ADOPTED ON 02-13-16 – Mugs is named with fondness because of his sweet glances and a face you cannot ignore. True to the breed’s appearance, this young male with floppy ears is extremely loveable, playful and an absolute great dog. What’s more, he will have you in stitches all the time with his little antics. Mugs was matched with an applicant before we were able to post him. He is super gentle and great other dogs. We are grateful that he has found a wonderful home.
Tips for house training and children and dogs are at below
We have access to lots of dogs that are not posted on our website or are in various stages of the rescue assessment or medical treatment process. All our applications are reviewed and if we have another dog and feel that the applicant is a better match, then we contact the applicant and work with them. If you are serious about adopting a dog, we could work with you the same way.
Dogs in shelters come in many sizes, ages, and breeds. Giving a second chance to a homeless dog can be a fulfilling experience and results in a lifelong companion for the whole family. If you have ever adopted a dog, then you know what a beautiful thing dog adoption can be. There are millions of pets in shelters and rescues waiting for forever homes. By adopting a dog, you can help homeless pets and set a great example for others. If you are thinking of adopting a dog, follow your heart and please consider adopting a rescue dog.
This dog cannot be adopted to Massachusetts residents due to new laws regarding rescue dogs being prohibited from adoption. Please contact Patricia Cabral at: 617-626-1786 or Mike Cahill at: 617-626-1794 for questions regarding what dogs you are allowed to adopt.
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The following is basic helpful information and does not reflect the personality of dog mixes.
ABOUT THE BREED
At first glance, you might think the Flat-Coated Retriever resembles a black or brown Golden Retriever, but no such thing. He’s a distinctive breed, his early popularity, which peaked before World War I, was eclipsed by that of the Golden and Labrador Retrievers, but his fans think that’s for the best, preferring to keep the secret of his fun-loving yet hard-working nature to themselves.’
This is a breed named for its coat, so let’s begin there. The lustrous, flat-lying coat comes in solid black or liver, with feathering at the legs and tail. Beautiful, yes, but also highly functional: it protects these superb retrievers from harsh weather, icy water, and punishing ground cover. Another breed hallmark is the long head—unique among retrievers—that projects a smart and kindly expression. Flat-Coats will stand just as tall as a Lab, but in silhouette they present a leaner, more elegant look.
Tolerant and friendly, Flat-Coats love everyone, including children and other dogs. They’ll bark to let you know that someone’s approaching, but don’t count on them to serve as any kind of guard dog. Flat-Coats enjoy the company of other dogs and can learn to get along with cats, especially if they’re raised with them. They might be a little too fond of pet birds, if you know what we mean.
Flat-Coats are great friends for active older children. They’ll play for hours, whether that involves running, swimming, or chasing a ball. They can be overwhelming for toddlers, however, accidentally knocking them over with one whack of that ever-wagging tail.
Always teach children how to approach and touch dogs, and always supervise any interactions between dogs and young children to prevent any biting or ear or tail pulling on the part of either party. Teach your child never to approach any dog while he’s sleeping or eating or to try to take the dog’s food away. No dog should ever be left unsupervised with a child.
If you like playing fetch (and, especially if you like playing it for hours), you’ll love having a Flat Coat Retriever. Eager, loving, intelligent and playful, these dogs have boundless energy and very few behavior problems.
The Flat-Coat demonstrates stability and a desire to please with a confident, optimistic, and outgoing attitude characterized by a wagging tail. Flat-Coats are often called the “Peter Pan” of retrievers. They generally mature more slowly than other dogs and maintain their puppy like exuberance for years. This playful energy makes them a wonderful and entertaining companion, but it also means extra time and patience when training them. While they are eager to please, Flat-Coats are hams, and they won’t hesitate to go for a laugh, even if it means ignoring or disobeying you. In general, however, he’s a responsive and sensitive student. A harsh correction will cause him to shut down until you make amends.
The Flat-Coated Retriever is an eternal puppy, brimming with happiness and energy. They adore people and will greet everyone they meet as if that person were their best friend (which makes them lousy guard dogs. After a day of playing with the kids in the back, the Flat-Coated Retriever will turn into a lapdog – don’t be surprised if you find him sleeping in bed under the covers. Though this breed is friendly and social and gets along well with other household pets, their extended puppyhood and constant energy can make them a challenge for first time dog owners.
