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    Default Biting and snapping at people walking by

    Hello
    Can someone please help me and give me some pointers on how to correct this behavior. My male Great Pyrenees/ Newfie cross will be 3 in June. We recently moved to a remote place in the mountains and there is a bible camp nearby with a trailhead that goes to the border of our property. Whenever someone walks by Greggors runs down to bark at them. We got a complaint that he bit a girl the other day as she was walking by and that the kids are afraid to walk the trail now because our dog barks and snaps at them.
    He used to be fenced up in our old place since we lived closer to town. But now we have been letting him run free since we are so far up in the mountains of MT. Do I need to put up another fence? Is there a training method I should use to stop this behavior?
    We have had him since he was a pup and he has always been vocal at strangers, but never bit any of our friends or family that came over.
    Please help.
    thank you

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    Well remember that pyrs are natural guardians and are very protective of their people and property. I would not let any dog have free roam especially a pyr because they will wander away and become a disa...pyr. Good luck.

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    Welcome Greggorthegriz & family...

    hmmmm...recent move....more to guard...must be on high guard mode...
    remember....a Pyr will usually only use as much force as necessary to warn people off of their property..not sure about a mix tho.

    yes, I think you are looking at a fence, at least some where near that trail head.....however....Bible camp!!!

    I would think they would be a great assistance in help putting up a fence, as a matter of fact, they should be amenable to talking about a solution to this issue.....and I would also put up a sign to let people know that a Livestock Guarding Dog is on Duty....(not anything that says "beware" "danger"... or anything negative)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greggorsthegriz View Post
    Is there a training method I should use to stop this behavior?
    We have had him since he was a pup and he has always been vocal at strangers, but never bit any of our friends or family that came over.
    He's had a track record of being wary of strangers but now you've allowed him to expand his territory as far as he wishes, so he's acting just like he did before, except now there is no fence to keep him back. These children he's threatening aren't your friends or family. To him they're trespassers.

    It's almost impossible to train a dog not to do the thing you don't want him to do if you aren't there to correct it.

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    Thank you. You are absolutely right!

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