Great Pyrenees have for centuries been bred as dogs of war. Over time people have started breeding them for home use and they are one of the most cherished dogs in the world.
These dogs are regal, independent and aloof compared to other dog breeds. The independence of the dogs is shown when you call them: they usually come when you call them but not on the first call.
Due to their independence, they can easily disrespect you. To be on the safe side you should not tolerate any signs of disrespect.
For example you should not tolerate any show of dominance or aggression such as growling and snarling. In case you notice any of these signs you should punish him immediately.
One of the best ways of punishing your dog is by temporarily removing him from the pack. While this method of punishment is effective when training the dog, it works best with puppies.
If you are training a Pyrenees puppy, you should decide in advance what his function will be. For example, you should decide if the puppy will be a family companion or a livestock guardian.
Once you have made the decision you should train your dog depending on his function. You should note that changing the dog’s environment tends to confuse him. To avoid this, you should raise the dog where you want him to be.
For example, if you want him to be a livestock guardian, you should ensure that he grows up with the livestock. The same thing applies when you want him to be with the human family-you should ensure that you raise him within a human family.
It’s the nature of Great Pyrenees to want structures and boundaries; therefore, it’s important that you train and let them know where they belong in the pack. One of the major things that you need to do is to let them know that you are the reader of the pack and they should respect you.
When doing this you should remember that the dog is very large; therefore, you should respect your place as the Alpha member of the pack.
One of the best ways of ensuring that the dog respects you is by treating him with care and respect. Here you need to ensure that most of your interactions are positive. While maintaining a positive approach, you should ensure that you are assertive in what the dog has to do and what he doesn’t have to do.