Bear has been great for free roam with the boys during the workday, respects baby gates, and has no potty accidents in the house. He does not really like going into the kennel, so we only use it when the cleaner is here and we transport him to the cabin. Bear eats fine in the kitchen with the other dogs. He was slow to eat first, never finishing his food, and he was extremely underweight at 64 pounds. We have been working on him gaining weight and muscle mass. He now can eat all his food in a normal time.
Often Bear seems to be more like an 18-month-old puppy than over 4 years. He has tons of energy and loves to run and play. He would be best in a home with multiple dogs and a family who likes to be outside. We play catch outside and “get Bear” which is like tag to us humans. When it has been too cold, we work on training and tricks to stimulate him. He loves to give kisses, one after another, and another.
Bear can also calm down nicely after some time of playing, lay on the coach while we watch TV, and of course, he thinks it's cool when we get to sleep in his king-size bed. We don’t normally let the dogs sleep in the beg, but snuggling is allowed. We have pulled Bear off many nights to only wake up and find him snuggled in the middle of us.
For Bear to be successful in his next family home, he needs to be with other dogs that are active and playful, and he needs to be with kids 13 or older, with limited access to small kids (like grandkids or neighbors). At some point, Bear learned to mouth people like dogs when he is excited and playful. We keep working on this, but he reverts back to his mouthy behaviors when he is wound up. Also, he needs his family to give him structure and love, with plenty of time to snuggle.
A bonus for fellow RAGOM families, Bear has short hair and sheds very little. He likes to be brushed out. His coat is much shinier and not flaky now that he is eating better, grain-free food.