|Ponto is an active dog who is social and playful out in the world, but he's serious about guarding when he's at home. His favorite things are running with other dogs, sitting outside where he can look over his domain, and lying at the feet of his person. He needs a home with people who are experienced with Livestock Guardian breeds.
Away from home: When Ponto sees his human and canine friends outside the home, he is overjoyed to see them and pays a lot of attention to them. He's been great at playing with other dogs, although as he's gotten older he's more reactive to unneutered males. Usually he's extremely happy to socialize with dogs, loves being chased and chasing.
At home: His guarding behaviors at home include particularly food aggression with people and dogs. Positive de-sensitization around these behaviors has been successful, but it's not quick. When he's home, he's alert to activity outside and he barks, but not to extremes.
Basics: He's good on leash, aside from the occasional squirrel. He's totally house trained, and has other training basics (sit, down, wait, leave it, back, go). When he's been alone during the work day, he hasn't been destructive or stressed. He's in perfect health and up to date on his shots. This spring he discovered that rain water tastes better than all other water, and sometimes would boycott faucet water.
Because Ponto is such large and strong guarding dog, he needs a home with people who are experienced with Livestock Guardian breeds. His guarding behaviors are breed-typical.