PUPPIES BEHAVIOR, GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT
Each stage of Puppy Growth and development is fascinating; by the time it reaches its first birthday a puppy is considered a mature, adult dog. Puppy Growth rate is fast compared to humans, just compare a puppy of 8 weeks to a baby of the same age.
One of the most common questions asked about a puppy’s growth and development rate refers to the eventual size of the puppy. How big will the puppy grow? How can you determine the adult size of a puppy? A young puppy is tiny and cute – everyone loves puppies! But will the puppy be suited to your environment? How much exercise will be required for a full grown dog? Will the puppy be a suitable pet for children? The breed of the puppy will determine the answers to these questions. A general response to the size and growth rate of a puppy and the adult size of a puppy is therefore not possible – it needs to be specific to the puppy’s breed.
3 to 7 Weeks Old
|Weaned between the ages of 3 and 7 weeks|
|During the ages of 3 to 7 weeks its first teeth, or milk teeth will appear|
|Taught basic behavior disciplines from its mother|
|Develop by socializing with other dogs and animals and people|
|Will stand up and start walking|
|At the age of 3 weeks a puppy will develop its sense of smell|
|At 3 weeks the puppy will begin to bark and show social development such as wagging its tail, growling and baring its teeth|
|Up to the age of 4 weeks the mother will be with the puppy almost constantly|
|The puppy has good use of its legs and is able to chase|
|Between 4 and 5 weeks the mother will gradually spend time away from her puppies|
|Rapid growth and development rate at this stage|
|Interaction with litter mates leading to Order of Dominance|
|After weaning puppies need to receive a series of vaccines in order to develop immunity on their own. Vaccinations for puppies generally include distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parainfluenza, parvovirus, rabies, and sometimes Bordetella|
7 to 12 weeks
|Puppies are usually found new homes at this age it starts focusing attention on its owner rather than other puppies|
|The first fear period of the puppy begins|
|A puppy starts to learn it name but still has a short attention span|
|The puppy will start house training|
|At first, the puppy should be fed four times a day. (Feedings should be reduced to twice a day by the time a puppy is mature or even once a day in the case of a dog that gets little exercise)|
|The puppies motor skills improve|
|The puppy will use its basic instincts to naturally explore its new environment and the different things within it|
|Puppies will still sleep a lot and grow as they are sleeping. During times of stress, a dog raises its hackles – the hair along the neck and spine|
|Puppy training must begin and pups need to be made aware of your rules|
8 months to 1 year
|Feeding frequency should be considered – reduce to 2 or 3 meals per day|
|Some dogs reach sexual maturity at the age of eight months|
|The puppy is old enough to start Obedience Classes or a professional training program|
|The puppy would have grown to approximately half to three quarters the size of and adult|
|Female dogs would have probably reached their eventually height but will to continue to’fill out’|
12 months old
|Puppies are now considered to have finished their development and growth rate and are viewed as adult dogs.|
|Although sexually mature beforehand, a dog usually does not attain full growth until at least its first birthday.|
12 to 16 weeks
|The first of the permanent teeth will work through|
|Ensure the puppy has plenty of attention and toys to play with|
|At this age a puppy might demonstrate Pack Leader Behavior and test who is the Boss. A puppy will challenge your authority|
|Puppy Growth and Development & Behavior between 4 and 8 months|
|The adult teeth continue to come through and during this time puppies need to chew! The incisors and the canines are very important because the dog bites and tears at its food with these teeth|
|Provide them with items to chew|
|The confidence of the puppy will now have grown as would its physical size|
|The puppy will be showing interest in chasing other Puppies at this age and starts to become independent|
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WHAT THE ADOPTION FEE PAYS FOR
|Worm Puppies Every 2 Weeks Till 12 Weeks||Worm Every Month Till Six Months||Pregnant & nursing momma’s wormed more||After That Dogs should be wormed every three months|
|1ST DHPP||Giardia Snap Test||BloodTests||Office Visit Fee – at least five Visits|
|2ND DHPP||Heart Worm Snap Test||Antibiotics||Health Certificate|
|3RD DHPP||Parvo Snap Test||Ear & Eye Medication||Skin Scraping|
|Bordetalla||Fecal Test||Flea & Tick Medication||Transport|
|Rabies||Ear Test||X-Rays||Spay / Neuter|
|Kennel Cough Booster||Eye Test||Dewormer||Collars|
|Leptospirosis||Corona Booster||HW Pills||Head Cones|
DISCLAIMER: THE BREED POSTED ON OUR DOGS’ BIOGRAPHIES ARE OUR BEST GUESS BASED ON SEVERAL YEARS OF DOG RESCUE. ADOPTERS WHO NEED TO KNOW THE EXACT BREED OF A PARTICULAR DOG MUST HAVE THE DOG TESTED AT THEIR OWN EXPENSE.
