Acts weird around the boys after moving out and coming for visits.

by Michael
(TN)

7 year old male acts weird when the boys come home to visit. Milo is 7. I notices 2 years ago when my oldest moved out that when he returned to visit Milo would grovel and treat him like a stranger. It's was like he didn't remember him. It would pass after a while but I thought it strange. Last week we sent our youngest to college. After being away for 9 days and returning Milo acted the same way. Treated him like a stranger and even showed his teeth when he went to hug him.

Milo is attached to my hip (always) but has always been close to the boys to. They have loved on him for years. If I come home alone he waits to see if they come thru the door. If you mention there names he goes to there old rooms to check for them.

When this first happen with the oldest I always thought it was because he was the roughest with Milo. They use to wrestle like bothers do. They would go at each other until I broke it up. It was funny that I would have to send the dog and my son to separate rooms. I know it sounds strange but they both new how to push each other buttons. They played hard but always out of fun. But the youngest has alway been sweet and gentle with Milo. It broke my heart to see Milo treat him like a stranger.

When the boys leave Milo acts like nothing happened. I tell him Bad Boy and he just looks at me wagging his tale. No remorse.

If anyone has seen this or has an explanation please share.

Thank you!!

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Sep 05, 2017
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Protective
by: Nashville Anonymous

When my lab was about 3 or 4 he got snippy with male vet. I switched to female vet and he was fine. Your pyr might have become protective of you. Try a neutral welcome in yard or on porch next time boys come home.

Sep 05, 2017
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milo
by: Anonymous

Believe it or not this could be a punishment to the boys for being gone. he doesn't understand why they left just that they deserted the pack and when they come back they smell funny with strange smells. And I believe Milo is asserting his place in the pack and saying "u r now on the bottom and I am above u!" I found out of 15 dogs I owned my Great Pyrenees was the most sensitive emotionally.

Sep 08, 2017
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challenge
by: Anonymous

Have you considered that perhaps the dog never did understand that the rough-housing was 'fun'?
That, if it was rough enough for you to have to break it up and 'send them to their room', your male dog may have felt that he was constantly being challenged?
Did you not consider that once vanquished (gone from the home) that these 'challengers' may not be a welcome presence in his space on their return?
Do your boys come home and expect to take right up with the dog where they left off, still thinking that 'it's just fun'?
This 'fun' is your human description of what has been taking place. Your dog is telling you he doesn't appreciate this. Believe him. Your boys must from now on come into the home with respect for your dog's position as your guardian, and not assume they can 'play' rough, again. They must never assume that it's their right to approach him now as they always have, in the past.
I suggest you research what play is, for dogs. It's exactly what it is for rambunctious teenage human males. Think about it.
Take this seriously. Your dog is.

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