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Casper 1 Year Old Male Great Pyrenees/Lab Mix 65-lbs, Neutered

Background: Open to exploring placement outside of our Bay Area service area for the right fit.

Must be experienced with Great Pyrenees or large dogs. Great Pyrenees are known for their independent nature and protective instincts, so someone who is familiar with these traits will be better equipped to handle Casper's behavior.

We took in Casper's mother, a Great Pyrenees, along with his siblings last year. This decision was based on being told that the father was a Labrador Retriever which turned out not to be the case. Casper found a home through adoption but was eventually returned to us due to displaying resource-guarding behavior.

With no available foster homes, we had no choice but to place Casper in a boarding facility, where he has been for the last two months. Regrettably, this environment isn't ideal for him. He is confined indoors amidst considerable noise from other dogs and the bustling urban neighborhood, which adds to his stress. Despite our efforts, we lack experienced foster caregivers who can handle a dog with resource-guarding tendencies.

Continuing to keep Casper in boarding indefinitely is untenable for us.

We have actively reached out to Great Pyrenees rescues, but regrettably, they are all at capacity. Our attempts to secure a spot at sanctuaries have yielded no success, with just one responding to inform us that they are unable to accommodate Casper.

Outside of the resource guarding, Casper's former family (four adults) described him as "very sweet and a quick learner. He loves to be around people and play fetch. He can be very gentle and loving. In the middle of the night, if he needed to go potty, he would gently lick my face until I woke up. I could go on for days about what a great dog Casper is. He knows how to play dead, he would go to his crate when we said it was time for bed. He liked sleeping in his crate, and we always left the crate door open for him. When it was warm, we would find him sleeping in our bathtub."

What The Boarding Facility Says:

  • Casper has shown to be reactive to dogs, more so towards his kennel neighbors and when they're around his crate
  • Casper did very well during his bath sessions
  • Casper had some training work done on our behalf when the team had time and worked with a few of our trainers to clean up his obedience, impulse control, and "Out" command that will assist with his resource guarding.
  • Casper needs someone experienced with the Great Pyrenees breed or large dogs. He should start out as the only dog and work with a local trainer to continue building his foundation. With the right measures taken, Casper can thrive. He has bad habits that need to be paid more attention to. From the boarding facility, he's not an aggressive dog by any means but stubborn and can be possessive of his space, especially with things of high value e.g. food and treats. We recommend that the person who adopts Casper work with a professional dog trainer to develop a training plan that is tailored to his specific needs.

    Casper is an affectionate dog and will thrive in a loving and structured environment and in a home with rules and boundaries.

    Medical: Casper is up to date on core vaccines, heartworm tested negative, microchipped, and neutered.

    Located In: San Jose.

    If you are interested in fostering or adopting, please contact Kris at

    Please note our service area: GGLRR adopts to the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

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