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Great Pyrenees Discussions / bark collars that spray contain poison?!?
« on: February 23, 2008, 08:17:27 am »

So after reading many posts and websites about bark collars I decided to buy one and try it out on Marley. I sort of chickened out of the shock collars, not because I think they are cruel but because many seem to go defective and shock unnessarily. I bought one of the spray collars - gives out a spray of non scented mist that is suppose to startle the dog and annoy him and he stops barking. As I am reading the fine print on the cartridge it explains how this is poison, to not get it on your hands, in your mouth eyes etc and to contact a poison control center if you happen to ingest it!! how is this ok for dogs??

Hi everyone, I know this is a hot topic for many people and I don't want to discount personal opinions as we are all free to express them however I am looking for some discussion from dog owners that have had SUCCESS with anti-bark collars. I am at the point where I have to try one and would like to hear some feedback from those of you that have tried different varieties.

I have a great pyr and he is almost 2!! big baby!!


Great Pyrenees Discussions / winterized dog house pictures
« on: February 11, 2008, 10:52:22 am »
Hi everyone, A couple people have asked me to post some pictures of the house we built outside for Marley.
His house is in a fairly large pen(basically is only in here over night). We built it about a foot off the ground so he has a ramp to get in. We put in a plexiglass window and set up a solar light over the enterance way to the dog house that charges all day and has motion sensor for the night (he's spoiled  :))
We created an L shape for wind blockage and added a tip out in the front for shade in the summer and from the rain and snow in the winter. It isn't fully painted yet so looks a little ugly on the outside but all he cares about is how comfy it is. We covered the inside of the sleeping area with pine shavings that he spreads all you can see in the pictures. Let me know if you have any other questions ie: material used etc..


Great Pyrenees Discussions / Till what age can you start crate training?
« on: February 05, 2008, 04:31:52 am »
I have been reading from many of you that you crate train your dogs. I have never tried this...didn't until now know much about it..
Marley is almost 2. If we eventually get him to sleep overnight in the house, do you think this would be an option at his age? I wonder now if when we have tried having him sleep in the house and he has cried all night, it is because he has always been "in the house" as in no crate.... advice?

Great Pyrenees Discussions / 4 hours of crying...sobbing really!
« on: January 20, 2008, 12:27:27 pm »
I am so at a loss. :'(
Marley has responded well to hanging out for awhile in the basement where it is cool and chewing on a bone WHILE WE ARE THERE WITH HIM. Once it is bedtime, we the point were I honestly was worried about his wellbeing. I tried bringing him into our bedroom with us and he still cried.... I let him have the run of the house to see if he would like to pick his own comfy spot...he sobbed... All he wanted was to go sleep outside. BUT the minute he goes out he we really can't let him carry on barking all night anymore. Last night after about 2 hours we put him in the garage and he cried himself to sleep. I get choked up just writing that. I don't have kids so perhaps I haven't toughened up like some of you when it comes to knowing the difference between a pup wanting to get their way and letting them cry (although after 3 hours...??) and - is there something really wrong with my dog?

Bones, treats, games all work until it is bedtime.... I feel sooo discuraged. If he didn't bark ALL the time outside I would happily oblige to letting him spend his time there but that is what got me into all this in the first place. Is there a dog whisperer out there?? I am desperate...

Marley's mom

Great Pyrenees Discussions / Evening #2 indoors...yikes
« on: January 18, 2008, 11:06:29 pm »
Just thought after the great comments from everyone I would send a little update. Tonight is Marley's second night inside with me....I am on the 45th minute straight of loud whining and crying. It is really hard to occupy him with anything other than him wanting to stand at the door and cry or pace around the kitchen. I know this will take time but it is SO hard to see him so upset  :'(

Hi everyone,
Thanks for all the advice on "the great barking debate".
Seems collars are not the popular or worthy choice. It does seem like many of you keep your pyr's indoors quite a bit - at least at night. Perhaps the fact that Marley is outside ALL the time is why he seems to never stop barking. For example...he has been barking at the wind for about 45 minutes straight so I have brought him into the garage. Problem is... (and I admit it is mostly my problem) he is now whining and crying. I don't know if I hate that worse than hearing him bark!! lol. Is that a breed traight to be whiners and cryers or with persistence on my part to let him cry and get over it.. will he stop? That is generally why he is outside all the time. If I bring him in he whines till I let him out. I know having a winter coat he is hot if I make him come inside... and I think some of his panting is a little of the "drama queen" in him. Has anyone else gone through this? At a little under two years old.. is it too late to convert him into a night time - inside the house- dog? I should mention that we live in a cold climate 6 months of the year -10 sometimes -20 and then he comes into 20 above zero...don't know if there are health risks.. I suppose I should ask a vet?

