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Great Pyrenees dog

krfitz
March 16th, 2008, 08:46 PM
We adorepted a male Great Pyrenees dog 3 weeks ago. We noticed he was a little shy of men. He loves females. Today my husband was talking on the phone and the dog started growling and went after him. I don't know what to do-he can be very gentle and loving but tends to get very aggressive with males without cause-we don't want to get rid of the dog but also can't take a chance he may bite someone. We have two children (one is male age 13) and he has snarled at him. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!! He is very large and weighs 100 lbs so he can be quite intimidating.

Frenchy
March 16th, 2008, 09:06 PM
May I ask where you adopted this dog ?

the gang
March 16th, 2008, 09:11 PM
i think you just might need help from a trainer, and maby just my:2cents: you might want hubby to take over for a bit with the feeding and potti breaks good luck if you need more help were all-- here. brenda and the pins.

coppperbelle
March 17th, 2008, 06:43 AM
I would definitely seek out a trainer and as also recommended your husband and son need to start taking care of feeding, walking, playing etc... He needs to know that good things come from men also. There has probably been some abuse in the past.

One thing that concerns me is that he initiated the attack.

krfitz
March 17th, 2008, 09:37 AM
We adopted the dog at Colorado Humane Society. He came from a shelter in New Mexico.

Frenchy
March 17th, 2008, 12:16 PM
We adopted the dog at Colorado Humane Society. He came from a shelter in New Mexico.

Oh , so I guess you can't find out about his past (uasually helps to figure out why he's acting this way) but yes , working with a trainer or behavior specialist would be your best bet.

happycats
March 17th, 2008, 12:44 PM
Would love to see some pics, I just LOVE the great pyr! :lovestruck:

Frenchy
March 17th, 2008, 12:47 PM
Would love to see some pics, I just LOVE the great pyr! :lovestruck:

Me too but will the OP be able to do so with only 2 posts ? :fingerscr

happycats
March 17th, 2008, 01:01 PM
Me too but will the OP be able to do so with only 2 posts ? :fingerscr

well if OP spends a couple minutes in the March TJT that shouldn't be a problem!! :D

Frenchy
March 17th, 2008, 01:05 PM
well if OP spends a couple minutes in the March TJT that shouldn't be a problem!! :D

:laughing: anything to see pics :thumbs up great pyrenee :cloud9: another breed on my "must adopt one someday" list :D

happycats
March 17th, 2008, 01:09 PM
:laughing: anything to see pics :thumbs up great pyrenee :cloud9: another breed on my "must adopt one someday" list :D

Me too!! I love BIG doggies, especially the flock guardians! I have always wanted a Kuvasz too! They are not to common for adoption and I refuse to "buy" any dog, I'm sure when the time is right, it will happen :)


SORRY :offtopic:

crochetdiva
March 17th, 2008, 02:33 PM
I have had two pyranees in the past. Both were gentle giants. I can't imagine the damage one could do if it turned on someone tho. The problem with adopting dogs is that you don't know their background.
If you plan on keeping it definitely get professional help. I never heard either of my dogs ever growl. One time an agressive pit bull (raised poorly) came into my home uninvited and the pyr just stood looking down at if from the top step. The other dog turned on its heels and ran off. Even then my dog didn't growl.
We did adopt a standard poodle that was aggressive to men. My husband finally made us get rid of him because every time he went near my daughters the dog attacked him (drawing blood twice). Apparently that dog came from a home where there was physical abuse towards two young girls from the stepfather. Long winded, sorry.

mastifflover
March 17th, 2008, 02:53 PM
It definitely sounds like he was abused by men. My last rescue Buddy was abused by men and was very fearful of them but it can affect them exactly the opposite where they become aggressive toward them. I totally agree your husband and son need to get really involved with dog especially doing things that the dog likes and feeding. I would suggest you do involve a specialist also. It takes time to develop the trust. I really think you can turn this dog around and have him become a great dog to your whole family.
The problem with adopting dogs is that you don't know their background.
It is a chance you take but usually worth it. Rescue dogs make the most loving and loyal dogs I have ever owned. They have seen the bad and cherish the love they get.It just takes time and patience and lots of love

happycats
March 17th, 2008, 06:11 PM
The problem with adopting dogs is that you don't know their background.


I believe the opposite, when you "buy" a puppy you never know what it will grow up to be like. If you get a dog from a good rescue the rescue will give you a complete background as to the dogs likes and dislikes, and temperment, as most are being fostered in homes with families and often other pets as well.

Another thing about rescues, is they always seem SO grateful to their new family for saving them.

Frenchy
March 17th, 2008, 10:01 PM
Another thing about rescues, is they always seem SO grateful to their new family for saving them.

ohhh yes indeed they are ! :thumbs up

SARAH
March 18th, 2008, 09:24 AM
I second that!! To the point of being a little too clingy sometimes :D but so what?

Kuvasz ... pretty dog! I'd adopt a Hovawart though, but not too many of those available at rescues either, even relocations from the original breeders.

A Pyrenee is usually, like all the big breeds, a pacifist unless it's atacked directly. It was origianlly used to protect the sheep from wolves, leaving the herding to the smaller pyrenean shepherd. It's not really an agressive breed. The troubles you have must come from his past family, and I agree you probably need professional help before something bad happens.

SARAH
March 18th, 2008, 09:25 AM
I second that!! To the point of being a little too clingy sometimes :D but so what?

Kuvasz ... pretty dog! I'd adopt a Hovawart though, but not too many of those available at rescues either, even relocations from the original breeders.

A Pyrenee is usually, like all the big breeds, a pacifist unless it's attacked directly. It was origianlly used to protect the sheep from wolves, leaving the herding to the smaller pyrenean shepherd. It's not really an agressive breed. The troubles you have must come from his past family, and I agree you probably need professional help before something bad happens.

krfitz
March 22nd, 2008, 10:37 AM
Well we thought we had the problem figured out-my husband and son are "now accepted". Last night my son had a friend over-he loved the dog. The friend was on the computer and tried to pet the dog-the dog snarled, and went at him!!! He never bit him-but just his size is very intimidating!! I don't want people to be afraid of my dog or stop coming over completely. Now what???

the gang
March 22nd, 2008, 01:18 PM
he thinks he is the boss, remember your top dog!! do the training with the leash attached to you when he does something you dont like correct him good luck