Application instructions: click the link below to apply for adoption of this dog.
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FLAT COAT RETRIEVER QUICK FACTS:
- weight: 55 – 65 pounds
- height: 22– 24 inches
- Life Span: 10 – 13 Years
Ideal Human Companions
- Long, elegant coat
- Cute “chrysanthemum” face
- Friendly and fun
- Loyal and obedient
- Easily trained
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- Always teach children how to approach and touch dogs
- Always supervise any interactions between dogs and young children to prevent any biting or ear or tail pulling on the part of either party.
- Teach your child never to approach any dog while he’s eating or sleeping or to try to take the dog’s food away. No dog, no matter how friendly, should ever be left unsupervised with a child.
- Children need to be taught how to approach and touch dogs, and always supervise any interactions between dogs and young children.
- No dog should ever be left unsupervised with a child because often-young children don’t understand that a cute little dog, or any dog, might not want “love and kisses.”
- Never let young children pick up a puppy or small dog. Instead, make them sit on the floor with the dog in their lap. Pay attention to the dog’s body language, and put him safely in his crate if he appears to be unhappy or uncomfortable with the child’s attention.
- Always teach children how to approach and touch dogs, and always supervise any interactions between dogs.
- Teach your child never to approach any dog while he’s eating or sleeping or to try to take the dog’s food away. No dog should ever be left unsupervised with a child.
- Be prepared dogs will protect themselves
- Most important, it is your responsibility to make sure that your children and the dog are supervised at all times and safe. You cannot leave it up to the dog, the dog is an animal and will behave like an animal. They rely on us to guide and protect them, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
- THIS IS YOUR JOB, NOT THE DOG
IMPORTANT POINTS ABOUT PACK LEADERS
It is a natural instinct for a dog to have an order in its pack, therefore, the only way your relationship with your dog can be a complete success you must be the pack leader:
- When we humans live with dogs,we become their pack
- The entire pack cooperates under asingle leader
- Lines are clearly defined andrules are set
- Dogs communicateshis displeasure with growling and eventually biting
- Humans MUST be higherup in the order than the dog.
- The humans must be the onesmaking the decisions, not the dogs.
Schedule Feeding Time – Find your dog’s schedule so that you can work with that
- Feed your dog on a regular schedule time, always within a half hour of the time
Schedule Water – Help your dog bee successful
- Keep a schedule for water, however, you should design a schedule that fits you
- Remove the water dish after the first feeding in the morning
- After the night feeding, leave water dish for two hours, then take it up
- Before your last walk for the night, put the water dish down about an hour before
- Then walk your dog 45 minutes after he has had water. There will might be days where that might be an exception for water.
Schedule Walking Time – Find your dog’s schedule, then gently move it to your schedule.
- Start by taking the dog out every two hours for two days, if he goes every two hours,
- Then take him out every three hours, for two days,
- Until you reach the time frame you need – every six hours—eight hours etc
One accident in the house, there is a urine smell that the dog detects and his instinct to continue mark where he smells urine. This is how wild dogs let other dogs know that this territory is taken and for dogs not in the pack to go elsewhere. If your dog has an accident in the house, spray the area with 3 parts vinegar and 1 part water, brush with a soft brush, put a towel on top to absorb the liquid, then take it outside where you want him to go, take it out of the bag and put it on the ground, praise your dog when he goes outside.
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- Introducing Your Dog to a New Home
- Cesar’s House Rules
- How do I stop a dog from jumping?
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