Retrieve a Golden of Minnesota: RAGOM is a 501(c)(3) organization, rescuing Golden Retrievers and re-homing them through adoption since 1985. Serving Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota.
Dogs Available for Adoption

Max 17-034
(Fostered in Fargo, ND)

Sponsor Max

In addition to LOVE this dog has the following requirements:
Date Available Children
Other Dogs Cats Fence Energy Level
No children in the home
Can live with other dogs
Can live with cats
Physical fence required
This is the most recent information available; however, it may change as we learn more about the dog.



Max's living situation has changed. He was adopted in May and returned to RAGOM in June. His adoptive family made the difficult decision that Max's age and training requirements were not going to match their lifestyle. They sadly but lovingly surrendered him to RAGOM in order to help him find a home that was more suitable for his personality. We now know more of what Max needs, so there are some changes in requirements. Max cannot go to a family with children, because he was too rough with children in his former adoptive home. A physical fence is also believed to be best for Max right now. Max is a 14-month-old puppy weighing about 70 lbs who acts like a 5-month-old puppy. He is mouthy, jumps, and will steal inappropriate items. He can be willful and stubborn. Max has a lot of potential, but the road to the "perfect Golden" will be a project of several months. Once he finds the person or family that knows his worth and is willing to put in the work, you will get a loyal, loving, beautiful, well-trained dog. The person who puts in the work will get an exceptional pet. Max needs to be loved as he is right now, with all his flaws as well as his potential.


Max has been busy at summer camp. I just got a report from the head counselor. Here is what it said:

Plays well with other dogs - Excellent. Max enjoys the company of other dogs. He walks well on a leash with another dog and has shown no aggression.

Plays well with people - Good. Max enjoys people and likes to play retrieving balls or other running-type games. The people do need to control the play. If he gets too excited, he has a hard time stopping. Humans may be finished, but Max is not. No tug-of-war or wrestling allowed.

Shares with others - Good and improving. Max is willing to give up toys or objects in his mouth. He will drop upon command when offered a treat or something of higher value.

Knowledge of commands - Good. Max knows basic commands. He has worked with a clicker. A quick refresher and he will be a great candidate for clicker training. Knows "sit," "stay," "down," and "leave it."

Listening - Fair. Max is easily distracted. He listens, but it is difficult for him to hold his attention on any one thing for long.

Focus - Needs improvement. Max is a busy dog. He is constantly exploring and learning about his environment. Anything in your house is fair game for being put in his mouth.

Exercise requirements - At least 1 mile twice daily. Longest walk in the evening is recommended as he is very active around dusk. Swimming is good, or playing with another dog. Max is very active. However, he is a sprinter, not a marathoner. Shorter but more frequent exercise periods will help him. His stamina can be improved.

Home requirements - Max cannot be given free roam when first arriving at your home. He needs to be tethered and allowed only in areas that are completely dog-proofed. You will need to use a kennel or baby gates to keep him in a very limited area. This guy is going to make your house cleaner than it has ever been. The fewer things you have out, the less he can get at. It is going to take a couple of months, at least, before he is ready for free roam.

Affection - Max is a dog who needs to be touched often. He craves physical contact. Touch is as big a reward for him as food. He needs to find somebody to love him unconditionally. This person will work with him hard, and there will be some rough times in the beginning. Max is not an easy dog right now. He will test you, and if you are not up to being the leader, he will take over. If that happens, the adoption will not succeed. Affection is necessary, but boundaries and training are mandatory. Max is loyal and sweet, and has a lot of love that he wants to show his new people.

Max's permanent home needs:

  • knowledge of positive training
  • ability to set boundaries
  • patience
  • affection

If you think Max would be a good fit in your home, please submit an "Inquiry for Application" form. If you have already filled out an "Inquiry for Application" form, please send an email to with Max's name, his RAGOM number, the name you submitted the Inquiry for Application form under, and a sentence or two why you feel you'd be a good match.