Leaning into me

by Barbara Palmer
(Sulphur Springs, Texas)

Bear and Bentley

Bear and Bentley

My great Pyrenees, who I rescued in January, is probably the sweetest dog I’ve ever had—and I bred Labrador Retrievers for 30 years. My question is he constantly leans into me when we are walking across the yard and it’s like he’s trying to push me and almost get in front of me. I don’t know if it’s a protection issue or what. Also, he has two big mats kind of underneath and behind his ears and I don’t know if there is skin in those mats or what. Thank you very much for your help. Also, I would like to know the best way to get him to be friends with my three labradors without trying to dominate them or go after them.

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by: Donna

It's really hard to say about the leaning. Pyrs are leaners when they are saying hello. Without seeing what is going on, I can't give an informed opinion. Is there something he is protecting you from such as other people or dogs?

As for the mats, carefully groom them out a bit at a time with a slicker brush. As much as he'll take. There isn't usually skin in there but if you look carefully you can see what is going on better.

Make sure to groom him weekly so you can keep up with any mats.

We always recommend a male-female combination. You've had your dog for awhile. Is it the males he doesn't get along with? This can be normal.

There are high-ranked dogs down to low ranked dogs and submissive dogs.

Here is a description of ranking of dogs by Dr. Ian Dunbar:

Dog Communication

I hope this helps.

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