Toys for Great Pyr

by MICHELLE
(NASHVILLE)

Russell is a two year old rescue. He's not treat oriented or toy oriented but I am looking for something to keep him occupied if I leave the house for a short time. If I don't he will bark at the window or paw on the blinds. I have tried kong toys, stuffed toys, others but am out of ideas. Thanks.

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Jan 15, 2016
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Remedies for Russell
by: Kathy

Perhaps Russell would like a real hamster, cat, gerbil, guinea pig, or rabbit to keep him company? Obviously, the new family member would need to occupy its own cage, just in case Russell gets a hankering for a snack.

Jan 15, 2016
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Crating
by: DONNA

You need to crate-train your dog while also ensuring he gets plenty of exercise before crating. This is for your dog's safety. The crate will become a safe haven for him.

When you do leave the house, never make a fuss. Just leave. The same for when you go back into the house.

Here is how you crate-train. Time and patience, too.

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

If you need help with this, ensure you have a positive-reinforcement trainer come to help you. Never send your dog away for training. You are the one who needs to learn how to manage your dog.

It will be a trainer who clicker trains and is reward-based training.

Jan 16, 2016
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Crating
by: Donna

Also, make sure the crate is tall enough for him to stand in with a few inches to spare, wide and long enough for him to lie full out and turn around in.

I don't recall if Dr. Yin's crating article talks about tying a Kong full of goodies such as cheese, raw meat etc.

Freeze it and tie it into the back of the crate. Leave the door open, let him come and go as he pleases until he appears comfortable.

Then, you can start closing the crate door for a minute, then let him out. Increase the amount of time, ensuring their is always that frozen Kong tied in the back of the crate.

Once he can start in there for a few minutes, take that time to go outside for a few seconds and then go back into the house. Make no fuss. Putter in the kitchen and then go let him out of the crate.

Continue in this vain, increasing times.

I hope this helps you. You'll hear some people say it's awful to crate when, in fact, the dog will come to feel safe, especially a rescue.

Jan 16, 2016
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Crate
by: Donna

And, yes, get him some squeaky toys. Kong tennis balls are great.

But, as a rescue, he has been shifted around and he is worried that he will be abandoned, again. Once he is crate trained, do practice putting him in the crate, going out and coming back in, again. I think I explained that in my previous comment.

It takes time but it will work out. Lots of patience, too. And, positive-reinforcement only.

Jan 16, 2016
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Chew Chew
by: Ed A from NJ

Great Pyrenees love to chew and crate training is wonderful. However if you use the crate in the wrong way it will not be a pleasant experience for anyone so be sure to get him started correctly. Teaching him what to chew is important also. You need to do your home work and assure what he chews don't splinter or break into a size he can choke on. Last of all excersize before leaving will make him more accepting of the rest your asking him to take. So once you slowly introduce these 3 factors to him you will have a happy, crated little man waiting happily for you to come home.

Jan 17, 2016
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Crate training
by: Donna

Always make crate training a good experience for them. It's' never to be used as punishment. As it stands, your dog is confused and afraid to be left alone, again.

The crate will, again, become a safe haven for them.

Some people think it's a horrible thing when, when used correctly, is the best thing for them until they settle in.

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