Hi. My name is Teddy. I am all puppy brain in an 60 lb frame although I know some of my commands. Yes – I am inclined to steal things I shouldn’t and can still be destructive – that’s the puppy in me! Heck, I’m only a year old!
Most of the time, I am a sweet and wiggly adolescent Golden. I love to meet new people, new dogs, play tug and chase and peekaboo around a tree. I get into things I shouldn’t if left unsupervised with free reign. I am super affectionate and kind of clingy. I ADORE other big dogs…the more the merrier! I have a prey drive so let’s avoid small critters. I could chase lizards and butterflies and birds and squirrels all day long. I do zoomies when I’m excited and love to chase toys but get distracted easily. I love water so much that I jump at the hose when you try to water your plants. I’m housetrained, crate trained, walk on leash and am actually a high energy dude when my brain takes a break. I love my walks usually 3 to 4 times a day that helps with my energy. Unless you have a pool that helps a lot.
Teddy is a 1 years old and is still very puppy. As he wasn’t well-socialized, he is not aware of his weight and size and will jump on you, walk through your legs from behind and makes lots of sudden moves and dives into your lap and on the couch. He can be mouthy, but is learning the word no and is redirectable. He craves attention and physical touch and wants to be your 60 pound lap dog. I do my absolute best when I get a regular structure that includes exercise, some training time, play time, snuggles (especially in the morning when I get up) and intermittent periods in a pen or crate or leashed at your side to “turn my brain off”. If you give me too much freedom or allow me on the furniture, I think the world belongs to me and I get a bit out of control. I need you to show me that you are the Alpha and that I am not. With time and patience, I will learn to be a better boy. Click on Video
I’m actually a quick learner as long as you follow the rules and use only positive “counter conditioning”. Here’s the deal…because I’ve made some poor choices in my previous homes, I need an adults-only home with experienced dog people. They say I have some resource guarding so it’s good to know what that means. If you take the time to get to know me and read my signals, I will be an amazing dog. My guarding is based on emotional insecurity so scolding me only makes me feel worse. Instead…slather me with high tolerance, kindness and treats and all that starts to melt away. Here is an example. I rip some bark off the tree and start to chew on it. I told you I’m a puppy! If you come towards me angrily, I will warn you that I am not going to give that up easily and stare at you, but if you walk up saying “what have you got there?”, toss a few treats my way and then call me to you for another treat….I’m will gladly give up the prize. Do that enough times and I could care less if you come near my stuff. But you will need to put in the work and a behaviorist would be an awesome help with your timing. And above all, we will need to build our relationship first.
If you give me time to know and trust you, I will be loving and affectionate. If we have mutual respect and heed my signals, we will be perfect for each other. If you have experience or are willing to follow the rules with some help from a professional, I will be the best dog ever!
My Ideal Home
Teddy requires an active, experienced, puppy-proofed, adults with maybe older kids. Other big dogs that want to wrestle or chase would be great – they just need to know to give him space if he decides to get grumpy.
A larger home with space for him to chill out on his own would be helpful, especially in the early days with you. A yard and maybe a pool would be helpful also but he should have adequate supervision there until he outgrows that puppy brain.
I do have a special diet that I need to follow, I don’t know what I ate when I was at my previous home but it has given me digestion/kidney problems and therefor I am now on a special dog food that is making me feel really good.