Adopt a one year old intact male

We are considering buying a one year old intact male from a family. He is from a loving home. I thought it might be easier than getting a new puppy, especially since the GP seem to be young for a long time. But I am seriously concerned about bonding and possible aggression. I have children and teenage sons and worry that a one year old dog may be aggressive/fearful of them since we are not ‘his flock’. We also currently have a five year old neutered male dog. Thanks.

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Jul 08, 2020
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Research
by: Donna

Have you done your research on this breed? About the Pyr.

Know that Pyrs are not aggressive by nature. If this is a stable dog, he will settle in fine. It takes two to three weeks to start to settle in. He will watch and learn how you react to him and you will learn his reactions to him. His true self will start to emerge after that.

Pyrs are rehomed, sadly, all the time and they adjust just fine if they are already stable as in well-bred and properly socialized and handled as pups. They are more resilient than people that way.

When you do get him, train him to the muzzle just to ensure he gets a start to success if you are unsure of his reactions. He should also be crate-trained so when you are not there, he goes in the crate to ensure his safety. It's also his safe and secure spot. His place to go when he wants to get away. Keep him on the leash in the house and outside until you get to know him and his reactions.

Why are these people giving him up? Make sure he has no bite history.

And, do get him neutered. Males will wander for miles in search of a female usually leaving behind puppies. It will also cut down that frustration for him.

Do join this fb group called Dogs are Awesome Masterclass.

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Big decisions
by: Anonymous

Yes. I have done a tremendous amount of research on GP. I know they are calm by nature but also protective and territorial. That’s why I’m looking for advice.

Also wondering how long it would be until we are his ‘flock’. I see pro’s and cons with adopting a year old pup. It’s a huge decision for us.

The family rehoming him have his parents as pets and now have decided three dogs is too much to handle.

We did rescue a year old male mix breed before who had been abused. He was the best dog ever! But there were issues that we were never able to fix.

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by: Donna

Protective and territorial, yes. But, when well-socialized and handled and well-bred as pups from reputable breeders, they allow invited guests into the home. They are aloof to strangers which is fine.

As with any breed of dog, they have to settle in before they get to know you. As I said, it will be two to three weeks before they settle in.

Get into the training so you can create a close bond with him. Sign up for Recallers with Susan Garrett.

I've only ever had rescue dogs and they've taught me so much.

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