Tell us about yourself and your pup, Caramello.
Caramello is originally from Mississippi and made his way north as a 3 month old baby alligator on a "Love Train". We picked each other at the Toledo Humane Society on Memorial Day Weekend 2019. Carm is an "only child" and because he was only a year old when COVID hit, he has had even more 1:1 time. He's a mix of working/sporting breeds, is very attuned to schedules, routine, and loves to have a job.
What's unique about Caramello?
When he meets people, he can't wait to show them his "honey buns", turning in a half circle, head on the floor, buns in the air, leaning into the new person, looking up at them, tongue usually hanging out. He is Mr. Honeybuns. He can also find the weak point in any toy in under 2 minutes.
What are Caramello's favorite things?
Visiting friends & family, of course! He loves being brushed & playing games/puzzles for treats. He likes to check the mail for packages- he always knows which boxes are his.
What are your best tips for training (especially for working/sporting breeds)?
Patience, school, consistency, schedule/routine, reinforcing skills, & keeping that brain engaged with different toys and walk routes. Bored dogs can be destructive dogs and that's on the human, not the dog. Invest time & energy and you will get it back 10 fold in devotion & happiness.
How did you come to find out about Big Barker beds?
Working in clinical trials, I was looking for a substantial bed that would be durable & provide support for a medium/large dog who will likely have lifelong joint issues.
What do you love most about having a Big Barker bed?
It keeps him up off the drafty floor, it supports his whole body evenly, & he can use the headrest as a pillow or to rest his chin.
I often lie on the floor & use the Big Barker as a pillow while Carm is lounging on it.