I recently adopted a 6 year old Yellow Lab named Roscoe from another forum member who was moving and couldn't keep him. When we got the dog, my girlfriend and I agreed to a 90-day veto period wherein either of us could just say it's not working and we would give up the dog. My girlfriend has exercised her veto power, and I would like to find another hunter/hunting home for him.
The reason for giving up the dog is that we have not been able to successfully transition him from an outside dog to an inside dog. While we have been able to calm him down enough to sit in the living room for 20-30 minutes in the evening, and he sleeps outside out bedroom, tethered to the banister, he still spends the majority of his time outside. Part of the problem transitioning to indoor life is that Roscoe has a human food problem. He will do anything to get human food, or items he perceives to be human food. He can't be inside during meal times, and the kitchen provides an irresistible temptation for him. Food around camp at our cabin is also problematic.
My girlfriend and I feel like our home simply isn't comfortable him. We have a 200 sq ft back yard. He won't stay in his kennel without chewing on his tail, and he won't stay in the back yard without barking. He came from a home in Wasilla that had a huge yard. With winter coming on, we are concerned about what to do with him during the day that doesn't include leaving him out in the snow; although I believe that was his earlier lot in life, it's not something that we're willing to do.
I've had Roscoe exactly a month as of yesterday and I've hunted grouse with him every weekend since I got him, but I'm hunting near our cabin property, which, in my opinion was hunted out early in the season. Subsequently, I haven't seen him point a bird yet. However, he works the brush hard, similar to a Springer-Spaniel, and seems to enjoy doing it. He responds well to voice and whistle commands. His original owner told me that Roscoe is primarily a water dog. We've done water retrieves on our lake from boat, dock, and shore. He's a very good swimmer and easily finds bumpers.
Roscoe does well with kids of all sizes, as long as they don't have food in their hands, and other dogs. We have five nephews, ages two through twelve, and all of them have enjoyed petting, walking, or training the dog. The two oldest boys like doing water retrieves with him. My in-laws have an older Golden Retriever, and neither dog has had an issue with the other.
He has updated vaccinations, from Diamond Animal Hospital on Tudor, an AVID tracking chip, and AKC Registration. We have a file from the original owners that goes back to birth.
We are both disappointed to let Roscoe go, but he has to go. For the most part, we have enjoyed having him. For my part, I really want to see him go to another hunter, but if no one here takes him, we'll have to put him out on Craigslist.
For reference purposes, here are links to the two other threads concerning this dog:
The original owner's search for a new home is here:
And my thread for training tips when I first got him is here: