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
My beautiful Pyr would do that when he wanted to get his way during our afternoon walks to get the attention and a pat from his adoring public! I would then command him to sit up, and ask the passerby’s to please not touch him as he was in training.
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Our dog is a rescue we have had for 5 months. She gets alongwith our 2 cats and is very good with people. The problem we have is when she see another dog she wants to run towards it and challenge the dog. One time see saw a person walking her dog in a park and we were about 100 yards away. The lease slipped from my hand and she bolted towards them. A dog fight occured and the owner was able to grab her coller. She just gets out of control when other dogs are visible and all commands are ignored. Any advise that could help us out?
Hello David, I suggest watching several of the videos on dog aggression that are free on SolidK9Training's YouTube channel and website. I suggest hiring a trainer who specializes in aggression to help you implement the training on SolidK9Training's website and YouTube channel. https://youtu.be/y2DqELwfuew https://www.solidk9training.com/ 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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