two female great pyrenees

by Katie G
(Tennessee )

We have a GP that we adopted from a shelter about 3 months ago, we think she is about 3 or 4 years old. She is settling in to life on the farm pretty well, very loyal and has been pretty trainable, overall a fairly chill dog. We were just given a 10 week old female GP from our neighbor (he owed us a dog since his dogs killed our last one); so we kind of have to keep her. Ultimately we wanted to have 2 GP anyhow but we have heard that it's better to have one of each sex vs. two of the same. The neighbor wasn't able to get us a male.

Any tips on how to make these two friends? So far the older one is NOT happy that the puppy is here. We have limited time to make this happen as our baby is due in 3 weeks and my husband works. any help would be appreciated!

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Sep 26, 2015
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Same sex
by: Donna

You cannot force them to be friends.

At this point, chances are the older one simply is fed up with the puppies antics. Make sure the older one has her own space to go to where the pup can't bother her.

As the pup gets older, a year and half maybe, they will either get along or they will not see eye-to-eye. It could go either way.

It's always safest to have a male and female.

Sep 26, 2015
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No biggie
by: Anonymous

The big rub with pyres is two males. That is the problem comb. A male female is ldea most times but two females will work out. The problem may be as simple as your older girl may not be confident in her own place in the pack yet. Give a little extra attention to the older girl and try to see to her needs first to give her the confidence she needs to know she is still loved and very much wanted. You real problem may be the impending baby. My best advice is to make all introduction at a slow and safe pace. You may find a little extra time and pacientce will turn the tide most of all make sure your confidence level as the true alpha pack members is never in question. By the way the one who owed you a dog should have been made to provide you with exactly what you wanted.

Sep 28, 2015
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More at risk with 2 females
by: Tressie

I have to disagree with the previous poster. Two females in the LGDs are more likely to fight to the death IF they do not get along. Two males rarely fight to the death, but of course can do serious damage.

It does not sound like you have time to work with the pup. I would decline the offer and wait for a male pup to become available, or see if you can find a reputable breeder who will take the little female from you. And don't take on a pup until you have the time to devote to training.

You have not provided details as to why your dog was killed by the neighbour's dog. This is very troubling information. What were the circumstances?

Sep 28, 2015
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Better than expected
by: Katie

Hi all,
thanks for the comments, I appreciate the feedback. I had posted my original concerns the day we got the puppy (which was a total surprise, nor would it have been appropriate to refuse). Since this time, we have been working hard to make sure that the older dog feels her place and appreciated. She has not harmed the puppy and is even beginning to tolerate the puppy's antics, though she doesn't enjoy them still. I am very encouraged by her response and hope to continue to see improvement. We have been able to work with the puppy and will continue to do so. Any other suggestions on training would be welcome as we figure this out. The other advice we have gotten was to take them on property walks together, this has seemed to neutralize things as they both come on our chore rounds with us twice a day.
The dog who was responsible for the death of our first dog has since been put down. (fyi).

Oct 09, 2015
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Working with your dogs
by: Donna

I highly recommend Dr. Sophia Yin as a place to begin. She is a world-renowned vet behaviourist.

http://drsophiayin.com/blog/entry/a-new-friend-for-fido

Again, once the pup comes of age and her character has fully developed, that will be when you find out if they will get along.



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