Great Pyrenees Discussions / Pyr owners with Irish Wolfhounds
« on: January 16, 2008, 10:35:47 pm »
Hi everyone,
I have noticed quite a few pyr owners have Irish wolfhounds. This breed has always interested me and even more so know that I see how many pyr owners have them as companions for thier dogs. I have a few questions... they seem to be a very rare breed to find - at least in my area (Ontario). What is a typical price to pay for a pup or young adult? Do they pick up on the barking and guard properties that a pyr has? Is it true that thier life expectancy is only 6 years? Any info would be awesome. I would love to learn more.

Great Pyrenees Discussions / Multiple dogs???
« on: January 06, 2008, 10:27:23 pm »
Hi everyone,
I notice that many of you have more than one dog. I am especially interested in Pyr's. I have gone back and forth about getting a second dog ...or perhaps another animal such as a goat or sheep for Marley to guard. I suppose the biggest reason I flip back and forth is that we travel a few times a year. If we go by car eg:camping we take Marley with us. We can't always do this if we are going places by plane. More than one Pyr will make this even harder. On the other side of it, Marley is an outside dog - I would love it if he came in the house more but he LOVES it outside and would much rather lay on the deck and look inside than lay inside on the floor looking out.   Marley even sleeps outside.For this I think that having a few companions to spend time with outdoors when we can't be out there with him would be great for him....
Can Pyr's be happy on thier own? Are they more independant as a breed or are they happier in two's or three's? do you know that introducing another dog to the family will be in your dog's best interest as opposed to making him feel like he is no longer your one and only?

Great Pyrenees Pictures / A snowy Pyr is a happy Pyr
« on: January 05, 2008, 10:19:50 pm »
A pyr in the snow is like a Canadian at the beach!

Introduce Yourself to the Forum / Hello from Ontario Canada
« on: January 05, 2008, 09:44:20 pm »
Hi everyone,
I have just joined this site and I can't get over all the great people that are willing to share thier experiences and advice! I am the lucky owner of a male Great Pyr named Marley ....named him after Bob Marley  :D
We got him when he was 4 months old and he has grown into a snuggly young man of almost 2 years now!! He will be 2 in March. Time goes by so fast. He is a pure breed and was born with a mask of black on his face just like zoro. He has lost a lot of it now but is still cute as ever. I am so happy to have found a place where there are other pyr owners to discuss this fantastic breed.

Thanks everyone! look forward to chatting with you all about our wonderful pyr's!

Great Pyrenees Discussions / The great barking debate
« on: January 05, 2008, 09:32:42 pm »
So as I was well aware GP's love to bark. I thought from what I read that I would have more success training Marley to only bark for things like - notifying us when someone came on the property etc... Instead he has declared himself neighbourhood watch. I am honestly not THAT bothered by all his vocal efforts however even though we live in the country and the houses are separated by at minimum 3 acres...a couple of the neighbors have made comments. I am a bit worried someone will make a formal complaint. All this to say I have been trying to find out either additional training tips or what the successes are of using a barking collar. Thing is, we have an electric fence and therefore he already wears a second collar on his neck when he is out of the house or the pen. Adding another collar for barking is going to start to make him look like Mr.T! Those logistics aside...has anyone had any issues or successes with handling excessive barking and in regards to collars, has anyone had good experiences with the barking collar that makes a high pitched sound?


General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Great Pyrenee Help
« on: January 03, 2008, 08:39:51 pm »
Hi everyone,
I am new to this site and seeking some advice. I have a 1.5year old GP and he is scared of everything! I have taken him to obedience class and agility class to try and build his confidence. He is good for awhile and then seems to regress. As of recently we have bought a new truck. He is so scared of it that he won't even go in the front of the house anymore. I put him on a leash and tried to walk him a bit closer gradually  to the truck to show him it was ok. Now he is running away from me!! I am at a loss as to how to proceed. I don't want to force him as it seems to not do much good....but when I try and give him time to find his own way, he gets more and more skiddish... any suggestions would really be appreciated.

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