Many of us dream of having a pet that is as loyal and well-behaved as Baron, a German Shepherd with unbelievable smarts and a massive heart. His owner Linda Riley, a dog trainer who pulled out all of her skillsets to raise Baron to be shockingly obedient. Not only does Baron know how to guard their home, but he can also do household chores like laundry and dusting! Perhaps his most heartfelt job is tucking into bed his best friend, Linda’s four-year-old son. Read on to see just how impressive this brilliant dog is.
This Is Baron
From the looks of it, Baron seems like an ordinary dog. He’s a beautiful German Shepherd with black and brown fur and a sturdy build. Baron isn’t one to show off his tricks or be overly excited about his intelligence.
Upon first meeting him, you would probably see a sweet dog that seems impressively well-behaved. Little would you know just how brilliant this dog is. To see that, you’d have to watch his daily routine around the house.
Meet Baron’s Family
To the far left is Linda Riley, the woman behind Baron’s obedient demeanor. To the right is her son, an adorable four-year-old named Alexander. As you could have easily guessed, the happy boy sitting in between them is Baron.
Baron has his tongue hanging out and appears to be wearing a bigger smile on his face than even his human family members are. Right off the bat, you can tell that he’s a sweet boy.
Doing The Dishes With Linda
One of the things Linda has trained Baron to do is help her load the dishwasher. She rinses off a dish or utensil, then hands it to the dog, who then skillfully places it into the machine.
Though we can’t say that he’s better at arranging the items than a human would be, it’s incredible to see a dog patiently wait to be handed a dish and know what to do from there. You can tell that his owner is a professional dog trainer.
He Can Also Clean The Floors
Though Baron is incredibly skilled, he is still a dog. As this picture shows, even he can’t resist licking a dirty dish. When it comes to the floors, Baron can do more than just clean them with his mouth, though.
He can actually mop and sweep the floor! The canine uses his mouth to hold the handle and his moves the cleaning tools over the ground, picking up tiny particles. We just hope Linda isn’t one of those parents who calls out, “You missed a spot!”
He Can Do The Laundry!
Perhaps the most impressive thing that Baron can do around the house is the laundry! Though he can’t reach the buttons, Linda does proudly announce that he can load and unload the machines.
If Baron unloads the washer and fills up the dryer, then Linda can more efficiently throw in a new load. The skilled dog can also fill up the laundry basket with dry clothes, which means that Linda doesn’t have to bend down as much.
He LOVES To Dust
Of all the chores that Baron helps out with around the house, dusting is his favorite. In this photo, it looks like the proud pup was in the middle of doing the laundry when Linda said, “You want to dust?”
Instead of his ears perking up at words like “treat” and “walk,” this good boy gets excited just to have the opportunity to help out around the house. That’s what we call a true best friend.
He Helps Alexander Put Away His Toys
They say that dogs are man’s best friend, but Baron proves that the same is true with little boys. Baron is attached to Alexander at the hip, so it’s no wonder he’s happy to help him pick up toys.
In this photo, the adorable four-year-old picking up one of his toys while Baron holds the other in his mouth. Being that the dog is just two-years-younger than Alexander, we can see why they have a bond like brothers.
He Helps Get Alexander Ready For Bed
The most precious thing Baron does around the house is help his little guy get ready for bed. Even at bath time, the dog will bring Alexander a towel. Once the boy is in bed, his trusted companion will pull up the covers.
Baron even hands over Alexander’s favorite stuffed animal, which very fittingly is a German Shepherd plush toy. Linda says, “The more Alexander can get Baron to do stuff, the stronger their bond grows.”
A Special Bond
Though Baron is very close to Riley, who he’s been with since he was just 12-weeks-old, he has a unique affinity for Alexander. The boy was only two when his mom got Baron, and they’ve been inseparable ever since.
Riley even admitted to Barcroft TV, “Alexander and Baron have a very special relationship. If you put the three of us together and I walk this way and Alexander walks the other way – nine times out of 10 he’s going to go with Alexander.”
Waiting For His Best Friend
Whenever Alexander is gone at school or any other commitment, Riley is sure to bring Baron along to pick up the little boy. The canine is so well-trained that he can remain calm without needing to get scolded.
