Meet An Adoptable Dog
Breed: Golden Retriever / Poodle (Standard) / Mixed (long coat)
Weight: 60 lbs
Height: 27 in
Estimated Birthdate: 4/8/2014
Fence Needed: Yes without exception.
Location: Dreamweaver Farms, Pacolet SC
Reason for being in rescue: Lovingly surrendered by owners because he disliked one of the members in the relationship
Special Needs: Griff has a bite history
What kind of home would be best for me: Griff needs a low traffic home and an experienced dog owner. He needs a home that will offer him both daily physical and mental exercise. He is bright and if he is bored he can be trouble. He wants an owner who will love him but will let him come to him. Patience and a calm, even personality is a must. Griff does much better with women and would be best in a home with only women. He needs to be the only dog and will not do well with children.
What is my personality like: Griff thrives on confident, controlled people who do not show fear. If he thinks you are afraid of him, he will take advantage of you. If he knows you respect him but do not fear him he will lay his heart at your feet.
Griff has been trained under a shock collar and it has created a lot of the challenges we are overcoming. He was shocked when he barked. He was shocked when there was any sort of behavior that was deemed "unacceptable." It has shaped his behavior in such a way that we are now working to un-shape that fear and re-establish trust.
Griff is a sweet dog once he knows you. Griff is very timid and takes a while to warm up. He can be a little aggressive in the beginning. Everything is at Griff's pace, and introductions to new people are no exception. Griff's favorite thing is tennis balls. He isn't a throw the ball and bring it back kind of boy. Griff prefers to find his tennis ball and carry it everywhere with him. He also loves to sunbathe and enjoys afternoons spent in large fenced fields. Griff is very smart also, he sits and waits for his food and doesn’t bark or act crazy. He can resource guard at times also. He does have some barrier aggression when another dog is walking by his run.
Griff is a complicated dog. His is the product of the environment in which he was raised. Though he is not cuddly, he will come to you on his terms and reward you with the sweetest snuggles that make it all worth it. Slow and steady wins the race with Griff!
How do I act when I first meet new people: You have to ignore Griff and let him come to you. Don't reach out to him, let him smell you and get comfortable with you. Once he knows you he is a wonderful, loving companion. Our ops manager can do anything with him.
Tips and Tidbits: Griff's birthday is 4/8/2014.
House trained: Dogs can be house trained if they are in the right environment and are allowed to follow a schedule as long as a physical reason doesn't keep them from being trained. A dog house trained in my home may not be in yours. We will help you teach your new dog this necessary skill and based on your schedule.
Please note - we do not ship or transport our dogs. If you are interested in adopting a dog, take a look at the distance between the dog's location and your location and make sure you are able to make the trip.
Thank you for your interest in a dog who needs a new home. This description contains all that we currently know about this dog. We have no perfect dogs - but many of our dogs have proven to be perfect for a certain someone. We urge all of our potential adopters not to fall in love with a picture. When screening applications, we look at the entire home and then make suggestions based on what would be a good fit for your home. You are not being screened for a specific dog although we are looking to see what type of dog interests you - poodles or non poodles, age, temperament, personality, etc. Our goal is to match you with the best possible pet for you and your home. We want to create furever families.
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