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Barron is an approximately 4 year old Great Dane. Weighing in at 130 pounds, he is quite large, as you can see in comparison pictures of him with my 80 pound girl. His energy is medium low.
Such a mild-mannered dog! He shows interest in other dogs and is nonreactive and has shown interest in and no prey drive with the cats. He does like to give everyone a very thorough sniff, which isn't always appreciated, but he's not overly rude and takes the hint when asked to back off. With new visitors to the house, he will check them out from afar, no rushing them or crowding them, and he has not jumped up on anyone. He seems more interested in people and is never far away. He will follow me where ever I go, even at the dog park. He is gentle but may not be great for a house with small kids as he does like to be close and occasionally bumps into people or leans into them, so he could easily bump down a smaller child.
On leash, he is extremely good, staying at a near perfect heel although he will again occasionally bump you, which at 130 pounds, can alter your stride. No pulling at all, although he will try to look at dogs coming up behind you. No reaction to other dogs on leash otherwise. He did well when I took him to Mounds, with other dogs in the store and lots of distractions. He smelled the food and looked at the other dogs, but again, he was a perfect gentleman.
I don't know if he was trained on lead or if it is just in his nature. He does not seem to know "sit" but seems to know "down", when I've shown him where he is to sleep. He did not want his bed to be out of sight and he immediately comes to check out where I am when I get into bed. He did very well when his bed was placed at the side of my bed. He has not tried to get onto any furniture. His recall seems good. He is food motivated and has taken treats very gently. The only bad habit I have seen from him is when I rub his face. He greatly enjoys it and will initiate it himself but as he is getting rubbed, he will try to nibble your clothes, but we are working to stop that and he is responding well.
When eating, his bowl tends to move and I will stand with the bowl wedged between my feet and I will scoop out the last bits of food he hasn't been able to get. No signs whatever of food aggression or toy aggression.
My house is set up so the dogs have easy access to the yard. He has had no accidents in the house but, because of my set up, I don't know what his signals are if he has to go out.
He does not seem to be fond of water running out of the hose and has not gotten in the baby pool. He was fine with me running a wet cloth over him but I have not tried giving him a bath. He needs some time getting desensitized to having his paws touched so that nail grooming will be easier, but that takes time with any dog.
If you are looking for a companion for yourself, he would be excellent as he attaches easily, loves to be around, is mild-mannered and well behaved. He is great with other pets as well so would be a great addition! DATCP 411076-DS