We are so very happy that Zoe has found her new family. He was looking for a dog who would be hard to place and Zoe came along. This is what we call a good match. Here is what Brian says:
I think Zoe has settled in quite nicely, I know I have. She is very friendly with the neighbour's dogs (3) and plays regularly with one.. free runs in the back yard.. She covers a huge amount of distance in just a few strides... her ideal home would have been a home/farm on 100 secluded acres.... as long as it came with great love.
I will still do one of my planned camping trips this summer, see what there's to learn from that and a 3-week road trip out to Kamloops may be in the offing for her... At any rate, the adventure continues
Zoe is back in our care. Her owners boarded her with us and never came back for her.
This was her story:
6 year old Zoe was surrendered by her elderly owners because of her barking and bolting.
She knows all of her commands, is very polite, and obedient at home. She jumps fences, jumps through windows and screen doors and bolts given the opportunity. She will need a home where the family will work with her on this vice.
Zoe is shy with people whom she does not know and, initially with dogs that are unknown to her. She is very affectionate and protective of her people and of her property. She is not aggressive towards animals or people when she is off her property. She is very gentle with children and small dogs.
Zoe walks very well on leash and is very curious about her surroundings when she is on walks. She rides well in the car and enjoys car rides.
They require a good weekly grooming with a slicker brush and comb to keep them mat free and their skin healthy (hence, pain free from the pulling of mats as they move), and cutting their nails including their dew claws every couple of weeks to a month. They molt twice a year and all year round so your vacuum stays full. NEVER shave a Pyr. Their double coats keep them cool in summer and warm in winter.
Their instinct it to wander. Therefore, they require at least a 6-foot secure fence in a large yard in which they can play, run and watch over. No tie outs for these guys. It can lead to aggression since they cannot fully watch over their territory. If they are out all day, as they usually prefer, they need shelter from the elements and fresh water.
They bark more than most dogs and neighbours do complain. That is a common reason for people surrendering their Pyrs (they didn't do their research). Their bark is what deters predators and it is instinct to them. That and marking their territory. To take away their bark is to take away who they are. The barking can be managed but it takes time, patience and consistency with positive-reinforcement training.
They dig holes in your garden to stay cool in summer.
They require a lot of socialization as pups onward with people and other dogs. They also require positive-reinforcement training (a trainer who shows you how to work with a clicker). Pyrs, nor any dogs, take kindly to any kind of punishment. It will lead to aggression.
It's important to work with the dogs as if in a dance and you are leading. Rewards for good behaviour and redirect for unwanted behaviour. It's up to you to make them a good canine citizen. When engaging a trainer, ensure they use positive-reinforcement training and show you how to manage your dog. Never send a dog away for training. You are the one working with the dog, not a trainer.
To train a Pyr is not like training some other dogs. They are not eager-to-please and just as soon walk away from you than do as you say. They have been used for years as guardian livestock dogs because they do not require human intervention to tell them how to do their job. Lots of patience, consistency and time is required to work with them. If you want an obedient dog, this is not the dog for you.
They require regular walks, of course, so they get out and see the world. They must be leashed because they will wander. Again, because they are so good at wandering they have been used to wander with sheep as they watch over them.
There are those in need of a home because someone didn't realize they would get so big, bark so much, leave so much hair in the house, wander, and require work. Or, they ended up going to a backyard breeder or farmer and ended up with a dog who was aggressive because of bad breeding. Or, they forgot they travel a lot or a baby is on the way and they just don't want the dog, anymore.
It is very important to do your research on any breed before deciding if they are a good match for your family. Please start here:
We never want to see these dogs fail so it's important that children learn how to behave with dogs and that parents never leave their children alone with a dog. Here is a link on that subject:
If you think you are a good match for Zoe and would like to meet her, please contact Dr. Carol Graham at (613) 853-3005 or (613) 855-6439. Leave a message and she will return your call.
You will need to complete an adoption application before you meet her.