Pyrenees interactions with small dogs



What are some suggested ways to keep my Pyrenees from playing rough with my 2 10lb Maltese? We just got our Pyrenees, Titan and he is 6 months old. Our Maltese are Harley a boy who is close to 3 and Snowie our girl who is almost 2. Thank you.

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Dec 29, 2015
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Pack
by: Anonymous

Small dogs typically are the issue but the big dog gets the bame. Not sure if it's your case. Training and walking your boy. Controlled walks. Work his brain. Make sure everyone has the same consistent rules in the house. Crate training is also a good idea

Dec 30, 2015
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puppy play
by: Anonymous

The thing is...he's a puppy. He's on a pretty steep learning/growth curve. Are the older 2 dogs already spayed & neutered? If not, this could soon become an issue between the 3 dogs.
You should not leave your 3 dogs unattended until your pup has shown you he has some control of his puppy impulses (about 2 yrs. old).
The 2 small dogs will forever be intimidated (fearful) of the much larger pup, and there will always be the potential for aggression. Your Titan will never back down from a challenge.
If they were mine I would discourage play between the 3 dogs, and encourage quiet time/sleepy snuggles at all times when they are together. Teach them they must be gentle with each other. If you can find a canine play date pal for Titan closer to his size and equal to his strength, that would be best. He needs to learn a lot of respect for other canines he will meet over his lifetime. Your small dogs are not equal to this task.
Make sure you permanently remove all the dog toys you presently have that squeak, as these enhance prey-drive. Besides that, those toys sound much like the sounds your small dogs make, and your young Pyr will not know the difference.
It will be up to all the family to be consistent in always keeping life inside your home for the dogs calm & safe. Good luck with this. This is not impossible if you set the parameters up now, and then stick to them.

Dec 30, 2015
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by: Ed A from NJ

He is a youngster so he will require a bit of training. But there natural need to guard and protect will help you get past his little stubborn streak. Once he understands they are family and his charges to protect they will be his babies and safer then you will believe. Teach him gentle ness with them with very calm assertive training. With Pyrenees you can't push them you have to lead them. They will feed of your temperament. Show him you are an even handed calm leader and he will be to. You are also fighting a puppy nature so be pacient with your boy and it will pay off 10 fold.Hold on your in for a great ride with an amazing breed you will never want to be without again. One more thing, get a good vaccum.

Jan 01, 2016
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Interaction
by: Donna

First, you have a pup and two small dogs. I hope all your dogs are neutered and spayed.

Titan is going to become very large. You have created potential for a dog getting hurt. You cannot make a large dog play gentler with 10 pound dogs with a 100 pound dog. This makes no sense. Titan is probably playing as gently as he can.

It's like me playing with an elephant. No matter how gentle he is, chances are, I would get hurt.

You may have to keep them separated and see if you have a neighbour who has a dog large enough to play with him. He has a lot of energy and needs much exercise and playtime every day.

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