Are you ready to train your shepherd dog? You should know that their characteristic energy and liveliness are perhaps the very qualities that could make their training a little trickier. They have difficulty respecting orders, which means that it is ideal to start at the earliest opportunity. Don’t get disheartened.
Generally speaking, the Pyrenean shepherd has a particularly nervous and agitated character in their first few months. For this reason, authority and discipline are two virtues that you should have if you choose them to be your canine companion. You will hear them barking loudly and often, even with those who are trying to play with them; this is down to their guard dog instinct. It is preferable to correct this behaviour early to avoid problems; if necessary, you might even seek the help of a professional trainer.
BASIC RECOMMENDATIONS FOR TRAINING THE PYRENEAN SHEPHERD
DON'T SHUT THEM IN A FLAT
Their main role is to serve as a guard dog for herds. Shutting this puppy in a small flat is absolutely not advisable. If you cannot provide them with a life that is consistent with their needs, it would be better for you to choose a puppy of a different breed.
THEY ARE ALWAYS A
Their role as guard dog is very ingrained, and it would be almost impossible for them to manage to leave their instinct to one side. This is why they can easily confuse members of the family with sheep from the flock and treat them as such.
The training process that you choose for this puppy will depend on whether your puppy works as a guard dog or not. The beginning of training should not begin before 8 or 10 months, and the sessions should last around 15 minutes per day. You should clearly differentiate a training session from a play activity.
LEARNING TO BE SUMMONED
A breed that is accustomed to living outdoors should quickly learn the call order, at the same time as learning their own name. In order to do this, use a lead that is approximately 2.5 metres long. On an outing to open countryside, call them if they get too far away from you and congratulate them if they respond immediately. If, on the other hand, they do not do this, you will have the lead as a back-up, to ensure that they do not escape until they have learned to respond.