Meet Bria, a sweet, cuddly, active, bouncy~ yet can be gentle ~almost 2-year old Golden Retriever. Although she received some training in her 1st home, she was surrendered because her energy level & jumping was too much for an elderly family member that moved in. She requires a fair amount of activity & lives for attention & pets. She is housebroken & starts to get a little antsy & may bark to let you know she needs to go outside. She has never been crated, nor needs to be so we suggest that crating is not in her future. She is treat motivated and knows no, sit, shake, wait and lay down for a treat. She will come when called by her name but if she’s a little distracted a quick whistle & her name will have her running back to you. She is still learning the “come” command.
Bria is energetic in the mornings and at night & loves to go on adventures with her family – long walks around town, trips to the coffee shop or restaurants (especially ones with doggie menus), on-leash dog beach (Cardiff state beach is her favorite), and trips to Petco. She does great in the car, hopping right in and smiling out the window wondering what adventure she’s going on next.
She is still learning her leash manners – occasionally pulling and zig zagging in front of you (usually in an effort to chase squirrels or birds). The fosters are currently using an Easy Walk harness that helps control her pulling, but continued training is necessary. She loves to meet new friends on walks (both people and dogs), but sometimes she gets too excited and likes to jump up & does twirls. She calms down when asked to get down or with a distraction of changing directions or crossing the street.
Bria is not a counter surfer but she is an accomplished “Golden Eye Beauty” that uses those adoring eyes to ‘ask’ for a little taste of what you are eating.
Bria also loves the water – her foster family set up a doggie pool and she played for hours – doing zoomies & running in and out of the doggie pool, fetching toys and splashing around! She would probably love an in ground pool, with proper introduction of course. See video below
Bria is very social and loves all dogs! She loves to play a good game of chase. She does jump up when she gets excited, so its best to take her for a walk before introducing her to smaller dogs or any new “confined” areas such as a home, store, etc. to get some energy out. Bria also does great in her foster home with two cats. She respects their boundaries and doesn’t get in their face. There is no sign of resource guarding & she will allow food or toys to be taken from her by her humans and will even walk away from her food if one of the cats walks by. The current fosters have a contained cat box, but the previous owners stated that she liked to “raid” the cat box.
Bria does occasionally bark – usually when people are walking by the house or she hears something outside. It is usually just one or two barks to let you know something is going on then she calms back down with some cuddles.
Bria is very cuddly and loves to be wherever her family is. When left alone, she does not do anything destructive, she simply lays on her bed and takes a nap waiting to greet you with the happiest puppy smiles and wagging tail. She doesn’t have any destructive behaviors, but she will pull the squeaker out of “stuffie toys”. She is best with the tougher toys that have squeakers. Playing Fetch is sometimes on her terms unless you have 2 balls to keep her interested, if not, 1 ball can turn into the game of “keep away”
A day in the life of Bria as told by fosters:
Bria loves to start her morning with cuddles in bed before getting up for a nice long morning walk, followed by breakfast then sleeping on mom’s feet while she works from home. If it’s not too warm out we sometimes squeeze in an extra walk between meetings to go to our favorite coffee shop, where Bria has made many friends (dogs and people) and loves her puppochino!
In the afternoons, it’s back to work and snuggling up for a nap under the desk or on the back patio, wherever mom is working she is happy to just be together! Once it cools off in the afternoon, we go for our second walk of the day to get some night time energy out, followed by dinner and lots of cuddles on the couch.
At night, she likes to be in the same room as her people, but prefers to sleep under the bed, until she’s called up in the morning for cuddle time to start the day all over again!
My Ideal Home
Bria would do best in a home where her family is with her most of the day or able to take her with them most of the time. She loves and lives for human interaction. She absolutely loves her cuddle time, and will curl up & spoon with you!
Her family will also need to be relatively active, as Bria likes to start and end her day with nice long walks, or she needs a yard to get her zoomies out!
While her current foster family does not have other dogs, we think Bria would do well with or without other dog companions. Her focus has been on her people but she has done well meeting other dogs and loves a good game of chase with her doggy friends, but doesn’t care to be humped & will let the dog know with a little lip raising.
Given Bria’s energy level and tendency to jump up when excited, we would recommend she go to a home with children over the age of 10. While she loves everyone she meets, she sometimes just gets too excited and is very exuberant!
Want to Adopt me?
At this time we have removed Bria’s Rep email because we have over 50 emails requesting to adopt her and we are confident that once we have read them all and pulled their IHI volunteer feed back, we will have several great potential home for Bria.