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Cubby 17-102
(Fostered in Olivia, MN)

Sponsor Cubby

In addition to LOVE this dog has the following requirements:
Date AvailableChildrenOther DogsCatsFenceEnergy Level
 5/12/17 12+  Can live with other dogs  Not tested  See update below  Medium 
Introducing Cubby, a 5 year old, 56# light Golden mix (Collie markings), who will melt your heart. He's a neutered male who was released to RAGOM from the Pierre area due to his energy. He knows his name, sit, down, loves ball and Frisbee toss, listens and willing to learn, walks and jogs. Cubby has a few puppy behaviors that need some help to overcome (discussed in updates). 
This is the most recent information available; however, it may change as we learn more about the dog.

Cubby is getting used to his foster home very quickly. His energy and anxiety level upon arriving were very high and in one day was already very different. He is a handsome dog that is light golden with dark eyes and with Collie breed markings, as you can see a little in the pictures I included. He saw the vet this week and the only issue was Cubby may have had some previous hot spots and is a little underweight.

Good things I have noticed is Cubby loves to play with a tossed ball or Frisbee. He has good recall and had some training, as he will sit and lay down when asked. He is an avid fan of food, treats and trying new food. He has smelled by the counter and garbage can but hasn't as yet tried to get food from them. Walks nice while he holds the leash in his mouth. He has shown no resource guarding, but does try to take food or toys from others. He doesn't try to jump on people when greeting. With his energy level, he would do well with jogging.

He hasn't watched much TV, as they had bird noises on the other night and he went looking for where it came from and started watching TV. I was surprised and laughed a little that sometimes when I talk to him he looks at me and tilts his head, which is so cute. Cubby is trained to be in the kennel (treats in kennel and rest time) or free roam. He sleeps on the couch, bed with you at night or on a dog bed. He does well in a fenced yard and only wants to play or wander around. We have been doing lots of outside breaks during day and before bed and no accidents so far. He will pee outside as soon as he is out the door, but his other business usually takes more time. I tried him on a tie-out and it works well, but I wouldn't want to leave him on it for long periods.
Cubby has a few puppy issues he needs work on for now. I was told when he greeted new dogs, he would hump them, a behavior that wasn't prevented before. I think he does this because to him it was how to get a dog's attention to play with him. We started working on it when he greeted my other foster. To prevent this he remained on leash and was redirected when he made attempts to do this behavior. By the end of the day, he stopped doing it and this must be continued when greeting other dogs and soon it will stop altogether, as he needs help learning. Once in awhile when playing with people, due to getting excited, he will begin mouthing. To prevent it we say no and then stop playing with him when he wants to do this behavior, and in time it will stop. I think Cubby wasn't petted and cuddled a lot. He will cuddle a little when he decides to jump in your lap, while reclining in the chair. Another time is when you wake up and he is in bed with you. If you pet him or cuddle other times he becomes mouthy and nippy. With more loving and patience in time he will change.

He also will destroy toys if not supervised by biting out the squeaker or chewing them apart and needs to learn to play with them properly. Already he is learning if he does it, play will stop and he is redirected to other things he can chew on safely like a rawhide or Nylabone.

He has a few issues with new noises. I turned the fan on, which was by the kennel and he was afraid and wouldn't go in the kennel. The mower also frightened him and he stayed far away. Storms didn't bother him as we had one soon after he came here. I'm not sure cats would be an issue but he isn't interested in birds in the yard. Cubby is a typical dog coming out of puppy hood and needs a loving forever home to help him. He learns quickly and will bring joy to his new home. Keep watching for more updates and pictures.

If you think Cubby 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 the dog's name, 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.

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Cubby's hair is getting so soft with good food which makes you want to just hug and pet him often. Such lovely dark brown eyes to melt your heart. He loves to run with my other foster, besides playing with balls or throw toys and included a picture. He watched a puppy video on the computer and turned his head back and forth when the puppies made noise and have a few pictures attached.

He is learning not to tear toys apart but loves his squeaker toys. He has good recall. Cubby is also learning to sit and stay before getting food to eat and is learning fast. I am doing this because he darts to the dish when food is being placed inside and sometimes knocks the cup and food goes flying on the floor. He is a very fast eater but takes treats very well.

Cubby is getting better on car rides and loves to look out. We are working on greeting people on leash as he gets a little too excited. He is also learning not to mouth your hands and just let the hands do the petting.

He prefers to sleep in bed with you or on the couch. He goes to the kennel with treats by himself or on command. He does not counter surf or get in the garbage. He doesn't dig in the yard but prefers to fetch or have a toy.

Cubby is becoming settled and wants more pets and attention as he settles in and knows you better. Keep watching for more updates.

If you think Cubby 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 the dog's name, 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.

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Cubby has an applicant interested in him already! He is doing very well in the SUV. I've provided a couple stuffed toys and he is much better. He looks out the window a lot. I'm working on settling him down as he has some puppy anxiousness (wants to be moving all time).


He does sit and stay now very well before food is put in his kennel for him to eat. Cubby will run to his kennel when you give him treats to eat them there.


He is much better with stuffed toys, but occasionally a seam comes apart and out comes the squeaker and stuffing. I just put the squeaker back in and sew it back together by hand and it's good as new for him.

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Cubby will now drink out of the wading pool but still hasn't gone inside it. I'm sure once that happens he will have fun in the water. I'll keep trying.

Cubby is letting me pet him now with very little mouthing and I've found his scratchy spot by his front leg and under his neck. I am still working on brushing and trimming his feet but in time everything will settle down. I will let everyone know if Cubby is adopted in next update.