Your Great Pyrenees is a big, fluffy, beautiful dog who was bred to protect. Great Pyrenees dogs protect anything and everything in their world from you to his surroundings to his home, even his toys. This can become challenging when you have your Great Pyrenees on a leash, and he wonders and worries if everything you pass is out to get you. Your Great Pyrenees is strong. If he is not large yet, he soon will be. Training him to walk with leash manners is imperative if you expect to take him on leash walks and have any control. You don't want your Great Pyrenees to pull you along on the leash or to become distracted and run from you during your walks. Teaching your Great Pyrenees leash manners will mean long, easy, and gentle walks where he is beside you and not pulling you along to show you the next greatest thing or to protect you from everything that passes by. Your beautiful Great Pyrenees will attract a lot of attention. Be sure he is leash trained, so he understands the rules when people walk up and ask to pet him.
Leash training your Great Pyrenees will take a bit of time and patience, but it is imperative for proper obedience training for such a large breed. Having such a large dog pull on you while walking together can be quite scary. Training your Great Pyrenees leash manners will require leash walking together in areas where he is not distracted and can focus his attention on you and learning his task. You will need to be prepared to handle your dog should he become distracted and be prepared for him to become protective of you should someone approach the two of you while he his in training. Do not hesitate to ask people to give you space because you are training. You can train a Great Pyrenees leash manners. Just be cautious of being on the other end of a leash from a strong adult dog who can pull you along if you have no control.
A Great Pyrenees works really well with a harness and a leash rather than just a leash. It is very easy for a large breed dog to pull its owner if he only has a leash attached to a collar around his neck. Alternatively, if you're tugging on his leash and his collar, you could injure his trachea and neck. A harness that has the leash attachment on the chest gives you more control should he try to pull away. You will also need lots of high-value treats for your walks together. Cheese, hot dogs, and beef jerky are options to take with you. Be prepared to give your Great Pyrenees lots of little treats along the way. Just because he's a large breed, you should know he will do just about anything for a tiny morsel of food.
My girl walks pretty good on leash during walks until it is time to turn around to go inside. She lays down and refuses to walk.....it doesn't matter how long the walk. She is not food motivated, or seem to care about verbal encouragement. It has gotten to the point where I have to go to work and end up hurding her in. (I walk very close behind her and push her along) I enjoy walking her, but get very frustrated at the end of every walk.
Hello Helen, I would start by doing lots of repetitions of this. Practice walking to the end of your yard, turning around to go home, then turning back around once home to resume the walk - you want to change pup's expectations of what happens when they get home and cooperate. I would do a dozen of these back and forths each day, until pup comes home with you easily. What training tools/leashes/collars are you using? You may also want to consider something like a front clip harness or prong collar, giving quick tug and releases on the leash until pup takes steps toward you, then keep slack in the leash. You don't want to continuously pull on the leash or that will actually encourage pup to pull against you - think about the resistance involved with sled dogs pulling against something - that pull against them creates a natural resistance for them to go the opposite direction away from you. The goal with tug and release is to make not cooperating uncomfortable for pup, persisting calmly, until pup decides they would rather walk and avoid the annoyance. It's not supposed to be overly harsh, just persistent. If pup has ever shown any form of aggression toward you, I would hire a professional trainer to help in person. Additional safety measures like a basket muzzle may be needed, and there are probably general attitude issues that need to be addressed throughout pup's day that are also contributing to the behavior. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23zEy-e6Khg&feature=youtu.be Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Im having troubles keeping Aces attention. I know he likes to be in his own world all the time because of his breed.
He also hates collars and leashes he dose okay with a harness but he dosent want to walk with me he just drags himself half of the time and the other half he pulls on the leash. What can I do to fix this beahavior. I am training Ace to be my service dog beacsue I have autism he is the only breed my parents would let me get. He is very treat motivated and a very calm puppy. But the whole training process is hard when he gets distracted easily.
