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Charlie has settled in well since his arrival at Stokenchurch and is always happy to greet his handlers when they enter his kennel.
He already knows a couple of commands such as sit and paw and he is more than capable of learning so much more. Charlie needs to learn basic obedience as he is very boisterous but is not aware of his size or strength! He will also need to be taught a solid recall before he can be let off lead on walks.
Charlie is easily motivated during training by rewarding him for the correct behaviour/command with treats and positive attention. He will on occasion jump at you for treats as he is very eager to receive them.
Since his arrival we have mixed Charlie with other dogs and have found him to be friendly but he is also very boisterous and can be too intense. For these reasons we do not think Charlie should live with another dog.
Charlie is a lovely boy who likes meeting new people when out on his walks and will happily take treats from these new friends. He can get a little excited when greeting/meeting them and does jump up to say hello which will need to be addressed with positive reward-based training.
Charlie loves to play with toys when given the chance, but he does tend to run off with the toys during playtime and will drop them in his own time. To make the playtime more fun it will be a good idea to teach him fetch so that Charlie can interact with his new owners more during play. It is very important that Charlie gets a lot of exercise as he is full of energy and can be quite rough if he hasn’t had the time to burn it off that he needs. He would enjoy regular walks and could benefit from extra games during the day.
Charlie would be best placed in a home with owners who have had experience with large dogs, as he is a big boy that doesn’t know his own strength. He will make a great addition in the right home with owners who are able to keep him mentally and physically fit.
Can you offer this lovely boy a loving and permanent new home?