Riley has so much trust in the two-year-old dog that she knows it makes no difference if he’s on a leash or not. Baron probably loves not being constrained because it means he can race up to Alexander the moment he sees him.
Patiently Waiting For Alexander
You may have expected, as we did, that Baron would go running up to his best friend the moment he saw Alexander. The German Shepherd is so patient that he remains calmly seated as the young boy runs up to him!
When larger dogs get excited, they can become jumpy and run the risk of knocking little ones down. Though Baron remains seated, you can tell that he’s excited by his big smile and his paw inching forward. Still, he remains calm for Alexander’s sake.
Alexander Says Baron Is His Best Friend
As soon as Baron and Alexander reunite, their love for one another is apparent. Some kids get used to having a dog around the house, but for Alexander, each day with Baron is special.
The four-year-old proudly announced, “I love Baron, he’s my best friend.” We can only imagine how attached the young boy is to a pet he’s had for half of his young life and who he does so much with. The two truly are like family.
Linda Calls Baron An “Overprotective Dad”
Linda considers Baron an “overprotective dad” due to some of the ways he acts around Alexander. She says Baron will sandwich Alexander in between him and Linda when they are out in public.
He also likes to act like a barrier between anyone he sees as a stranger and the young boy. Linda adds, “Any time we are out, his eyes are constantly on Alexander, he does not look away. If Alexander falls down and he cries, he is the first one there.”
He’s Still A Regular Dog
Though Baron can do extraordinary things like turn on and off the lights and put down the toilet seat, he’s still a regular dog at heart. The moment they get into the car, Baron will stick his head out the window and bask in all the smells outside.
He loves going to the park and could spend hours playing fetch or tug-of-war. Since Alexander is young and just as eager to play, the two are a match made in heaven.
Baron Loves To Do Whatever Alexander Is Doing
Baron doesn’t only stick close to Alexander to protect him, but also because he loves to play with the young boy. The two have tons of fun together, which explains why they’ve formed such a tight bond.
Linda says, “He’s got to watch him, he’s got to know where he’s at. If Alexander is running, Baron is running. If Alexander is sitting, Baron is sitting. If he’s climbing on the slide, Baron is climbing on the slide.”
Alexander Also Loves To Do Whatever Baron Is Doing
Baron and Alexander’s relationship is adorably mutual. Though the dog seems to be always following the child around, Alexander will also want to do whatever Baron is doing.
We would imagine that if Baron ever didn’t come to pick Alexander up or if he wasn’t around when the young boy came home, the first thing out of his mouth would be, “Where’s Baron?” Having such a loyal and trusted friend can be very helpful to a young child.
Time For More Play
Just as you would expect with a hardworking and energetic breed, Baron is always ready for more! Linda says, “Even after long days, he is still wagging his tail, drooling all over, bringing a ball for me to throw.”
Many parents would say that their small child has a similar disposition, so having an energetic pet to meet their needs is probably appreciated. Plus, Linda can trust that Baron will not only keep her son entertained but also protected.
Baron Can Always Cheer Linda Up
Baron isn’t only a great friend to Alexander; he’s a major support for Linda, as well. She says that even after a hard day, her sweet dog can always turn her mood around because “he’s just always making me laugh.”
Many people have therapy dogs for the exact reason Linda described. When the going gets tough, it can be incredibly helpful to have a loving animal around who is blissfully unaware of the complex issues you may be facing.
He’s Both Protective And A Family Dog
Some dogs are so protective that they can come off wary towards even the friendliest of faces. Other dogs are extremely social, but that hinders their ability to guard the home. In Baron’s case, he has the perfect mix of both traits.
Linda says, “He has kind of got two sides to him – he can be protective but also a great family dog.” Having a pet who is tough on danger but soft on loved ones is a dream.
A Great Role Model
Baron’s discipline and obedience are wonderful traits for Alexander to learn from. Plus, he’s getting to see what putting others first is really all about, because that’s what Baron does every day.
Linda says that her sweet dog is so loyal that she’s confident he would “give his life for us, if he had to.” We certainly hope that the family has Baron for many, many years to come. Perhaps they’ll even raise one of Baron’s offspring one day.