Hey it's me, Leo!
I wanted to give you all a quick update on me and how I have been. I have been doing great with my foster humans and my golden foster brothers. I am still looking for my forever family. Because of my large size and mouthiness small children are not a good fit for me. They tend to make me nervous and wound up and I don't know how to contain my excitement. When I get excited or don't get my way I can get pushy and mouthy. I don't mean to and I am still working on learning my manners. I have a lot of energy to burn so a place that I have room to run would be amazing! Along with another dog that can handle my rough horseplay would help burn some of that energy as well. My foster mom thinks I would be bored and more reactive if I didn't have another dog in the home to play with. She has also slowly been bringing toys back out for us all to play with. My one foster brother does not like to share his toys so she has been watching us closely. I love playing with toys and like to shove them in my foster brothers faces. For the most part I want another dog to play with toys with me, but I still should be watched. I LOVE playing with toys with humans and will allow you to grab them or take them from me if you are strong enough to or have something to trade me for them. I am vocally growly but in a playful way not a mean way. I can be a bit reactive towards some people and dogs sometimes, more so on a leash. I come off scared and intimidating sometimes but I am really a big baby and am more pushy than anything. I would love to have more training as it would help both myself and my forever family. I am willing and quick to learn.
Signed Leo 🐾
Hello this is Leo's foster mom!
Leo truly is a ham and a big baby! Our whole family loves him dearly and would adopt him, but we know there is a family out there that would give him so much more than we can. Along with we know that if we adopt him we cannot help other dogs as we would have a full house. We live on 5 acres and he loves running around and playing with our two golden boys. He does well with staying where he can see the whole pack and does pretty good with recall. He is always on a long tether, but he doesn't realize it. When he gets farther away I call him or whistle and he usually comes running towards me. If not I just start walking the opposite direction while calling or whistling and he comes. Our boys and him play hard with each other. He is like a puppy in a big dogs body! He loves playing with frisbees and the big horse ball with a handle. He loves toys and will play tug-o-war for hours! Leo needs a family that will have patience with him as he has a harder time trusting people. He needs someone that can show him that he does not need to be in charge that they are and will keep him safe. He is a bit strong willed but once he gains your trust and love and is comfortable he is a loving good boy. He is still a puppy inside so someone experienced with dogs with behavioral issues would be best for him. Working with a trainer and behaviorist would be extremely beneficial for him and the family that adopts him. He does well in the house uncrated as long as all food items are put away and not left out on counters. He has never chewed up shoes or things he was not suppose to unless if it was a food item we accidentally left out. He does well with not going potty in the house for a good period of the day as long as he went before you leave. His potty schedule is very consistent everyday and we have been working on lengthening the time frames he waits before being let out again. So far the longest we have made him wait was 6 hours and he did well. If he is excited when you get home and he has gone a considerable amount of time since his last potty break it is best to take him out right away because with all the excitement he tends to have a hard time holding it. He is big, pushy and mouthy so a family with little kids is not a good fit for him as he does not realize his own size or strength. He is not your typical golden that shows affection like most. He still loves attention but in a different way. He will cuddle and come up for pets when he wants to. He has been with us for a little over 4 months and he will allow me and our girls to sit or lay down next to him to cuddle him finally. Although if we move or startle him he will give off a little growl and get up and move. We are also working on the following things with him: Not jumping when we come into the house, being mouthy or barky when he does not get his way, learning to respect other dogs when they do not want to play. Consistency, patience and structure are key with this boy. If something gets thrown off throughout the day he tends to act out more so than consistent days. I promise whomever is willing to put in the hard work and show this boy love he will be a devoted loyal companion.
Hey it's me, Leo!