Meet Blaze!

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Breed: Golden Retriever (mix)
Age: 8.5 months
Weight: 51lbs
Altered: Yes

Are you looking for a FUN and ACTIVE dog...a sweet, love the world and everything in it. energetic older puppy who will enhance your life with love, laughter and cuddles? A goofy, bouncy, happy, ball loving companion to spend your days with? You found me...I'm Blaze and it's been my name since birth so I know it well. I'm an approximately 1 year old Golden Retriever/Collie mix who's full of "puppy-ness". My DOB is 4/1/2016. I weigh approximately 51 pounds. I'm quite a handsome young fella with loads of potential for doggie greatness if you keep up my training. I have a good foundation of basic commands after working with a professional trainer, but If you don't keep up my training and progress me forward, I will not retain what I've learned. Practice makes perfect!

Here are the things that I learned in "Doggy School":
-Default Sit and Down
-Wait (at doorways and coming out of crate)
-Leash walking (uses Gentle Leader)
-Look (make eye contact)

All about my sweet personality:
-Fun, active, happy, super sweet "velcro shadow with never-ending enthusiasm for life
-Ultimate cuddle bug and lap dog who adores attention and affection
-Energetic and in the "adolescent phase" of puppyhood which means I like to test my boundaries all in fun
-Mouthy, jumpy puppy right now with herding instincts due to the collie in me - will jump on you in joyful exuberance and jump and nip at body parts while playing with you - My trainer has worked with me on this and I no longer do it with her, but it will take you reinforcing my training
-Friendly and social with everyone - doesn't meet a stranger EVER!
-Love all people and children, but too much "puppy" for young children right now - I'm happy and jumpy so children should be older and sturdy on their feet so they can run and play with me and redirect appropriately my puppy "nipping" in a positive way
-Loves other dogs and wants to play a lot - love to play and wrestle with my 2 year old Golden mix sibling, but I don't take signals from other dogs well as I want to keep playing even if they don't want to play anymore; I'm learning dog communication, but I just assume every dog wants to play
-Seem to be fine with cats as I ignore them at the pet store
-Incredibly smart and need someone to work with me to maximize my potential by continuing positive reinforcement training and taking formal obedience classes
-Would be a great agility dog, rally dog or running partner
-Overall confident fella with a wonderful, stable temperament
-Dense coat that needs alot of brushing and grooming

Things I enjoy:
-Playing, running and wrestling with my furry foster sister
-Playing fetch with the tennis ball - I'll bring it right back to you and drop it for you to throw it again...and again and again
-Toys, toys and more toys...did I say I LOVE toys?
-Walking/jogging through the neighborhood and parks - I do pull on the leash if you do not walk me on a Gentle Leader
-Car rides - I just want to be with you so I'm ready to go for a ride when you are; I ride nicely and look out the window
-Belly rubs - oh boy I love those belly rubs

My house manners:
-Housetrained - I'll go to the door and whine when I need to go out: I'd be great to train to ring "poochie bells" on the door to signal I need to go out
-Crate trained - I know "Crate Cookies" which means if I go in my crate I get "cookies" (treats)
-MUST PUPPY-PROOF - If you cannot watch me, then crate me for my safety and the safety of your household items; don't give me the chance to get bored and chew; Make sure I get lots of exercise and then crate me when you're gone or not able to give me the attention I need at the moment

Things that scare me:
-Loud noises - I'm NOT storm phobic, but I don't like sudden loud noises like fireworks, major loud thunder claps, etc.
-People yelling is very scary for me so please be gentle with me and use all positive reinforcement training

Things I need to improve upon:
-Jumping on people in excitement and when meeting new people - This should be redirected by turning your back and rewarding me with positive reinforcement and treats when I put all four paws on the floor or when I default sit. In addition, if you walk in the door with a treat and have me sit immediately, I will focus on the treat and not jump. I'll also learn to sit for petting.
-Puppy mouthy/nipping - I still get puppy mouthy and nippy when playing so that should be redirected by putting a toy in my mouth each time; I mean no harm, but it's all puppy mouthing and nipping that has had never been redirected in a positive manner until I got to AGN
-Leash walking - I had never been on a leash until I came to AGN so I'm just now learning what a leash is all about; I'm good on a Gentle Leader, but will pull without it

Here are the things I need in my forever home:
-Someone who has the time, commitment and willingness to be consistent in training for an older puppy; I have a good foundation and I need someone to maintain it and maximize it
-Active, energetic family that likes to exercise daily by taking lots of walks, runs, hikes and fun outdoor adventures - I'd be a great running partner
-Someone who's not gone long hours; works from home or works part time - I'm an older puppy who needs training consistency, lots of exercise and lots of time committed to me
-Positive reinforcement obedience training classes - This will help us bond and build our relationship and I need to maintain all of my basic commands and not to jump in excitement. If you'll invest a year of training into me, I'll be a lifetime of a well-mannered gentleman. I'd also be a great agility dog or rally dog and it's so much fun for both of us!
-Children are great as long as they are older and sturdy on their feet - Should be 13 and older with dog experience because I will jump, mouth and herd them
-I'd love and prefer a young, active dog that would play with me as I love to play; a dog companion must be able to tolerate my silly and sometimes annoying puppy antics; I'm not appropriate for a senior dog as I would want to play and it would not be fair for either of us
-I'd also be fine as an only dog if I had active doggy friends to play with on a regular basis, but remember if I do not have dog buddy to play with then YOU become my "play buddy"
-Fenced yard because I need lots of exercise breaks to go outside and play ball throughout the day; safety when I go out to potty, play with a doggy friend or hang out with the family while they chill in the backyard

So, If you're looking for an all around great older happy, active puppy who's a fabulous snuggler, goofy lap dog with amazing potential and you're willing to put the time and commitment into positive reinforcement obedience training, I'm ready to come home with you. I'm just that dog that has a contagious personality because I'm so happy and sweet. You'll smile because I make the world sunny even on a rainy day!

Luv, Blaze