Wussy

by Michael
(Cedarville Michigan)

I have an eight month old male that we purchased from a sheep farm in the area. We received a low price due to the fact that he was the last of the litter and the owner felt bad as he had been alone for two weeks as he was three and a half months old. Buddy is the best, coolest, gentlest, calmest dog we've ever had. But! This guy is afraid of his own shadow. He's afraid of the snow. Soon adjusted to that and then he saw the snow flakes falling and oh my god. Any object that's in my hand completely freaks him out. Not like he's been hit with it but just because it's unknown I guess. We live in the upper peninsula of Michigan. Any clues on why or how to handle this guy would be appreciated. Oh yea Buddy is around eighty pounds and know that whenever there is a threat he will run right behind my wife and hide.

Mike

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Nov 12, 2014
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fearful dog
by: Anonymous

Find out how to do desensitization. That would be your firs step. There is good info on the web about this. It's not something I can describe in 5 sentences or less.

Once you and your Pyr have learned how to go about that, your retraining is on the way.
by the way, how did you train him?

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you could not be more wrong
by: Ed from NJ

I feel like I have to respond to this, don't do anything to make him aggressive. Rather support him and introduce as many new things to him as you can. Get him around people and kids as well as dogs if you can. The beauty of this breed is as he grows his confidence will to.

As to guarding he just will... it is in his blood. You just make sure he reads you as the leader and he will guard what he sees you covet. One day around two your little wussy will show you the lion inside but what will amaze you is how spot on his timing and judgement will be. This is the true beauty of this breed and one you see him work you will never think of him as a wussy again. If you Google 10 bad ass guard breeds you will find him but Google top 25 dangerous breeds he is nowhere to be found. Now that is a hell of a temperament. Giant smart as to when and where to use it. Wussy? No hardly!

Nov 14, 2014
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Buddy
by: Donna

He needs to be exposed to everyone and everything to which he would normally be exposed to in a day. Use treats, as many as you need to reward him for good behaviour, remove rewards for undesirable behaviour.

When training, learn to lead like as if you are partners in a dance. Buddy needs to trust you.

Here are a couple of excellent websites for training:
http://drsophiayin.com/. http://www.dogstardaily.com/

Genetics may be at play, as well.

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