Adoption Date: September 15th, 2015
September 15th, 2015:
Hunter has been adopted and will be trained for Search and Rescue (SAR) work. He seems quite happy to have a job.
August 19th, 2015 Update:
Hunter is a training challenge. He is smart, but also quite stubborn. At 20 months of age, he is in his 5th home and I am spending a bit of time just getting him to trust me. He is getting quite a bit of exercise running along when I bike, and frankly, I'm having a difficult time keeping up with him. Many of his mannerisms, such as his mouthiness and being a jerk in the evening, remind me of a 6 month old puppy, who just can't settle or get his own way. He is living with 4 other goldens and two cats. He respects the pack leader and senior, bullies the anxious one at times, and can't leave the playful one alone. He gets overstimulated with all these animals, but he can settle down. He tries to get the cats to play with him, but they mostly ignore and occasionally swat at him. He is very attention needy from everyone, so we are working on redirecting that behavior. I am also trying to get him to engage his brain on productive things. We are working around the guarding issues with the other animals, but I have not started any one on one work with him yet on food as I don't feel our bond is strong enough for that yet. His behavior is predictable, so thats a big plus for managing and avoiding problems. He is gated or crated anytime food is out, and this is working. I have allowed him to be closer but barricaded to the other dogs during food prep and treat time and will continue to gradually integrate him more. Will do this more before working directly with his bowl. he is getting better at being handled and groomed, but very mouthy and obnoxious with this. Lots of things to work on with this boy, but from what I see of him, he will be worth it.
July 19th, 2015 Update:
Hunter was returned to GRRoW for guarding his food. We will be working with him on this issue as well as doing some additional medical testing.