Hello, Ace looks like a wonderful companion. I'll give you a couple of guides to read with excellent tips that will put you and Ace on the right track. Also, don't forget to take him to dog training for his basic obedience - it will do wonders for his manners and ability to listen to you. Plus, his breed is used to working so he'll love to train! I would take Ace to the pet store and get a properly fitting collar; they can help you put it on and then you'll be all set. Buy a lightweight leash that is not too heavy (sometimes puppies are intimidated by a heavy, bulky leash). Let him walk around the house a few times a day dragging the leash behind him to get used to it. I think a collar and leash combo is the best choice because a harness allows some dogs to pull even more. Ace will get big, and you want to be able to handle him. Practice heeling with him when you walk him and his walks will be much more pleasant. All of the methods here are excellent: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-poodle-to-heel. And for obedience: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-dog-basic-obedience. Good luck and happy training!
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Appa struggles a lot with walking on the leash. He does well with simple things like sit, here, etc. But he is extremely difficult to take on a walk, he has a habit of simply stopping whenever he pleases, and sitting or laying down. I can usually entice him to get up and follow me by waving a treat and using a 'here' command, but this only works for a few yards before he stops again. I hate having to drag him along with me on every walk, but he does not give me much choice, and nothing else seems to work. At best, he'll walk beside me for a few minutes at a time, at worst, he will flat out refuse to walk even when I have treats, forcing me to either drag him along or carry him. I would really like to nip this behavior in the bud and establish good leash walking habits before he becomes too large for me to easily control
Hello! While this is common for puppies his age, I understand you don't want this to continue. You are correct in waving treats in front of his nose. Another thing to try is to place the treats along the sidewalk like a trail for him to follow. You can even do this with his breakfast, before he has eaten. He will be hungry and eager to follow the treats. Attach his leash and let him go after one piece of food at a time. I know this sounds a bit tedious, but puppies really don't like the feeling of pressure on the leash and they often freeze. A few more weeks of practicing like this and you will start to see a huge improvement.
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Wants to bite feet and stay under feet
Hello Robert, Check out the article linked below. Starting today, use the "Yelp" method. At the same time however, begin teaching "Leave It" from the "Leave It" method. As soon as pup is good as the Leave It game, start telling pup to "Leave It" when he attempts to bite or is tempted to bite. Reward pup if he makes a good choice. If he disobeys your leave it command, use the Pressure method to gently discipline pup for biting when you told him not to. The order or all of this is very important - the yelp method can be used for the next couple of weeks while pup is learning leave it, but leave it will teach pup to stop the biting entirely. The pressure method teaches pup that you mean what you say without being overly harsh - but because you have taught pup to leave it first, pup clearly understands that you are not just roughhousing (which is what pup probably thinks most of the time right now), so it is more effective. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite When pup gets especially wound up, he probably needs a nap too. At this age puppies will sometimes get really hyper when they are overtired or haven't had any mental stimulation through something like training. When you spot that and think pup could be tired, place pup in their crate or an exercise pen with a food stuffed Kong for a bit to help him calm down and rest. Also, know that mouthiness at this age is completely normal. It's not fun but it is normal for it to take some time for a puppy to learn self-control well enough to stop. Try not to get discouraged if you don't see instant progress, any progress and moving in the right direction in this area is good, so keep at it. Commands that increase self-control in general and teach pup calmness are also good things to teach. These commands will take time to teach of course, but they can also be a great way to create your own puppy class with pup. Heel article - The turns method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-poodle-to-heel Down-Stay: https://www.thelabradorsite.com/train-your-labrador-to-lie-down-and-stay/ Leave It: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite Out - which means leave the room: https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-to-teach-a-dog-the-out-command/ Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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I can walk him when no one is around and he listens and heals. As soon as he sees anyone, he goes crazy barking and lunging. He’s so big he pulls me over. He’s great in a dog park with both people and dogs. But if they approach on a walk he lunges and is so big I can’t stop him. I have a pinnch collar, use treats, etc. help.
Hello Stephanie, I suggest hiring a professional trainer who has a lot of experience with possessiveness, aggression, reactivity, and rude behavior. Check out Shean O'Shea from the Good Dog and Jeff Gellman from SolidK9Training on YouTube. Both specialize in aggression and reactivity - this sounds like leash reactivity or possessiveness of you. Jeff from solidK9Training especially has a lot of how to type videos on aggression and reactivity. A general obedience protocol to build respect for you is a super important part of this training - pup isn't respecting and trusting you by pulling you around, so that needs to be addressed also. Establishing leadership and respect at home is the first step. Desensitizing pup to strangers while on a back tie leash is next - so he can't pull you around, and practicing a structured heel around people on leash is the next step. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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