Space - Dog needs personal space?

by erik

wondering how do i know if my great pyrenees needs space

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Jun 01, 2018
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by: Donna

It would be the same as knowing when a person needs personal space.

If it's your own dog, you come to know. If he walks away and lies down, he wants his own time.

Pyrs are aloof creatures by nature and like a lot of their own time since that is for what they were bred. That is, to do their guardian jobs without intervention (except for grooming, feed, water and health checks) by humans.

They don't crave the attention that some other breeds do.

Sure, they like their tummies rubbed or show happiness in seeing you. If you walk by your dog and they wag their tail and/or roll onto their back, they'll take the belly rubs and attention.

If you approach and they walk away, leave them be.

Jun 02, 2018
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by: Anonymous


Interesting question....a ton of parameters. How old is your dog? Is your dog employed on your property as a guardian of stock? Do you spend a lot or just a little time with him beside you? Was he well socialised as a pup? Are the parents pure/working stock dogs or not?
Pyrs are naturally aloof. It is inbred. They are self-directed and confident dogs. Hundreds of years of careful breeding for a specific working life, made them this way. We have met a few (sort of) very aloof individuals. We have met some whose MO is instant fierce posture first ask questions later, suspicious characters. Then there's the in-between ones, who really don't see any benefit in close human relationships.
So, the one question that comes to mind is always early socialisation of the pups. To what degree does that factor in to how much human companionship an adult dog requires?
Our pup was super socialised...from birth. The seven pups in the litter were from a working dad and a 'family pet' mom. Children played with them and they interacted with the many clients of the family's home business, on a daily basis. All of them were comfortable with a constant, and large variety of humans.
As an adult, our dog's early socialisation pattern is clearly evident. He simply adores children. He's busy. He's a nosy neighbour. He's a social butterfly. Surrounded by children he becomes as soft as a marshmallow. Surrounded by adult humans he gently works the room, and generally then flops down in the middle. Space has never been one of his requirements.
Your dog may always be aloof. If he's young you may still be able to acclimatise him to be more social, if that is what you wish. It is very clear that they remember everything that they experience in the first 8 weeks of life. Your dog will tell you, in his own way, whatever he needs from you. Its good to listen and respect his choices.

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