Great Pyr Rescue - Louie
Louie has found his forever home. Our thanks to his new family. This was his story...
Beautiful 3-year-old Louie was found as a stray by a good samaritan with whom he is presently living. The original owner, a farmer, was tracked down. The farmer closed down the sheep operation so didn’t need Louie to watch over his sheep, anymore. The farmer’s brother used to torment Louie. Between that and not being exposed to enough people, he has trust issues. He warns by snapping at people.
He needs people who know how to work with this breed and manage an untrusting dog. Patience and treats go a long way to making him a better canine citizen. He has not had a bite.
He presently lives with his good samaritan. They have children with whom he is fine but it’s the visiting ones that aren’t always welcome by Louie because of his fear of the unknown.
Double dew claws.
Good in the car.
It is preferable that he goes to a working farm as a guardian livestock dog because that is what he knows.
As a Pyr, he does bark more than other dogs. This is one of the tools that allows them to do their job to warn off predators. They dig holes in your garden to stay cool in the summer, and shed at least twice a year and will leave white dust bunnies throughout the year. They will wander since this is instinctive to them as they are used to wander with the livestock for which they care.
They must be contained within a large fenced-in area of a minimum of six-foot secure fencing in which they can run, play and look after their property. Tie-outs are not suitable since this does not allow them to properly patrol their territory. They have been known to go through invisible fencing so this is also not acceptable containment.
Pyrs need patience and consistency in their training and someone who will work with their instincts. They are independent thinkers and, therefore, only listen if it's worth their while. Treat them as partners in a dance where you lead the way.
Again, it is preferable that he goes to a working farm as a guardian livestock dog because that is what he knows.
And here is an update from his new family...
Louie is doing MUCH better. He no longer attacks the sheep and can even walk quietly among the lambs. I have him tied to a tire in the field with them and let him loose while I am there. He has been great. I don't want to trust him yet with the lambing ewes; but there are only 8 more to go. Then, I think he will be ready to "be free" all, or at least most of the time. I knew that he would finally come around; so wasn't too worried. Molly still doesn't like him though, just tolerates him. But there have been no more fights.
Molly has always been "queen B", plus My dog. Louie made her step down, and is taking over some of my attention. (They are more than LGD's to me. :-) ) Both would be reasons for her to be put out.