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Great Pyrenees Discussions / Re: There might be a light in the dark :-)
« on: December 07, 2007, 11:10:12 am »
Great site, especially for a new Pyr owner such as myself. Thanks!

I like the 30-minute down exercise found on the obedience page and will probably start doing that one this week.

Great Pyrenees Discussions / Re: Help!!! He keeps Peeing In The House
« on: December 07, 2007, 03:50:22 am »
If you know anything about Cockers, you know they don't have much in the way of bladder control. Several years ago I adopted a 6 month old cocker who'd been kicked and abused so he had submission peeing problems on top of the usual ones. It took time and a lot of praise but now he rings the jingle bell on the front door, paws the kitchen half-door, or simply sits up, stares, barks, and gives me the evil eye. He is insistent on telling me when he has to go out. He has about a 4-hour bladder and that's tops. My smaller dogs and my big dog can all go for longer times than Riley.

Riley is especially responsive to praise because of his background. He really wants to please. I would think puppies would have similar natures. I did big time praise. In fact, I would bend down and pat him on the head, give him a big kiss, and tell him how absolutely wonderful he was every single time he did any type of business. Over time Riley got it. Riley's smart but he's not a super genius. I would think a Pyr puppy would get it really quick, especially if you added pats and touching.

Hope things have improved! I'm answering this in case someone new comes along....

Yes, he does seem to smile a lot! We're doing gifts early. Last night I bought a crate, a new food bowl, two bags of food, a box of biscuits, and two big jars of treats. To top it off I boiled liver and cut it into pieces so all four can line up in a row and sit to get their liver snack tonight.

I hear he loves bananas so I bought a few of those. My cocker will eat banana bits, too.

Wow, thanks for all the great welcomes. Especially the big red moving one! It's nice to have a place to shout the news.

Great Pyrenees Discussions / Re: Question: Are Pyrs nudgers?
« on: December 07, 2007, 03:00:21 am »
Jack always looks at you and thinks for a minute before following a command.  I always just assume it's the hundreds of years of Pyr instinct to think independently while guarding the flock without the shepherd around. 

Yes, a dog with an independent mind, that seems to be working in Waco. I know he's hearing and undestanding; I can tell by the look on his face and the wheels turning over his head. It's the 20 seconds or so where we stare at each other that gets me. Apparently I'm to learn more patience.

My Beau had selective hearing. The only time he didn't obey was if he decided it was time to wander. Then he would avoid eye contact and make sure he couldn't see me. Apparently if he couldn't see me, I didn't see him. And off he'd go. That's a bit differenet from what I'm getting from Waco.  :D

Great Pyrenees Discussions / Re: Question: Are Pyrs nudgers?
« on: December 07, 2007, 02:56:06 am »
She will push her nose under my hand if she wants attention, and paw at me mostly when I get home. lol  ::) :D

Boy, do I know that pusher action. I guess that's what you'd call Pyr pressure.  :-\ (sorry)

This is my first meeting with Waco the Wonder Dog last weekend at a Christmas dog park event. My grandaughter came with me and brought her stuffed Lab that she named after my dog that had died. Makes me think Beau had angel wings when I found Waco.

Great Pyrenees Discussions / Re: Grooming your Pyr
« on: December 06, 2007, 04:12:06 am »
When I adopted my Pyr the rescue group told me not to have Waco's hair shaved or cut for summer. The larger breeds tend to easily get skin cancer. Because we're in hot, muggy Houston, some do trim the coats so that they're shorter. I have a rake type comb that I've been using. Because I find it sort of therapeutic to brush and tend to the dogs, I usually do the major combing on all my dogs on the weekends. Touchups occur during the week. Waco loves it so much that I've been using it as a way for us to get used to each other, so I've been combing him every night for 15-30 minutes.

Thanks for your well wishes.

I'm sure I'll have more photos when I get rid of this galloping crud in my lungs and have a bit more energy. Waco and I will be attending a Christmas party at the animal emergency clinic where I spent so much time with Beau before he died. Waco already has his Santa hat. He's ready to party on Tuesday.

Great Pyrenees Discussions / Question: Are Pyrs nudgers?
« on: December 06, 2007, 04:04:22 am »
I think Waco may be a habitual nudger. He can't help himself. Whenever I'm at the computer he insists on pushing his nose under my wrist and quickly lifting my hand off the keyboard so that it settles quickly on his head.

He also seems to weigh my commands (requests) before he commits to any action.

That said, he seems to be adjusting to his new life.

