Can we get honest for a moment….
I have gotten in way over my head with training a dog that is already up to my waist at 7 months old, and is still growing…
The AKC describes the Great Pyrenees as “independent thinkers” and continues on with “standard obedience training will be met with great indifference”.
That description not only seemed at odds with what others had accomplished with their GP’s, but it also left so much unsaid.
Their website included photos of well trained Pyrs like this one (appears trainable, right?):
The Great Pyrenees Club of America’s website lulls you into a false sense of security with phrases like “Pyrs combine a great intelligence with a deep devotion to family and home” and they continue on with words like, “trustworthy, affectionate, gentle and tractable”.
But they hide that adolescent period behind a cloak of “puppyhood to adulthood is a great distance and a considerable time.”
Let me explain what this means…
Imagine all that exuberant puppy excitement and lack of impulse control in the body of a full grown German Shepard or the biggest Labrador you’ve ever seen. AND add in stubborn, smart, and a strong belief that he’s in charge.
This is the hardest breed I’ve ever raised before.
What did I get myself into?!?!
I’ve spent hundred of hours working on “come”, and yet, you can see the wheels turn as he determines if it’s really worth his while.
Usually it isn’t.
He has no issues walking away and pretending you don’t exist. After all, he was bred to be independent and work without humans.
In fact, our puppy classes were a real eye opener as to how different this breed really is. As everyone else’s puppies stared adoringly at their owners, or jumped up and down on their owners for interaction, mine laid calmly at the furthest reaches of his leash away from me.
As if to say “I know you’re there, but i have other things to do than dote on you, lady”.
I’m just saying… if you ever think to yourself “Gosh, I’d really like a Great Pyrenees!”, go find an adult Pyr to rescue (there are plenty out there) and skip the first 6 months to a year.
From the time he was 8 weeks until 6 months, his life’s goal was to gnaw on his human. With little razor teeth that could rend flesh with ease.
Luckily, it seems we’re mostly past that. We’re on to adolescence now. Oh yay…
Anyway… cute pics of Polar:
Pyr’s fold up nice for ease of storage:
More later… It’s time to take Polar for a walk!
Did I mention Pyr’s are pretty low energy? Our walks are 80% sitting/laying and staring at tree lines.
I kind of enjoy it. 🙂