Meet Gus!

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Breed:Golden Retriever (purebred)
Age: 1 year
Weight: 62 lbs
Altered: Yes

Mr. Personality with a little bit of "bossy britches"...that's me Gus. My friends call me Gus Gus! Sweet, loving, energetic, athletic, goofy, happy-go-lucky, social butterfly who never meets a stranger. I'm that life of the party Golden who's ready for fun! My DOB is 4/20/20. I'm 1 year old Golden Retriever, likely with a field line in me, and weigh 62 pounds. And yes, I know I'm handsome!

I was surrendered to AGN because my family had five children, one with special needs. They didn't have time to invest in the training and exercise that I need. I needed someone with enough time and energy to commit to me as I'm an active older puppy. I'm still learning manners and impulse control. I'm having a blast with my foster family and now ready to start my life with my true forever family. I'm the total package so keep reading....

Personality Traits: I'm a sweetheart of a pup who is loving, happy, energetic, athletic and fun. Affectionate velcro shadow who craves attention. Super smart with major potential if training is maximized. Happy, excitable love bug who would excel with dog sports like agility, lure coursing, rally, etc. Social and friendly with everyone.

Status with People:I never meet a stranger and everyone is my friend! Love all people and children, but I'm too energetic for young children with my joyful exuberance. I'm happy, bouncy and jumpy (all part of being an older puppy).

Status with Dogs: Good with other dogs and love to play, play, play! I'm confidant and get a bossy with young dogs, but am more neutral and take cues from older dogs. Love to run, play, tug and wrestle with my furry foster siblings. I play hard and enjoy rough-housing. I have 3 Golden foster brothers and 1 Golden foster sister. Foster sister is older and in charge, but I like to be in charge of the fellas.

Status with Cats:I like to chase critters, so a cat is likely not a good idea for me. I have a prey drive.

Favorite Toys: I love toys, but can be a "stuffy murderer". Favorites are Kong Squeezz toys and stuffies for tough chewers (Go Dog, Huggle Hound, Tuff, etc.). Need to be supervised when playing with my toys in case I destroy one. I love to play ball! I run after the ball, bring it back to you and then it's a fun game to play keep-away from you :-) I also love a good stick to run around with and play tug with my dog friends.

Energy Level: Typical high energy older Golden puppy and in constant puppy motion. Very active and energetic outside with my furry foster siblings, but settle down for snuggles when tired. I get A LOT of exercise playing with my 1 year old furry foster brother. Without this high level of exercise and playtime, my energy level will increase.

House Trained:Yes. I'm on a schedule, but will go to back door and bark if extra potty is needed.

Crate Trained: I have free roam of the house with my furry foster siblings without any issues. My previous owners stated that I am crate trained, but it hasn't been needed in my foster home.

House Manners:: Puppy Proof!!! Although I'm not typically mischievous in the house, I MUST get enough exercise to not become bored. Boredom is not my friend since I'm an older puppy and energetic. Just teach me in a positive manner as I'm eager to learn and super smart. I sleep in the bed with my foster mom and dad at night, snuggled up right in the middle! If you do not want a pup in your bed or in the comfy chair with you, I'm likely not the Golden for you.

Leash Manners: I'm strong for my size and pull in excitement. My Walk Your Dog With Love harness is key to reduce my pulling. I'm just excitable right now and everything is a fun adventure so I want to move faster than you. After the first mile, I get better...I just prefer you go faster!

Exercise:: I'm an older pup with LOTS of high energy so must get significant daily exercise and playtime. Would be a great companion for power walking/jogging, hiking, or any type of dog sports. If you're a runner looking for a dog running buddy, I'm your pup!

Car Rides: Sit and I know my name. AGN see great potential in me for training. I'd be great at obedience, rally, agility, lure coursing, etc.

Basic Commands: Sit and I know my name. AGN see great potential in me for training. I'd be great at obedience, rally, agility, lure coursing, etc.

Things I need in my forever home:
-Someone who wants and understands a high energy, older puppy and all the fun and frustration that comes with it
-Very active family that likes to exercise daily by taking lots of power walks/runs, hikes, swimming and fun outdoor adventures. If you only walk 2-3 miles a day at a leisurely pace, I'm too much of an energetic puppy for you. I need a family that loves exercise and fun outdoor activities and wants a doggy companion by their side
-Someone who doesn't work, works from home or works part time as I'm used to my family being home with me and my furry siblings. I thrive in this environment because I'm young and active and need someone with the time to commit to my exercise and training
-Positive reinforcement obedience training classes REQUIRED . This will help us bond and build our relationship and it's so much fun
-Would do fine as an only dog if I get regular socialization, lots of exercise and playtime with dog friends. I'm confident and would do best with a neutral temperament and active female dog, one who enjoys running, playing and wrestling. If an only dog, you will have to truly be my best friend and play with me A LOT because of my high energy.
-No young children, but I love children and have grown up with them, so older children are fine

So if you're active, enjoy exercise and are looking for a great companion who's an energetic older pup and everything that comes with it, you won't find a sweeter more fun, happy dog than me. I'm waiting for that special someone who'll maximize my potential and offer me unconditional love....and lots of toys to endlessly play with. I'm a silly, loving, joyful older puppy that will bless your life and keep you on your toes with all the fun we'll have! Just ask for me....Gus Gus!

Luv, Gus (Gus Gus)

Photos by Amanda Murray Photography and Gus' foster family

Additional information: *Housetrained *Current on shots