Little Chief is golden coloured, neutered 18 months years old male Golden Retriever.
He has been health checked by a vet and is micro-chipped.
He was surrendered to North Tipperary Pound then the wonderful Mo Chara
Rescue asked us to help.
His first fosterer, Sara noticed his skin needed conditioning and he had matts of fur
especially round his ears but, fortunately, he loved being brushed and combed. She
also noted he was very thin.
Marion and David, who were his second fosterers , also mentioned a few little knots
in his coat but, whilst getting him used to gentle grooming, they decided to wait
for his hair to grow a little more so any knots could be cut out with no danger to
him as he couldn’t sit still for very long.
They noticed what looked like a nip from another dog, probably whilst play fighting,
but weren’t worried as it wasn’t infected and was healing nicely.
Chief is just a typical under socialised, untrained pup that needs a little work then, in the
right hands, he will make a fantastic pet.
Sara said “Chief has a lovely temperament. He is reticent at new experiences initially but
soon accepts them with praise and rewards. He wants to learn and learns relatively quickly
with rewards and then praise . Once happy and secure, he can be very laid back”.
This once shy, nervous boy now can’t wait to show you how happy he is in your
company and just wants to be pals. He is quite exhuberant in his demonstration of affection.
Marion said “ This beautiful boy just does not have a bad bone in his body. He is eager
to please and seems to be more obedient outside than he is in. We think he needs an
older dog to keep him in line.
Still being a puppy, he does tend to get a bit over-excited when someone comes in the
room. But he is also a lovely, cuddly boy who likes to chill out on the sofa when he’s tired.
He is quite boisterous, but I have seen older dogs with much more over-excitement than
he shows. He does still display very puppy-like behaviour, mostly because he is so very
pleased to see you when you walk in the room and when he’s getting taken for a walk,
but I’m confident this is something he will grow out of “.
Sara said “Chief is generally very good for his age but needs to be introduced to a
wider range of experiences. He went to church and, once in, he settled down at my
feet and waited till I was ready to leave . He was approached by both men and
women and was fine letting them make a fuss of him. He seems to react to men
especially if they stand above him. When they are down at his height, he seems
more accepting of them. Hats sometimes concern him but he quickly accepts them
when told he is a good boy”.
Marion’s first thought were “He is simply a very lively puppy who is always delighted to
see you when you walk in a room but, being easily excitable, he jumps up. I think he
would be well suited to someone who is able to continue training him. He is very much
a blank canvas and there’s nothing that can’t be easily corrected”.
JUMPING UP: He had a tendancy to jump up a lot. If I had been out and come home
he was jumping up at me a lot but this subsided after about 4 minutes or so. He did the
same if I was out the room for any length of time.
Thankfully, the jumping up is subsiding. I now ignore him and turn my back when he
jumps up and this seems to make him calm down quicker.
TRAVEL: He is happy and content travelling in a vehicle. After collecting him, we put him
in the car and he travelled well even whilst we were delayed on the A14.
HOUSETRAINING: He is, now, house-trained. He marked a bit when he first got here
but is now in the same routine as the rest of the dogs in the house.
BASIC COMMANDS: He would score full marks for learning his basic commands but the
puppy in him gets the better of him sometimes and he just can’t help himself.
RESOURCE GUARDING: He has shown no evidence of resource guarding
SEPARATION ANXIETY: He shows no signs of separation anxiety
LEADWALKING and RECALL: He pulled on a slip lead but has been better on a head collar. He has not been tested on a harness
He would now score full marks for walking on lead except he does get very bouncy when
he realises he is going for a walk and also for the first few minutes when he is resisting
the face collar. Once this subsides, he is absolutely fine.
He walks extremely well off the lead, never strays too far and has a very good recall.
He hasn’t encountered any distractions when off-lead but we will try this when we are
next at the busier socialisation area. He is happy to walk in between us off lead while
we are walking other dogs on the lead.
ADULTS: He is quite friendly with some adults but can be wary and will bark at things he
hasn’t yet experienced.
He was very unsure when my neighbour came out of his house with his walking stick.
I’m sure it’s a case of he’s just never seen anything like this before. He barked, but sat
down and was quiet after a bit of persuasion and reassurance from me. He had the
same sort of reaction to a man digging his garden and to my neighbour who uses a
walking frame. He was fine with David and also the very tall man we met in
the dog socialisation area.
CHILDREN: He met and was fine with two 7 year-old girls, a 9 year-old boy and a
12 year-old boy. All these children live with dogs. As little is known about this boy and
he does have some insecurities, a home without young children would probably be best.
DOGS: Very early on, we took him to the old fenced off tennis courts which are
now used as a dog socialisation area. He happily played with the ball and interacted
well with Lola. Other dogs arrived in the adjoining court, so we walked round and
introduced them all. He was happy to play with dogs of all shapes and sizes. He
was, at one stage, being mounted by an intact Pug /French Bulldog cross and he
coped well but did, eventually, tell the dog off.
He has been to another enclosed area locally where he and Larkin were both off the lead
chasing balls. They had a great time and are happy to run about together off-lead.
He met a local puppy who is around 3 months old. The puppy, Leo, submitted to
Chief and he happily did the puppy play stuff with him whilst on his lead. When Leo’s
owner scooped him up in his arms, Chief launched himself towards Leo so I pulled him
back. This was NOT an aggressive move, there was no barking or growling, it was
simply puppy over-excitement. He has always been very friendly and hasn’t shown
any aggression to small dogs in my presence.
CATS: He has not been properly cat tested. Although he has been quite animated
when he has seen one in the street, he hasn’t barked.
LITTLE CHIEF’S DREAM HOME
This boy is best suited to a couple who have plenty of time to allow him to settle and
who would be happy to continue with his positive training. He would benefit from
having another dog who would help him adjust to his new life and who would be willing
to tolerate his play instigating and be happy to join in whilst also being prepared to
tell him off when needed.
Little Chief could be best suited to a home where the adopters were interested
in doing agility/canicross/flybass to burn off his energy as he is an intelligent active dog who really
does need a job.
He is an excellent blank canvas for a committed owner to turn into a faithful companion
and we believe whoever gets this dog will be very lucky indeed.
Little Chief is currently in foster in Wiltshire.