Millie was originally found by a rescue and brought in but never claimed. She was subsequently adopted out. After a year, sadly, the people had to surrender her back to the rescue because the neighbours complained about her excessive barking. Please do your research on this breed. You can start here: http://www.great-pyrenees-club-of-southern-ontario.com/Great-Pyrenees-Temperament.html This breed is not for most people.
She is three years old, good with children, adults and other dogs. She plays well with her foster’s resident dog.
Unfortunately, she was shaven instead of groomed. Never shave a double-coated dog. They need their coats to stay warm in winter and cool in summer. The have two big molts in spring and fall and leave white dust bunnies in your house throughout the year. If you don't like to groom, make sure you can afford a groomer or, don't get this breed. They need their nails trimmed at least one a month and a weekly grooming with a slicker brush and comb. Her ears need to be cleaned weekly with an organic vinegar water mix.
She has no rear double-dew claws. Someone at some point had them removed, unfortunately. Normally, they need to be kept trimmed regularly so they do not get caught up in each other.
She is a very sweet girl. She loves to walk but doesn't appear to be that great on the leash because she will zig and zig in front of you. This tells me she may not have been walked much. With consistent walks, she will improve.
She is about 75 pounds so she is not a large girl.
She needs an active family and one who will make her a part of their family. It seems Millie is a Pyr who barks, as she should. They do bark as this is very instrumental for them to deter predators. The barking can be managed by going to see at what she is barking, telling her ‘shhhh’ and all is okay. She’ll stop barking for a moment when you say ‘shhhh’. At the moment she stops barking, tell her ‘good girl’ and to go lie down. You need to wait until she does that and then another ‘good girl’. You need to be consistent with this.
She needs regular exercise, play time with other dogs, go with you for car rides and to be part of your family.
She'll need a large securely fenced yard of at least 5 feet in which she can run and play. Invisible fencing nor tie outs are acceptable. They will go through invisible fencing and with tie outs, they cannot properly supervise their territory.
They will wander with no containment since this is instinctive to them and one of the reasons they are used as guardian livestocks dogs. A leash is a must for walks.
Pyrs needs 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. Never punish a dog. Pyrs may react aggressively if ongoing punishment is ever used. Get a positive-reinforcement trainer in to show you how to manage your dog if you need some help.
The adoption donation for this girl is $350.00
If you think your family would make a good match for Millie, please contact Craig at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in meeting her, please fill out an adoption application http://www.great-pyrenees-club-of-southern-ontario.com/Dog-Adoption-Form.html
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