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.
He decides he does not want to move and lies down. This started happening in the past two walks.
I can't get him to move so I usually wait a few minutes.
Hello Michelle, First, see if you can determine why Clyde won't walk since this was recent. Did something happen that scared him? Has the weather been bad (very hot, cold, or wet)? Are joints or paws bothering him from arthritis or another issue? If you find a specific cause then work on addressing that. For example, if it's fear, work on spending time in the area that makes him nervous and doing fun things there like playing, giving treats, and relaxing. If it's a medical issue, go see your vet. If it's a temperature issue then if you can take extra measures to help him Stay warm, cool, or dry enough, do that. If the pavement is too hot or cold, look into purchasing dog boots with rubber soles with good traction. If there isn't an underlying issue and he simply doesn't want to walk because he would prefer to do something else, then I suggest using a prong/pinch collar for a short time, teaching him "Let"s Go" or "Heel" and when he refuses to walk, give a small correction forward with the leash, then reward him with treats when he keeps moving with you. Only do this if you are sure there is not an underlying reason why is stopping that needs to be addressed though. Check out the video below for how to properly for and use a pinch/prong collar. https://youtu.be/M3iczULPcdE Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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