Titan came from a home where he competed with a very young child & what the owner called the “good” dog. We believe that he was banished to the backyard & ignored. There was much back & forth as to whether the relinquishment was going to happen. According to the owner, Titan had behavioral issues; bolting, digging in the yard & then when actually allowed in the house, he acted out & pooped all over. We have all heard the saying ‘any attention is better than no attention’, right? Apparently, Titan would leave his “deposits” in the house to get his owners undivided attention, which worked… a little too roughly.
Regardless of his negative behavior, it was a hard decision for the owner to let him go, but then a phone call came asking to come get him asap as he just defecated all over the living room, it was the last straw. When I picked him up, he was fearful & shaking terribly, (& very stinky with a skin infection) owner said it was because she had just yelled at him.
So off he went to a loving caring foster home. He arrived very timid & unsure of his new surroundings. It took a few days for him to feel comfortable enough to eat inside the house & not be afraid of the fosters movements. Titan was showered with love & patience (along with shampoo) needed mats cut out of his fur & played fetch with the fosters & himself. He loves his toys – he has a toy or tennis ball in his mouth 90% of the time & is always ready for a quick game of fetch. He lets you know he’s done playing by doing what the foster calls his “Dorothy Dance” (turns in 3 circles, then lays down). He also enjoys entertaining himself by kicking/tossing ball, it is humorous to watch.
Titan is loving & kind & completely housebroken; he has even learned to use the doggie door. Never once has he had an accident in the house, never once has Titan been anything other than a great, well-behaved dog, no counter surfing, no resource guarding of food or toys, no digging nor bolting, he actually came right back when getting out of the yard once. He even gets along with the resident cat, although the cat feels otherwise & keeps her distance. We suggest a dog savvy cat, one that will NOT run, as that becomes a game that never grows old & will spur his prey drive.
Titan likes to be with you in your area, not necessarily a Velcro dog unless he’s ready for a meal or a walk; he knows his schedule and appreciates you accommodating him. If you are watching TV or reading a book, he will join you & let you love on him all day long.
Titan would love to sleep on the bed with you (at the foot) if you’d let him but he will go to his own bed in the bedroom when you want the bed to yourself.
Titan has moderate energy but it was obvious to the fosters that he had not been walked very much as his endurance is only about 20-25 minutes at a good pace. He is an excellent walker, but he likes to do the usual sniffing & exploring while on his walks. He puts the leash in his mouth while waiting for his EZ Walk Harness to be put on. Titan does have a high prey drive & if he sees squirrels or birds, his ‘bulldozer pull’ turns on & you must Hold On!! Titan is fearful/anxious of new environments & some people, especially the vet’s office, so awareness & calm compassion is needed. He does not act out aggressively, he just stresses out & paces. The vet was so gentle with him & he does fine with examinations & vaccines, but has high anxiety just being there. As mentioned, he walks great on the leash, but is bulldozer strong when scared or determined. When exiting the vet, if I had been wearing skis, we’d been in AZ before I knew what happened. He’ll need someone who is strong & willing to work on that.
Titan is a polite eater & drinker who waits patiently for his food & will take treats very gently. He is slowly losing weight & its suggested he should lose another 10 lbs. (currently 81 lbs.) Titan knows Sit, Go Lay down, Bring the ball & does Come when you call his name. Did we mention that he is the BEST car passenger ever? Jumps in & lays down for the ride, no need to be cleaning slobber off the car windows with him.
While in foster, he has not been around other dogs much, except on his daily walks. We think he would be fine with another larger, calm dog, that likes to play nicely but not an alpha dominant one. He doesn’t pay much attention to dogs on walks unless they’re the little ankle biters and they start yapping & lunging in his direction, then he’ll give a nice loud series of barks. Yes, Titan has an amazing bark-loud & clear – he will alert you when someone is coming to the door of if you’re gone & he hears noises. Good idea to leave music or TV playing when you’re gone so he doesn’t bark at every little noise he hears, as he is on alert keeping the home safe until you return. When returning home to him, he will greet you enthusiastically with a toy in his mouth & “love” whimpers when you acknowledge him with pets & hugs. He has never been crated, nor needs to be. He has been left alone for a few hours with no sepation anxiety issues. He does not want to be by himself for very long, as he has spent way too much time alone in the past.
Titan likes to be both indoors & outdoors, so a small yard would be fine.
He can be very timid, somewhat shy & fearful so he will need a few days to decompress & have some space to warm up & feel comfortable. He is also fearful of loud noises or quick movements. He did amazing with the Treat or Treaters that toured the neighborhood. The fosters were out front with him & he enjoyed getting pet by every age of child, even the ones smaller than him, Foster Mom said it was very sweet to see.
Titan is a very smart dog & would probably enjoy some kind of activity or dog agility training. Because he does like to always have something in his mouth, you need to keep an eye on him in the yard so he doesn’t eat wood chips, leaves, etc. That also goes for inside the house too; Kleenex, paper towels, slippers, etc. Keep his toys handy to redirect his attention. He has been to a restaurant for an outdoor dining experience and did very well since he had a toy and some treats to occupy him. He also frequents the local coffee bar, where they give him a fresh bowl of water as he waits patiently for his foster Mom’s order to be filled. He likes to be close to his person in a public dining venue because sudden noises or movements make him a bit nervous in a new environment.
Titan arrived with a severe skin infection which has vastly improved & is now under control. He needs to be bathed at least every 5 days as we are still figuring out if he’s an “allergy” dog. He’s slow to get ready for bath time but loves the full body massage that goes with it. He is on a daily probiotic & a good quality lamb & fish protein food.
Titan is a “just turned 7-year-old” sugar faced sweet boy that has lived with both another young Golden & an infant that is now a 4-year-old child, but he is very big & strong so we feel children over the age of 4 would be best to avoid body bumps. We are looking for an “only” dog home, not due to a negative interaction with other dogs – he would probably benefit from occasional play dates with nice dogs. (He actually remained calm when an off leash pug charged him & ran up to his face barking, Titan did tug on his harness though, so hold on.) It’s just because he was neglected in his previous home that favored another dog.
We want him to be able to absorb all the love & attention that he is due.
HE is now the “Good Dog”
My Ideal Home
From the Foster Mom:
I believe Titan was given love & attention along with good basic training in his early years & then when another dog & a baby were added to the home, he was forgotten & craved attention, which he didn’t get. It showed in his behavioral issues & a negative cycle began. He has not had ANY negative issues with us. All he needed was love & attention & he is truly a smart, wonderful, well behaved, snuggle bunny, kind dog.
The very, very best quality of Titan is how much he lets you love on him! Kisses to his face, hugs, hugs & more hugs, and full body rubdowns. If you have lots of love & time to give, Titan is your Golden Guy!
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Titan is currently residing in San Diego. If you’ve completed your home interview and believe you are a good fit to provide a forever home for Titan, please reach out to his rep at: GOLDENPAWS43@COX.NET