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Lud
05-17-2010, 04:29 PM
Hi ! I'm a future Pyr owner! This question was probably asked a hundred times already but here goes. Many people when I've told them I was getting a pyr told my to get ready cause they bark alot apparently. However, this will not, if it is the case change my mind on getting my puppy. So is this true, or do they just not know how to raise their dog? second, if it is, any tricks I should know? thanks!!!

LilMissPris
05-17-2010, 04:35 PM
Earplugs! and lots of patience! :D

Chicag0_Red
05-17-2010, 04:49 PM
Hi ! I'm a future Pyr owner! This question was probably asked a hundred times already but here goes. Many people when I've told them I was getting a pyr told my to get ready cause they bark alot apparently. However, this will not, if it is the case change my mind on getting my puppy. So is this true, or do they just not know how to raise their dog? second, if it is, any tricks I should know? thanks!!!

I offer the following link for your education and entertainment:
EVERYTHING YOU'RE ALWAYS ASKED ABOUT A PYR (And Never Want to Answer)
(http://sonic.net/~cdlcruz/GPCC/library/evrythng.htm)

but for a short answer... yeah they have been known to bark a little.

Biggest trick ... forget everything you have ever learned about training a dog. especially the roll and pin method of establishing dominance. You don't train a Pyr so much as show them what is acceptable behavior while earning their respect. I also notice you have a cat... that is a good start you should be somewhat used to the Pyr personality.

_Red

vin63
05-19-2010, 11:54 AM
Pyrs bark, but so do a lot of other dogs. Our neighbor's Dachshunds bark a 1000 times more in one day than any of my Pyrs, past and present, combined. Some training will help mitigate the excessive barking, but to think you can eliminate their barking is unreasonable. My male, Sebastian, barks sometimes in the house if he thinks someone is approaching the door, or if another dog nearby starts barking. But, after being with us (he was a rescue) for a few years, now, he doesn't bark too much in the house. He is allowed to bark outside during his fence patrol and perimeter checks. After that, he's usually satisfied.

Yellowvespa
05-19-2010, 12:08 PM
Hi ! I'm a future Pyr owner! This question was probably asked a hundred times already but here goes. Many people when I've told them I was getting a pyr told my to get ready cause they bark alot apparently. However, this will not, if it is the case change my mind on getting my puppy. So is this true, or do they just not know how to raise their dog? second, if it is, any tricks I should know? thanks!!!

Mine is only 9 weeks, so I'm sure the barking will come. But she does bark more often then my lab does. BUT, she barks for a reason. She'll bark to be let out of her room. She'll bark when she sees my kids playing and she can't get to them. She WHINES A LOT in the middle of the night. But, normally, this only starts when she hears my neighbors dogs barking, which then causes the ENTIRE neighborhood of dogs to bark.
My husband just goes downstairs and tells her to go back to bed and she does. That's worked for us.
I'm sure the voice will find itself more so!

Bellagrrl
05-19-2010, 04:28 PM
Ok, now I am thinking that Bella is REALLY weird because she rarely barks. Unless she saves it up for when I am gone at work and then barks when I don't know it--that whole 'tree falls in a forest' thing. She barked once yesterday out in the yard and I was so proud of her! It was a valid alert, even.
Maybe she's not all settled in here (been a little over 3 1/2 weeks)yet.

jmanz6
05-19-2010, 07:01 PM
Leo barks when his voices tell him there is something to bark at (that doesn't mean there really is, mind you). He is much better than he was at a year old but it is still more than our Lab. However, when our lab does bark he is pretty easy to redirect, when Leo barks he is not satisfied until HE is sure the danger has either passed or has been sufficiently warned. We always tell him, "it's a good thing you're cute".

