Why does Mr. Pyr roll over on his back?

by Michelle
(Nashville)

Our rescue dog that we've had over a year is a super dog. But he's stubborn and when he doesn't want to do something he has a this habit that I am losing patience with. Whether it's time to come in from the yard or get in the car after a walk, he will turn over on his back and look at me. I've tried being sweet but he continues to do it. I have to pick him up by his harness and get him going. Along the way, he will sit down and roll over again. I know he doesn't want the fun to end but hey, I have stuff to do. He doesn't appear to do the "submissive" behavior with other dogs, just us. HELP!!!!
By the way, he is not treat oriented.

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Jan 27, 2017
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Behaviour
by: Donna

You have a Pyr. You should have done your research on this breed.

Man bred them so they could have an independent thinking dog who could roam the hills with their livestock without human intervention (except the shepherd).

Pyrs bark to deter predators. This is a must. This can be managed with patience, time and consistency. No 'magic' collars for these guys.

They wander if allowed. They must be contained in a well-fenced minimum 5-foot fencing.

They need some garden to dig a hole in to stay cool in summer.

He rolls because he's not ready to leave, yet. He's having fun. This is not 'submission'.

I'm sorry to say but you are going to have to have more patience with him.

They are not stubborn. Just independent minded. You need to work with your Pyr.

When you want him to come, try getting excited and run with him a bit. You need to work on some training during these times. Only a bit at a time or they get bored. Try a couple of sits and 'good boy'.

When he does come, no matter how long it takes, reward him with a 'good boy'. Liver treats go a long way. No, Pyrs are not food motivated but liver treats will help.

Have a positive-reinforcement trainer come in to help you out.

Too often people will yell at their dogs after it has taken 10 minutes for the dog to come. That doesn't work. You need to reward them every time so they know that when they do come, it's a good thing.

Jan 29, 2017
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Pretty but quirky
by: Nashville

Thank you. I can't tell you how much $$$ I've spent on positive training. Perhaps liver treats would help. I did do the research but one never knows until one has a PYR to really understand all their quirks.

Jan 30, 2017
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Not coming
by: Donna

Think about this.

Your dog doesn't want to leave leave because he's having so much fun.

Thing about how to make going home fun for him and fun once he gets home.

It all takes time. Nothing happens over night. The more you work and bond with your dog, respect and trust each other, the more you'll see that he'll start to listen somewhat and get in tune with you and you with him.

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