Alone time

I am thinking about adopting a Great Pyrenees dog/puppy. My main concern is how the breed does when left alone for the day? I have a job that requires me to be away for at least 8 hours during the day. Some days I can take lunch to go back home but not all the time. I plan on either letting the dog roam in the back yard or in the house (perhaps getting a doggie door). Does the breed become destructive or get upset when left alone during the day? Should I consider another breed?

Comments for Alone time

Average Rating starstarstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

Aug 26, 2014
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Alone Time
by: Donna

No breed of young dog should be left alone for so long although many are left alone. The mature ones can usually handle it since they sleep more.

If you get a puppy, it will need to go out regularly throughout the day to do its business. An older dog can hold it longer but maybe you would get home to lunch more. A new dog in the family will also need some time bonding with you. Having a positive reinforcement trainer is highly recommended to show you the ropes so to speak.

A young dog will become destructive if left alone for too long. They need a job to do, and they need exercise and playtime. Mostly playtime at a younger age. Young dogs should be crated when you aren't home for their safety since they will get into some trouble. Having said that, they shouldn't be left in it for more than 4 or 5 hours providing they have had enough play time/exercise previously. Dogs do not like to mess their crates.

If a dog is well-balanced, has had guidance and good training, and/or a routine, they shouldn't be destructive as they get older. Pyrs generally don't mature until five years of age.

Never leave your dogs in the yard when you are not home. Their barking may disturb the neighbours and thefts of dogs have been known to occur although I'm not sure anyone would dare try to steal a Pyr from its territory.

I hope this helpss you.


Aug 26, 2014
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
This question is much more tricky then most think
by: Ed A New Jersey

It seams the standard answer is that GP are very independent thinkers and as long as you can limit the distance they can wander (because they tend to wander off) they will be alright. I am sorry but I dislike that answer all be it basicly true to a point. Here is the way I look at it. If you get a GP I can promise you he or she will change your life for the better, loving you, guarding you, entertaining you and deadicating his or her life to you. So my question is what will you do for his or her quality of life? Will you bring him happiness? Will he feel your love or will your bring him joy? Or is this to be a one sided relationship where you reap the rewards and he gets a cold lonely ex distance roaming your property. I know some work for there whole life and I understand that. But I would be a miss to not point out these wonderful dogs can be so much more and deserve so much more. With there wonderful attributed you will miss so much and short change not only the dog but yourself. I just say open your mind to all this dog can be, you won't be sorry.

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Great Pyrenees Questions.








Breaking News

  1. Neutering

    Dec 02, 20 02:12 PM

    Is it safe to neuter a 5-year old male? I see different answers everywhere. Thank you

    Read More

  2. Darby

    Dec 02, 20 09:52 AM

    *ADOPTION PENDING* Darby, a year-old Maremma, came to us with some fear issues. Anne, our trainer, assessed him to be fearful of other dogs but with work

    Read More

  3. Protective

    Nov 19, 20 07:00 AM

    I have a 5-month-old Mel great Pyrenees named Koda. We've had him since he was 12 weeks old and are absolutely amazed by how quickly he was able to work

    Read More

  4. Darby

    Nov 18, 20 02:29 PM

    This beautiful young year-old Maremma needs to have his confidence built up. We are working on this and is to be continued by his new people. He is fearful

    Read More

  5. Sunny

    Nov 18, 20 02:26 PM

    *ADOPTION PENDING* This young white fluffy mix is a sweet girl who is typical of her primary breed. She gets along with other dogs with proper introduction.

    Read More

  6. Dewclaws - Single and Double

    Nov 18, 20 12:08 PM

    I got three pups from a breeder and 2 of the pups have double dew claws in the back but the 1 only has single dewclaw in the back how is this possible

    Read More

  7. Oliver

    Nov 09, 20 12:45 PM

    Congratulations to Oliver and his family. He has been officially adopted! DOB: March 30, 2019 This big white fluffy––Maremma maybe Retriever cross––came

    Read More

  8. Tucker

    Nov 09, 20 10:06 AM

    Tucker is a 2 year old Great Pyrenees who is a wonderful pet. He enjoys the park and long walks so he can sniff everything. He is our big baby who watches

    Read More