Great Pyrenees puppies.
I am looking for training ideas and personality traits as a puppy? I am told this breed is very docile but I am the owner of a VERY EXTREMELY hyper puppy that just loves to bite, bite, bite anything and everything and everybody. I want to know if this is normal? Will he outgrow it? Is there some training that needs to be done?
Alexadry just published a hub yesterday on training that breed. JustAskSusan works with Newfoundlands and has some training suggestions for hyper puppies. I also have a hub on how to work with crazy, nippy puppies. I would suggest you read all three.
You do not mention his age nor his previous environment, so there is no way anyone can tell you if he will outgrow it. The early you start socialization the better, so hopefully he is still under 16 weeks.
I adopted him from a breeder at 9 weeks old. He is now just turned 16 weeks on Saturday. I have him in a crate, that might be helpful fact too. Thank you for the advice, I am so grateful and definitely will read all three hubs. Double thumbs up!
Hi DrMark, can you help me find your hub on crazy, nippy puppies? I went to your page and can't seem to find it. Thanks, Vicki
The link is http://drmark1961.hubpages.com/hub/Dog- … ps-Puppies . If HP deletes this, look near the bottom at "How to train a crazy, chewy, nippy puppy". Crates make puppies hyper, so if you can exercise more and crate less he is better off
Thanks for the link! One big problem is when I try to bring Clyde for a walk, he doesn't want to go any further than the driveway. He just sits and doesn't move. I think it's the Great Pryeneese breed?
The walking problem might be his breed, or he might be going through a fearful phase. Is he food motivated? Take some pieces of liver in a fanny pack, give him one to draw him a foot away, then another, etc. If not food, is he toy motivated?
I just wanted to say thanks for that great advice. Clyde is now walking down to the mailbox with me for mail and the newspaper every day because . . he knows there's a cookie for him there. Then yesterday I got him to walk halfway around block.
First rule to remember -- ALL puppies have a lot of energy, even the relatively laid-back breeds . The biting can be a concern, but do some research about teaching bite inhibition, and make sure that the pup has plenty of "safe" things to bite. Don't yell or scold if the puppy bites something he shouldn't (unless it's skin, then screech like a littermate and stop playing), but redirect onto something the pup can have.
As for Great Pyrs being a docile breed...that's both true and untrue. They don't need a whole heck of a lot of mental stimulation compared to some other breeds, but they're still considered a working dog. They still need space and exercise, especially when young. They also mature fairly slow, so "young" will probably apply until the pup is 3 or 4 years old. They're great couch surfers after their daily exercise, at least as adults, but will get antsy and difficult to handle without the exercise.
Yes, he will outgrow some of this behavior. Yes, training always needs to be done. Right now he's the equivalent of a 2-year-old or 3-year-old child in that he won't remember huge lessons, but it's a good time to work on the aforementioned "safe biting" and basic manners. This is the time to get him used to good leash manners, not jumping up, sitting nicely and waiting for the cue to eat his food, playing nice with other critters and people, etc.
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