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  HELP NEEDED WITH GREAT PYRENEES AND OVERLY SUBMISSIVE (keng)
Posted: 8:56:20 pm on 7/24/2007 Modified: Never
 
<font face="Verdana" size="2" color="Black"><P>Hey guys I have a great pyrenees pup he is 7 months old and it seems like we are not gettin anywhere.<BR>He is still shy and kinda scared of me, which I do not understand as I have done nothing but try and love this guy. He is affectionate to me but very submissive. If I walk to him he puts his head down and roles on his back. I have never touched this guy nor layed a threating had on him. I though this breed was a great protector and herder. What is up with this guy, what do I do?</P> <P> </P></font>
 
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  Re: HELP NEEDED WITH GREAT PYRENEES AND OVERLY SUBMISSIVE (Guest)
Posted: 11:46:46 pm on 7/24/2007 Modified: Never
 
Pyrenees do not become protective until they are older. They do not mature until they are about 2-4 years of age. It might be that a male was abusive to the pup before you got him, he might be picking up on your frustration, or responding to voice tone. As soon as he starts to act submissive, ignore the behavior, dont say anything about it and walk away. He wants your attention. You should never scold him and just start reinforcing positive behavior that you want. He will learn that if he flops, you will leave so as soon as you see him not flopping or trying to stay upright, praise him greatly. In the dog world, a deep voice tone is construed the same as a growl. A high pitched voice tone is perceived as good or happy. You might have to change your voice tone and start reinforcing him when he stays upright, just a few "good boy" will do. When he starts to flop, dont say anything, just walk away and ignore him for a few minutes until he gets back upright and then try and few minutes later. Alot of time, people are reinforcing things they dont realize. Good luck, another thing you might try is contacting a Great Pyrenees owner group maybe through yahoogroups.com
 
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  Re: HELP NEEDED WITH GREAT PYRENEES AND OVERLY SUBMISSIVE (Guest)
Posted: 11:39:47 pm on 8/14/2007 Modified: Never
 
<font face="Verdana" size="2" color="Black">I agree greatly with the post on how to deal with the submissive dog. Might I also suggest you think about your body language? The post made me think about mine. I have a dominant style body language. Can make it hard to deal with a very submissive dog. All I want to do is snap on a lead; they roll belly-up and pee themselves! Think about how you are standing when the dog rolls belly-up. Is your body tense and looming over the dog, or relaxed and loose? You might try changing your position/posture and see if it helps.</font>
 
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