Great Pyrenees Discussions / I've taken the leap: Meet Waco the Wonder Dog!
« on: December 03, 2007, 11:41:24 am »
Yesterday was the big day. I drove up to College Station, TX and signed the adoption papers for my own Great Pyrenees, Waco the Wonder Dog. It was so exciting. I stopped off at a store and picked up his own stuffed lamb; of course, he doesn't have the guardian instinct and I don't think he knows how to play so Lambie is laying around. Last night I spent the evening giving him head, neck and body massage followed by a good raking to calm him down. I have three other dogs and wanted to be sure things would be okay.

Only a few minor skirmishes, today even better. Waco is not from Waco. He was seized from a horader with 50 animals in Dallas this past summer. The Texas Great Pyrenees Group rescued him. After Dallas he spent time in Austin, Bryan, Houston, and finally College Station, land of A&M. At some point he acquired his moniker and his trusty red cape marked with a big "W." Someone said maybe it was for "whacko/: Who knows. But I ask you, who could change a name like that?

Today Waco and I went to the vet for a new dog exam. He passed with flying colors. Looks like he's about 2 years old. He's got huge feet but none of the vets think he will grow into them because of the malnutrition, etc. from his earlier life. So he's a bit like a grand Pyrenees only pony size. His coat is not quite a fluffed out as the bigger dogs but that's fine. He's gorgeous. His temperment is so very sweet. All he wants it to be loved and loved and loved. He's literally been starved of human attention and affection. He's come to the right house. This week he'll be with me 24/7. That way I can monitor the other dogs and make sure Waco adjusts.

We made the rounds earlier today. I raked his coat again tonight, then I did the same for the little boys.

Stay tuned. (Thanks for letting me yell out my good news!)   

Great Pyrenees Discussions / Re: How to get your dog to bark?
« on: December 03, 2007, 11:08:53 am »
Okay, I trained Riley, the cocker, to go to the door and hit the jingle bell whenever he wanted to go out. The bell isn't always on the door so Riley trained me to let him out when he stood at the door, looked at the door, and barked. (I think he went to barking out of frustration because he couldn't get my attention when I was lost writing on the computer.)

Riley now moves his food bowl around the floor and will eventually couple that action with a bark if I'm too slow and when he's thirsty he will sling the water dish around and eventually bark if I don't move fast enough. He's managed to put together the fact that a visible action with noise coupled with a bark gets me every time.  :) The food dish is heavy and he will knock it against the cabinets. The water bowl has a different sound when it's slid across the floor.

I actually don't mind it because I do get very preoccupied. When Riley has to go, Freddie the Maltese is ready and willing. So I get 2 for 1. My Shih Tsu will quietly use his potty pad if necessary or wait and go with the others.

Dogs are smart. They may not stop with what you teach them.

Great Pyrenees Discussions / Re: Why Do Pyrs Bark?
« on: December 01, 2007, 07:25:37 pm »
Thanks everyone! Well, it's 9:30 am and I'm getting ready to make the big drive. I have the Flip Video and I'm charging up the camera's batteries. I have a list of things to ask his foster mom. Shopping will be easy as we'll be at a local Petco. My grandaughter is going to go with me to help welcome Waco into our family.

I feel as though I'm making a big step forward. Beau isn't forgotten. I'm sure if he could speak, he'd tell me take another canine angel in like I did with hm and pass it on.

I'll start another thread with photos when we get settled.

Great Pyrenees Discussions / Re: Why Do Pyrs Bark?
« on: December 01, 2007, 08:07:43 am »
Well, this potential "wannabee Pyr owner" is on the verge of becoming an "official Pyr owner." I met my guy today. He's from the Texas Pyr Rescue group and will be joining my little family soon.

If you'd like to see my boy, click on this link:

He's Waco the Wonder Boy!

I pick him up tomorrow at High Noon.  ;D

Wish me luck ... send fencing instructions fast.

Great Pyrenees Discussions / Re: Fence Question
« on: November 29, 2007, 11:58:35 pm »
My Lab had that selective hearing and a small dash of wanderlust. It seemed like he was this perfect dog except for this slightly small teenage spasm he'd have every now and then. He seemed to figure that if he didn't look at me, I didn't exist. So when he wanted to take a hike, he'd avoid eye contact. Needless to say he became a huge leash baby, particularly at night. Seemed to be the same thought process when he did his business. Whoever had trained him had him go to the perimeter of the property.
Beau would go in the bushes and as long as his head was covered and he couldn't see me, he figured he had it made. Didn't matter if his golden butt was hanging out. :)

Dogs can be so funny. Luckily he didn't have an attack of the teenager very often.

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