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    Default Aggressive Great Pyrenees

    My Great Pyrenees Mannie is about 1 year old and he is intact. The other day I was in the barn with my goat's and he started fighting with the buck. The only thing that was different was the goat was trying to stand next to me. They usually play together and they get along very well but I could tell there was a difference. Mannie is very jealous of anyone or anything that comes between me and him. If the goat's are getting attention he quickly pushes them away and sits between my legs. The only other time he showed aggresion like this (besides over food) was when my boxer was standing over me and Mannie was sitting at my feet. Mannie started growling and kept trying to fight with my boxer even after we got them seperated. Mannie tries to break down the gate whenever he sees me come outside, he cries and barks until he can get to me. One time I was hiding outside to make sure he wouldn't jump the fence and he about drove himself crazy trying to find me. My biggest concern is we have children and visitors frequently and they get in the pasture with the goat's and dog (I always make sure I've introduced everyone before I let them in) i have noticed that if I "pet" or hug one of the kids that he will nose in and I'm afraid as he's getting older that he will try to fight them like he fought the goat and my boxer

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    I assume that you have a question...and that it might be related to Mannie's aggressiveness.
    Um....he is at the age where he should start showing signs of his testosterone and assert his ability to "take charge"
    unless there is a good reason to keep him intact, you might want to look into neutering.
    Our Rudy was fine up until he was about 2 1/2, then he started showing sings of protecting me from my husband....not necessary nor a behavior we would tolerate.....he was neutered. He still has moments of "grumbling" not growling...but now defers to my husband & calms down.
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    I would do two things:

    1) Talk to your vet about neutering him, and ruling out any medical causes for his behavior.

    2) Get in touch with a behavior specialist (a behaviorist or a trainer who specializes in behavioral issues), and work on getting into a good routine with him. If you can find someone who has experience working with Pyrs, even better. I would advise you to avoid anyone who bases their methods on "dominance theory", though, as most Pyrs do not subscribe to that school of thought.
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    I agree with suggestions that have been made and would just add that I would exercise extreme caution with your boy around children, whether they have been introduced or not. Your boy is showing signs of aggression and taking matters into his own hands when he doesn't like how something is going. This is potentially a very dangerous set-up for Mannie and people/animals coming into contact with him. I would make the changes suggested but also keep him contained or not allow people in his areas until he's made some progress with his aggression issues.

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    Your young intact male has claimed you as his own. This is a form of resource guarding which is a dangerous behavior that can easily intensify over time. His being intact is for certain making him more determined and intense in his single minded desire to keep all others away from you. I would urge you to read up on resource guarding, particularly try to find articles about resource guarding humans. Educate yourself on the behavior then you can decide whether you are going to need professional help. In the meantime, it really would be best if you keep him away securely confined when there are visitors and children around.

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    Default Altered male pyrenees agression issue

    My great Pyrenees - Hank- was altered at 6 mths. He is aggressive towards my border collie male about once a week, usually when he is jealous of the attention. Just wanted to add this so that you know even though altered and he and my collie are only 4 mths apart, they grew up together, but Hank still asserts his dominance and gets jealous.
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    Your young intact male has claimed you as his own. This is a form of resource guarding which is a dangerous behavior that can easily intensify over time. His being intact is for certain making him more determined and intense in his single minded desire to keep all others away from you. I would urge you to read up on resource guarding, particularly try to find articles about resource guarding humans. Educate yourself on the behavior then you can decide whether you are going to need professional help. In the meantime, it really would be best if you keep him away securely confined when there are visitors and children around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jlee10 View Post
    My Great Pyrenees Mannie is about 1 year old and he is intact. The other day I was in the barn with my goat's and he started fighting with the buck. The only thing that was different was the goat was trying to stand next to me. They usually play together and they get along very well but I could tell there was a difference. Mannie is very jealous of anyone or anything that comes between me and him. If the goat's are getting attention he quickly pushes them away and sits between my legs. The only other time he showed aggresion like this (besides over food) was when my boxer was standing over me and Mannie was sitting at my feet. Mannie started growling and kept trying to fight with my boxer even after we got them seperated. Mannie tries to break down the gate whenever he sees me come outside, he cries and barks until he can get to me. One time I was hiding outside to make sure he wouldn't jump the fence and he about drove himself crazy trying to find me. My biggest concern is we have children and visitors frequently and they get in the pasture with the goat's and dog (I always make sure I've introduced everyone before I let them in) i have noticed that if I "pet" or hug one of the kids that he will nose in and I'm afraid as he's getting older that he will try to fight them like he fought the goat and my boxer
    This is puberty. Not all humans are assholes when they are teens, but plenty are - the same is true of dogs. Just make sure you're consistently correcting the behavior and they will grow out of it. I'm not a fan of neutering because it locks puppies in an immature mental state and gives them a higher chance of having health issues later on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stacy Skaggs View Post
    My great Pyrenees - Hank- was altered at 6 mths. He is aggressive towards my border collie male about once a week, usually when he is jealous of the attention.
    Jealous of attention is a form of resource guarding. Your attention is the resource. Altering a dog will not change resource guarding aggression

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