Will your Pyr attack another dog while out on a walk?


(Grimsby, Ontario)




While out for a walk a neighbors small yappy pup came racing off her porch and my dog Pandora pinned her down and bit her in the neck area which caused me a vet bill.

Another time while in the park Pandy was playing with another dog then charged off to attack a hairless type little dog on a leash with their owners - do not know why she, which seemed out of the blue, to run off about 100 meters to attach this dog, which then cost me another vet bill to stitch her up.

Pandy is rarely let off the leash now and never when another dog is in sight that she has not yet met.

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Jan 11, 2013
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attack vs disciplin
by: Anonymous

I have a male that disciplines messed up dogs, which is majority of them. I had a little yapper run at my male, jump at his shoulder which is always dominance, he so quickly disciplined the dog, but there was never a mark on the dog.

My dog is very even tempered and knows imbalance when it sees it and knows how to discipline, but doesn't leave marks. IT looks very scarey. The dog ended up being suppressed and crying but ended up sniffing my male.

I think your dog needs some rules, that's all. Knowing what acceptable and what's not. I"m sure if your dog wanted to, the dog would've been dead. Sorry you had to learn the hard way.

Jan 13, 2013
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No reason for biting
by: Marianne

My first comment is the standard package,'A healthy and true Pyr will not attack without provocation.'

However, there are three things that come to mind:
1) Do you have a pedigree for your 'Pyr'. Maybe there is something mixed in there that would account for this behaviour. The only way to know is to do a DNA test. They cost about $50 and you can do it yourself, send away to the lab for results.

2) Would there be a health issue? Some hormonal imbalances show up as aggression in certain instances. You could have blood panel done to see if there is not something out of kilter. Thyroid comes to mind.

3) ...and the most likely to my mind: you need to do or re-do some obedience training. You haven't said how old he is or where you got him, how long you have had him or given much in the way of contextual information so it is difficult to tell much other than hypotheses.

it seems to me he is either challenging you or has already been allowed to do as he pleases without having been properly corrected. Was he running off leash when this happened? If this had happened before, why was he off leash?
It seems you need to take control, walk him among other dogs on leash only, keep tighter reign on him and do a lot of re-training with 'Nothing in life is Free' in mind.

Some food for thought. Hope it helps.

Jan 12, 2014
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My Pyrenese has no tolerance for yappy dogs on leaches.
by: Anonymous

If a dog is on a leash and yapping at her she will attack! If any dog comes up to her without a leash, she will show it who is boss and that is the end of it. That smaller dog knows it and will submit. Yappy dogs on leashes think they are protected by their master and as a result do not submit and pay the consequenses. I did not know this and would often walk my pyrenese through parks and at one point I could hear some dog crying out in pain. My Dutchess has attacked a Doberman on a leash. Very embarassing. I never walked her without a leash again. ( She had been a farm dog and became a city dog) Another time later I was entering my home and Dutchess was waiting for me to open the door. She spotted a small dog on a leash crossing the street and imediatedly ran over and had a word with this dog didnt like the response and attacked it. I dont think she hurt the dog but the elderly lady could have had a heart attack! I walk my Dutchess on a leash always. I do not trust her wit dogs on the street on a leash. I will cross the street and walk her on the other side if I see another dog. She would pull me across if she could.
My son has two dogs that come to visit and she will always remind them with a gentle but deep growl that she is the boss and should be respected. Once that is done she will play with them. I have tried very hard to do the dog wisperer thing with her to no avail.
She is nine now. still fairly good health. I am the only one with ther strenght, power, to be able to walk her as a result does not get enough exercise and is over weight. I would not recomend a large Pyrenese for City living. She deserve much more. But we sold the farm and she came with us. She also antiqued my new oak floors that I installed in my house. Also the new doors.
She loves children and cats. Cats will sleep on her stomach. I guess she has a bit of an ego.
We love her very much and she understands English quite well.
We will miss her dearly when she is gone.

Jul 04, 2014
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Dog reactive
by: Donna

This sounds like your dog is dog reactive. I would keep space between yours and other dogs and no dog parks.

Have a positive reinforcement trainer come in to help you with this. Your dog can become manageable but will never be able to off leash and must always be introduced to dogs properly.

Just from what you are saying, you need to catch your dog before he goes over the top in reaction. When you see another dog, or see your dog looking with that alert look, teach him to look at you when you say 'clever boy', he looks at you and he gets a treat. This creates a diversion for him and it's makes for a much calmer walk.

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