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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Personal space
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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space
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.

Dec 02, 2018
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Neglectful owners or not??
by: Lora

Neighbors of mine rescued...and I use that word loosely, a Great Pyr and tend to be very neglectful with him. At the crack of dawn they put him outside and leave him out come rain or shine/heat all day until late at night. He barks and cries and scratches on the door. All they do is open it up and tell him to be quiet. Rarely do they take him for a walk and they never interact with him out in the backyard. When they go on vacation a neighbor watches this sweet dog and his whole personality changes. He's affectionate, happy and receives tons of attention. The female owner I found out works at a Great Pyr rescue. You would think that she would have some knowledge of how to take care of a dog especially a rescue. I don't know...maybe I am wrong. I have talked with them and she told me I was basically a liar when it came to telling her about the dog barking all the time. Personally it is not the dog that bothers me, it is the fact that they are lousy pet owners. I'm seriously considering getting a hold of the rescue where she works but like I said maybe I'm the one that is wrong.

Dec 03, 2018
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Neglect?
by: Donna

If you feel the dog is not being looking after properly, contact the proper authorities, that is the local SPCA.

If you are concerned, do contact the rescue, as well, where she works although rescues only have volunteers. Perhaps she adopted him from a shelter?

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