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?

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Aug 26, 2014
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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.


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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.

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