She Loves to bark very loudly.

We have a most beautiful Great Pyr girl 2 and a half years old,weighs 98 lbs, no fat at all, very fit, speyed at 6 months of age, loves to run and play with other dogs, loves riding in our vehicles, loves socializing with everyone in most cases.

Away from home she can go anywhere and never barks, until she was a year old we were afraid she couldn't bark.

At home it is a different story, she barks very loudly at almost anything, a person walking by , far away, a leaf falling, or a butterfly going by, or a rabbit 50 yards away. At home she just seems to be hard-wired to bark at anything and everything.

She loves almost everyone except mail carriers, crossing guards and unfortunately policemen, and she really hates these people. She growls and snarls when she sees them through the windows of vehicles she is riding in. She is so loving and gentle with everyone else, it is hard to understand.

We have a 6FT high fenced yard for her to run in, but she has to be on a leash if out of our yard, she will walk with us off leash for 2 hours or more but then decides she wants to go off running on her own, and we can't let her do that due to her personality traits and it is too difficult to catch up to her when she takes off.

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Nov 09, 2015
by: Donna

You have a typical Pyr. She barks at all things deemed a threat, even butterflies and roams if outside her fenced area. Pyrs have been used for centuries to watch over livestock because they do roam and they are independent thinkers who don't require a human to tell them how to do their jobs.

You have to make everything worth their while. These are not eager-to-please dogs.

You can manage the barking somewhat. When you hear her barking, you go out and see what she is barking at. If nothing is there, look at her and tell her 'enough', 'all is okay', and to 'go lie down' in a quiet voice. She must go lie down and then you can give her a treat. Be consistent and patient in this training.

As for snarling at uniforms, ideally, if you have a postman who would give her treats everytime they saw her, you'll be amazed at how fast they see the postman a block away and can't wait to see them.

You'll need to clicker train her. It's a really effective way to get your dog over this snarling etc. She'll relate only good things when she sees uniforms after that.

I would suggest you get in a positive-reinforcement trainer to help you.

Here is a short resource video:

I don't know where you live but here is a list of recommended trainers in Ontario:

Best of luck!

Nov 09, 2015
by: Anonymous

That is a great Pyrenees to a tee! I hope you did your reading before you got her because 85% of that is right out of the Pyrenees playbook. I would tell you Pyrenees are great at reading you so as your feelings for a particular situation escalates so will hers. If you get fence she will respond so in those times your calm assertive leadership will tone her down. You need to be the alpha at all times through calm steady no nonsense training and retraining. As to the barking, it is all Pyrenees all the time. The best way to slow her down is bring her inside. She is getting to be a confidant guard now.

Nov 18, 2015
Barking Great Pyrenees
by: Nadine

I have found the perfect solution for barking Great Pyrenees, and for "no, I don't want to come in, when you want me to, mom". At least for me.

It comes in a can, and does not cost a lot. The can is bright red, with a white lid and is called Pet Enforcer. It basically gives off loud noisy blasts of air. I call it, the Dog Whisperer in a can. It makes a similar noise as the Dog Whisperer on TV doses to distract dogs from their unwanted behavior.

I have 3 Great Pyrenees. 2 are re-homes and are almost 8 yrs old now, and I have had them almost 3 yrs. I also have a puppy who is just over a yr old, I got directly from a breeder.

Only the one re-homed Great Pyrenees, was and still is a bit, THE BARKER. One Great Pyrenees owner told me when a Great Pyrenees is barking at nothing, they are actually telling the world they are on duty to protect their humans and other pets. That was exactly Sophie, to a tee.

So every morning, I let Sophie make a short announcement to the neighbourhood that she is awake and on duty. Then I tell her "enough, or I will get "the red can"". None of my Great Pyrenees like the loud sound of the blast of air from "the red can". So Sophie watches the world go by quietly, or at least more quietly.

I don't have to "blast" the can very often so a can lasts me, months. Usually I just have to show them I have "the red can" in my hand, and whatever the unwanted behaviour is, stops. It isn't perfect, but it helps hugely with training out, unwanted behaviour.

Nov 20, 2015
by: Donna

The bark is one of the tools this breed uses to warn off predators. It is their instinct. You should NEVER take it away from them but you can manage it to some degree.

If one does not want the bark, it's the wrong breed for you. It's not fair to the dog to take away what comes naturally and instinctively to them.

If you take it away from them by using quick-method tools, you might end up with an aggressive and frustrated dog.

You can manage the bark with simple work. There are no overnight tricks. You can download these tips on managing the bark by Dr. Ian Dunbar of Dogstar Daily.

Get a positive-reinforcement trainer to show you how if you need help. No punishment ever for this breed or any breed. There are no quick fixes. Time, patience and consistency are the keys.

Jan 06, 2016
Barks at anything, chases cars
by: Kate

Tavis is my 4th Great Pyrenees; the only breed I will own. We moved from a split level to a single story home 8 months ago. Because his first home was on the 2nd floor, barking and chasing cars wasn't a problem. Now he sees everything, which makes him bark constantly. Like the above mentioned "red can", I put pennies and stones in a couple cans and shake them when he barks. I need to be more consistent with that. Tavis also chases cars now. The only way I can manage him is to use a halti collar, which he hates and fights me when it's on. Without it, he has pulled me down time and time again. I must be the slow learner here. After the last incident early December, I no longer take him out to pee; my son does that. I do have a rope that I can put him on without me leaving the house, but I miss our long walks. My last Pyr, Luke lived to be 13. I really need to get Tavis better trained so I can enjoy him as much as he deserves.

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