(In Z Woods)
Ask hubby if Roman is one of the best dog he ever known... the answer would be a solid "yes".
(Except the many stories here of course... Roman haven't saved my bacon yet nor have he defended his family against a bear... or a bunch o' flock from barn fires etc.)
Still... it is amazing to own a Pyr.
Seriously, I don't think we'll ever go "non-pyr" ever.
Short story of a pre-memorial firework (was for May 5th celebration I believe).
From our deck, we can see the fireworks... at the park.
It was the first ever firework display for Roman... so he got a tad bit over excited.
He of course have to let his parents "know" of the possible danger "threat". He seriously growled at it... and bark too.
"Woooo-woooo RaaaaaGraaaaa woooo-Woooo"!!!
(Well I always preached to family never to be alarmed with Roman's growls as it is always non-aggressive growls... not the warning to a bite kind. Mostly play growls from him and he does not growl much even that.)
This time it is quite a serious "grown" growl... like "I'm serious" growl... also kinda "worried" too.
Now... how do I know there is no aggression attached to that growl too???
Simply... after telling Roman how "pretti" the firework is, calming him down by touching his mouth, he proceed to open his mouth to let me touch his tongue (he calms like that, its weird). Then me his mommy acting out the "playbow" position complete with wiggly butt & tongue hanging out (mock pant).... He totally loses interest in the "scary" firework (loud & bright, can't miss the presence), proceed to fretch me his play jug to play a game with him.
Firework... not an issue after that.
So yeah... if you actually "listen" to your Pyr, you will know what they are trying to tell you...
But, you do have to be willing to try & listen plus trust in what they are trying to tell you.
While I do believe in consistency in training... I will only "test" Roman with his trick runs about every week or every other week... not for my lack of time either. I am "his" velcro mommy after-all.
I just "trusted" him to remember all that I teach him and to date... never missed any trick or commands. Trust well earned.
I am ever wary of him thinking even for an instance that I "doubt" in his decision or smartness.
(If I start to doubt him... he probably will trust me less too)
"Trust" is a hard thing to earn... could be very easily "lost" if not held on preciously.
And yes, its all in the Great Pyr's superb memory...
(To not miss a trick or forget an insult)
P.S. He went to the park, learned how to swim & loves to swim. He did drop off the deck into the deep end of the water... while it never gave him fear of the water, he remembers to avoid the deck side deep end though.