The Golden Pyrenees is the "pawfect" blend of the calm and friendly Golden Retriever and the stunning Great Pyrenees, making it an obedient and playful breed. With characteristics of both parent breeds, the Golden Pyrenees relishes any "op-paw-tunity" to exercise, especially activities combined with elements of obedience as both breeds excel in and respond positively to training.
The Great Pyrenees is a well-mannered dog that shows unwavering loyalty to their owners. Renowned for their protective behavior, this pup can be somewhat wary of strangers and other dogs, but they're great with their own family. Similarly, a Golden Retriever is known for their loyal and gentle attributes, making them both a friendly and protective animal. The combination of the two breeds makes for a loving, playful pup with a beautifully soft coat. Interestingly, the Great Pyrenees behaves well off-leash; the retriever qualities found in this mixed breed allow the pooch to be responsive to commands and more obedient than its pure-bred parent breed.
Here are some of the best activities to keep your Golden Pyrenees happy, healthy, and mentally stimulated.
This breed is known for packing on the pounds if it doesn't get regular exercise daily. The Golden Pyrenees' ideal owner is one who loves going for long walks, or even better, enduring runs through the neighborhood.
When it comes to walking your Golden Pyrenees, it would be ideal to have them off-leash, but if they have not yet reached that obedience level (see the training activity in this article to learn more), then it would be ideal to keep them on a leash at all times. Using a short leash and keeping your pooch at your side is an effective technique for reinforcing the idea that you're the pack leader. When a dog leads the pack while running, it gives them the impression that they are actually the leader.
Whether you choose to walk or run is your choice. Keep in mind a short walk won't suffice, as this breed requires regular exercise. Prepare to walk your pup for a minimum of 30 minutes, though 60 minutes is ideal. If you decide to run, you can lower the activity time to 15 to 30 minutes, depending on your endurance and pace.
Have you been searching for a new and unique way to get your Golden Pyrenees moving? If so, joining a local agility group or gym for dogs is the "pawfect" opportunity to freshen up your exercise routine.
This activity is limited to those who have the accessibility of an agility group, park, or class. Some parks are free and others have a fee for day use or lessons. Agility classes offer owners the "op-paw-tunity" to teach their dogs obedience and exercise various muscles their pups wouldn't normally use during a walk or run.
Of course, finding an agility course is much easier than creating your own, but included in the additional activity section are steps for creating your own agility course in your backyard!
Looking for an easy and convenient way to exercise your pup? Well, the only thing you need is a puppy friend for your pooch! As dog lovers are easy to come by, you may be fortunate enough to arrange a puppy playdate with another family member or a close friend!
When it comes to the activity, the only thing you need to do is introduce your pup to their playmate -- they know what to do from there. All you need to do is pick a playmate and find the right conditions to play, making this activity effortlessly fun and free! If you do have trouble with a specific playmate, don't abandon the activity -- just try again with a new friend!
If there aren't any dog parks with agility equipment nearby, you can create your own agility course for your Golden Pyrenees to explore. All you need to do is find some simple household items, a large space (preferably an outdoor area), and get creative! If you don't have any supplies, try your local hardware store for pieces of wood, PVC pipe, or other items that can be used as obstacles. Set up your course, and follow the same steps as in activity one regarding learning and mastering the course.
Owning a Golden Pyrenees is a wonderful privilege, but if you have one as a pet, you know your pooch requires physical activity every day. Not only will exercise help prolong your pup's life by keeping them in shape, but it’s also a great way to help them burn energy, so get creative and try something new with your pup!
As the Golden Pyrenees is a social breed, it’s easy to bring them to public locations such as local agility parks. If you don’t have one in the area, build your own or try going for a walk or run with your pup. One last option you and your Golden Pyrenees have is coordinating a doggie playdate, giving them a chance to socialize and exercise all at once! Remember to be vigilant in keeping your Golden Pyrenees active, regardless of the activity you choose to enjoy together!