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Perry's signature pace.

Perry's signature pace.

Perry is the perfect pet and a fabulous failure

Perry the Great Dane is a wonderful dog with a super personality. He could not be better. Why did we decide he was a fabulous failure? Because he paces – he does not trot.

Pacing is when the legs on the same side move forward at the same time. People can try it: when walking normally your left hand swings forward when your right foot moves forward. Try it the other way, it doesn’t “feel” right. At Service Dog Project we have no scientific medical studies to prove this is a bad thing, only that it does not seem right structurally. And since our dogs are used for mobility, any dog that paces has a different job as a perfect pet.

How soon can we tell?  Whenever they start to pace. You can only make the decision about pacing when the dog is moving at a slow speed without disruption. In a fast gallop, the feet are almost in unison except only one foot is on the ground at a time.

– Carlene White, founder of Service Dog Project in Ipswich, MA. The organization trains and places Great Danes with people who live with Multiple Sclerosis, Friedreich’s ataxia, and veterans with disabilities.

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    Love my Perry Boy, best BP :)

  • Dee Arotin

    My first SDP love

  • Fugen A So CA

    Love you Perry !

  • Angel-Paws (MB, FL)

    Love you Perry Cole! Watched SDP from day one on Explore.org.

  • Amy – KY

    Another “learning moment” from Carlene and Service Dog Project!

  • Dianeks-MD

    Love handsome Perry.

  • Wendy Vance Wenger

    Love Perry!

  • racecat1

    Perry Cole is such a handsome fellow, love seeing him whenever possible.

  • NJerseygirl

    Perry is an awesome and wonderfully natured Dane. So handsome too!! Love Perry!! :)

  • http://www.haveadanehilldanes.com Havadane-OR

    My first love on the hill!!!

  • Debbie Porges-Au

    And don’t forget to click on the grey heart to make it go read if you liked reading this blog!

    • Sandollar

      Can’t find grey heart ? I want to follow Perry.

      • Debbie Porges-Au

        The grey heart is under the photo to the left-next to the word “Recommend”. If you click on it it will turn red! Good luck.

  • Kasha-NJ

    Woohoo Perry Cole, one special boy.

  • Pam-Lexington S.C.

    Perry, wish you were my perfect pet!

  • Apple Lane

    Aww… Perry was the first SDP Dane puppy I ever fell in love with. His whole litter were stars! I think they were the first litter followed on explore.org and they made a jillion friends for Service Dog Project. Perry…I miss you! Luvya ~