Ozzy, Dog, Golden Retriever / Labrador Retriever / Mixed (short coat)

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Species: 
Dog
Breed: 
Golden Retriever / Labrador Retriever / Mixed (short coat)
Primary Breed: 
Golden Retriever
Secondary Breed: 
Labrador Retriever
Gender: 
Male
Mixed: 
Yes
House Trained: 
Yes
Age: 
Adult
Special Needs: 
No
Spay/neutered: 
Yes
Size: 
Large
Vaccinations Up to Date: 
Yes
Color: 
Tan
Coat Length: 
Short
Found: 
No
Description: 
See Ozzy's Homepage Ozzy is a handsome, comical boy looking for a home in the spotlight. Are you looking for an active, goofy playmate? A lovability akin to Marley from the movie, BUT without the destruction and chaos? Need someone in your life to dote on you and make you smile every day? This might be the boy for you!Ozzy got a rough start to life, spending most of his 4.5-5 years tied outside. Fortunately, things started to change for him last year. When his owner passed away and he was left in the yard with no one to take responsibility for him, all of the neighbors near his home pitched in to make sure that he was well cared for while they tried to help him find a new place to live. He was placed in a prison program where capable inmate handlers work with dogs to give them a great foundation for their new homes (see www.hopedogs.org,) and stayed there for many weeks while he learned some of the things he was never taught as a puppy. He's now in a foster home and is crate trained, knows sit, down, come, and walks nicely on a leash though he will sometimes pull when he wants to go see/smell something. Though Ozzy can be a bit bullheaded and needs structure and boundaries, he does well at following direction from his foster parents and it is obvious that he enjoys learning. Ozzy has a tendency to play rough still as he never learned inhibition from that when he was a pup. He tends to leave his mouth hanging open as he tries to wrestle with you, not really mouthing but making contact with his open jaws. *He is not biting, or applying any pressure!* This can be offputting and so we are diligently working with him to extinguish this behavior. This is not in any way a sign of aggression, just play behavior. Typically, simply turning your back and crossing your arms is enough to make him stop. Because of his size and this behavior, though, we will not be placing him in a home with children, though he loves them desperately. He needs consistency in his training and it is difficult for him to maintain self control when kids are around.Ozzy is like an oversized puppy, taking in the things that he missed out on while tied on a chain in the backyard with no attention. He loves affection and is great with people but needs an owner who can be firm with him. Ozzy is 'portable'- he rides well in a car and would love to go for walks or even bike rides with you! He would much prefer a home where someone is around a lot because he spent the majority of his life isolated from people in the back yard. Now that he has gotten a taste of love and affection, he doesn't like to be left alone. He will bark to let you- or anyone within hearing range- know that he is not happy with the arrangement. If he is getting plenty of attention and exercise every day, however, he is usually quite happy to settle down. He does not have separation anxiety, just a lab's share of energy that needs released.His last request- no other pooches, please! While he is not aggressive with them, he is so exuberant that his play style is a turn off for most dogs. Besides, with his big heart and raring-to-go attitude, he's enough dog for any one household. He has been introduced to cats and small animals and shows a keen interest. He will do best in a home without them just in case he should try to chase or play with them.*******************All of our dogs are brought up to date on vaccinations, dewormed, HW tested, placed on flea and HW prevention and spayed or neutered prior to adoption.