Amatrine
05-19-2010, 08:44 PM
Oh yes; I have one of those barking dachshunds. She barks louder than all the huge dogs around here.

indypyrenees
05-19-2010, 09:32 PM
Dottie barks at anybody and anything (even invisible bodies and things). Makes me feel safr she let's me know everything.

risestar
05-19-2010, 10:51 PM
A barking breed they are without question. Its not a training issue, rather a trait hard wired into their brains, and trying to stop it is as natural as asking you to stop breathing. However they are most likely to do so if left outside, and they are then "on patrol"

Some are bigger barkers than others, but usually they will stop or bark very little if brought in for the night. They still bark during the day, but not as much as they can visually see things that are making noises, rather than at night where they usually hear things but cannot see them

jmanz6
05-19-2010, 11:02 PM
Oh Leo hates it when he can't see what is making noise! As dusk approaches, he gets on high(er) alert. He is convinced that danger is going to walk out if the darkness and get us all. Living with an LGD is something that is difficult to describe but enjoyable as long as you understand why they do what they do. Leo isn't a bad barker but when he does go off it's sometimes difficult to turn him off, even inside.

pyr haven
05-20-2010, 02:11 AM
well at least in the pyr's mind! i remember reading a post here by chiqoul about the bark. this time our pyrs barked more than usual, we cudnt see anything but kept the dogs safe for the night just in case. the next am, i found 1 pyr calmly and quietly guarding a cornered snake and the other pyr stationed in front of the goose pen but watching the snake. the snake has eaten all our 4 new gooselings. there has been 2 other occassions where their barks were valid and the safety of our family and livestock assured. well, other dangers of course, can be also birds, nextdoor cat in our truck engine, my kid's playstation in the other room...:D

i also know of small and miniature dogs tat bark like crazy just like vin63 posted. for pyrs, it is their job to bark and in their nature. whenever i praise my babies for barking after assuring them its no danger, they look real happy about a job well done

Jeneanxo
05-20-2010, 06:28 AM
I am listening to Hopper bark right now... and holy moly is he a barker. not in the house, just outside. we have a neighbor that runs by every morning with her 2 dogs, and after that it's on! he's like a psychotic dog. it can be pretty hard to redirect him after that... but bringing him in the house will do the trick.

subeat
05-20-2010, 08:20 AM
For us, the hard part has become getting Buddy to actually come inside at night. He likes to do his night patrol and bark for a bit, but when it is time to come in he wants to play. He pretends he is coming, gets within a couple of feet of us and sits down. Once we take a step toward him, he throws his head around, runs a few feet, then turns to see if you are following like it is all the greatest game. We have resorted to bribing him with treats to get him in the house. No problems coming in at any other time of day, and once he is in the barking stops for the most part.

Davey Benson
05-20-2010, 08:56 AM
The very first coyote cry will work Polar Bear up into a frothy lather, he will pace the back yard if he is in it. (more like running the perimeter) If he is outside, he will make big figure "8"s intersecting in front of the house, around to the East, around to the West, barking all the while. "Go P-Bear Go!" Sissy will tag along but she is as silent as a shadow. Just about the only time she barks is when she's in the back yard and her brother is out. Then she barks, and she sounds just like Polar Bear. I've got no ideal why one barks and the other one doesn't.

risestar
05-20-2010, 05:16 PM
Mines more laid back with coyotes he will let them howl nearby and just watch and occasionally bark but if the come too close to the house or the other animals he will forcefully send them on their way

Lud
05-20-2010, 07:51 PM
thank-you so much for all the wonderful replies! What a great forum, I will be checking in and asking more questions! I am still resolved to getting one :P I can't wait until he is born.

risestar
05-20-2010, 09:56 PM
Definately

If you've done the homework and are prepared to meet the challenges you will find the breed uqique and unlike any dog you've ever owned

PyrDad
05-21-2010, 06:37 AM
Cheval, my male 100%, is a barker, when I'm not home. If it's the wife, kids or alone, the dogs bark (or I'm told) at anything they feel is a threat. When I'm here, one or two big barks and from me a loud "IT'S OK!" (has to be loud to be heard lol) and we're done, usually.

Meaghan
06-02-2010, 02:41 PM
Oh the barking.... Brutus and Sampson are almost 10 months old and the barking is reletntless lately!!! Thank goodness they have a deep bark (vs. a high pitched yippy bark!)... but nonetheless I'm sure the nieghbors are loving us. They usually bark at each other or birds/squirrels/turkey's but lately it seems that they bark to just bark. If we tell them to stop, they will, but then will start up the minute we close the door... bringing them inside will stop them too.

I'm thinking about trying a citronella collar ~ just to see if it won't curb some of the barking (although I know that they are just doing thier job!)... I hate to have to bring them inside all the time, especially with the great weather outside.