This handsome boy was beloved by his human and reluctantly surrendered because his overprotective nature made it unsafe for any visitors. At around ninety-five pounds, Damon is a very large and powerful dog who tends to bark first and ask questions later. He has the classic combo of Doberman traits, “stranger danger” and dog reactivity, both of which he recovers from when handled by a confident and competent human partner. Although he will sound off at other dogs when on leash, Damon actually has a positive history of living with a similarly sized female dog and his owner described him as being very playful and puppy-like with his canine sister. We have yet to run Damon with a friend at DRU as we are just starting to work on his on-leash reactivity and want him to learn how to behave in a neutral manner when he sees other dogs, but it’s in his immediate future. With people, Damon can be watchful and suspicious at first. He has a level of sensitivity that means his next owner will need to be wise and conservative when it comes to meeting any new humans. Once you’re “in” with Damon, you’re definitely in, and he will show his super affectionate, rather pushy side. He needs a strong, smart human to be a confident leader and to teach him to make the best decisions to alleviate his worry. Damon loves playing with his favorite rope toy and will surrender it on command. Based on observation interacting with our DRU cats, a no cat household is advisable. We’d love to see Damon get a person of his own who makes him feel safe and secure through calm and assertive leadership so that he can blossom into the magnificent Doberman he is at heart.