Shedding,traing and extra toes

by Heather A
(Texas)

I have a beautiful, giant, loving, goofy dog. He is a great Pyrenees and I wouldn't change him for the world. At the moment he is an outside dog. I mean I treat him no different than my other baby (Malachi)(my boxer) we have paly time, baths, and feeding time. The only difference is that Malachi is an inside dog as max my (Great Pyrenees) stays out side. The reason is he sheds way too much, not to mentioned the issue of controlling his potty issues, and chews on just about everything. So I guess what I need advice on is............ 1: how to stop and /or shedding 2:Potty train 3: chewing habit PLEASE AND THANKS BUNCHES ADOLPHS WIFE

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Feb 20, 2016
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by: Ed A from NJ

First the shedding and boy do they. You will never stop a Pyrenees from shedding and the best thing you can do is brushing a lot of brushing. It helps to draw out the loose hair. But they will shed do get a really good vaccum. As to potty training if you keep him outside you will never house train him. As hard headed as a Pyrenees can be they are smart and house train quickly with consistant training just like your boxer.Last as to chewing. Sound like a young dog so get lots of big beef bones from the pet store he is teething and will settle down one his teeth grow in. In the mean time focus his chewing on things that he can chew without upsetting you. I sounds like you may not have done your reading before getting the Pyrenees but at this point you want to do the reading and understand the breed. I hope one of them is female.Good luck give your Pyrenees half a chance and you will fall in love.

Feb 21, 2016
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Training
by: Donna

Since he is an outside dog, make sure he has a dog house and clean water always. No tie outs. Make sure he has a securely fenced yard.

You need to house-traine him. When he is in the house, watch him. If he looks like he is about to squat, quickly take him outside and when he pees/poos, tell him 'good dog'. Whenever he awakes from his sleep, take him right outside to do his business. Make sure he has regular walks to do his business. Always praise when he does his business outside.

Here is some info on how to train:

http://drsophiayin.com/blog/entry/is_my_male_shih_tzu_being_a_s_when_he_potties_in_the_house


I don't know where you live but there will come a day (about 2 years) that he will start to bark to warn off anything (including butterflies) that he deems to be a predator.

You need to groom him regularly to keep his coat from matting. Keep his nails trimmed including his dew claws in front and the double ones in the rear. Also, if you feed a good quality food, shedding will not be as big a problem but they still shed year round. And, two big molts a year.

It's unfortunate you did not do your research on this breed first.

He's obviously a puppy. He must be crate-trained so when in the house and you are not home, keep him in the crate but for no longer than two hours at a time. When you come home, take him immediately outside since their bladders are still small. Keep him crated at night so he stays safe from chewing. It also becomes his safe place.

How to crate train:

http://info.drsophiayin.com/crate-training-handout

Make sure he has lots of toys, squeak toys, Kongs filled with goodies. Make sure you put away anything he can chew. If you see him chewing something you do not want him to chew, give him something he can chew.

It takes much persistent, patience, time and consistency to train any dog. They can't train themselves. It's up to you to make him a good canine neighbours.

Here is another article:

http://drsophiayin.com/blog/entry/perfect-puppy-in-7-days-my-puppy-is-too-perfect-what-now


Feb 24, 2016
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Training
by: Donna

And, this should have been first, make sure to take him on regular walks. First thing in the morning, noon, afternoon and before bed. One of those walks should be a longer hike.

Feb 28, 2019
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shedding
by: Anonymous

My GP is shedding like crazy. I will vacuum and come down stairs in the morning and there are puppy size riffs of hair everywhere.

I have all wood and tile floors so getting this hair up is easier than carpeting. I did discover the best vacuum to use is a shop vac. Much better suction and big piles of hair dont clog the tubes like on a regular vacuum. I found an accessory that attached to the hose too that is designed for dogs. It combs the hair then sucks it right in. Shop vac and dog brush accessory were a total of $80.

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