Good luck!
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