Great Pyrenees Puppy
I drive all over town to visit dogs and bring them treats. It’s one of the perks of blogging for Jones Natural Chews. But once in a blue moon, the dogs come to me. That’s what happened yesterday. I heard a knock, I opened the front door, and there stood my son’s friend, holding an eight week old Great Pyrenees puppy. I about lost it. HOW CUTE IS AN EIGHT WEEK OLD PUPPY?!?
My son had told me, a week ago, that his friend had gotten a Saint Bernard puppy, so my first reaction was, “They make solid white Saint Bernards?” It took me about ten seconds to realize that it was a Great Pyrenees puppy (my son isn’t a great listener, obviously). The first one I’d ever been up close to. And the softest puppy ever. Let me tell you a little about this puppy, as well as what I know about the breed (AKA my next dog).
Great Pyrenees are guardian dogs. They don’t herd, like some working dogs, so they’re not terribly active. They watch. They lay around and watch the fields and skies. And they’ll fight to protect their flocks and herds (and their people). Yes, they’re farm dogs. Big, lovely, soft farm dogs, with fine double coats, all white, or white with honey colored patches. The Great Pyrenees puppy, it seems, already has this laid back, guardian temperament. I’ve never met such a well behaved eight week old puppy.
Raising a Great Pyrenees Puppy
Eretrius, the puppy, is from Shawnee, Oklahoma. His owner has been working with him to know his name, and to stay close. He’s potty trained in the first week, and gets plenty of walks. That’s a good thing. Puppies are active critters, and large breeds needs walks, even if they’re calm creatures. Eretrius’ owner already knows a lot about the breed, that the Great Pyr is a stubborn dog, doing things his own way whenever possible. He’s dedicated to training daily. It’s necessary with a stubborn dog, and it’s a bonding experience. The Great Pyrenees puppy is stubborn, but highly intelligent. Do some research if you’re considering this beautiful dog, since they’re not the right breed for everyone.
Training a Great Pyrenees puppy probably isn’t very different from training any other puppy, except that it’s ongoing, more so than with other dogs. That stubborn thing. I get that. I’m exactly that way. I know what I know. Don’t get in my way. They’re like that, I think. Pop over and read a few posts at Clowie’s Corner blog. You’ll get the big picture of what a Great Pyr is like.
We’ll be talking more about that specific treat in a couple of weeks, but it truly is a great teething chew for large breed puppies. It’s important to get the right chew for a teething puppy, to keep them from being too destructive, and to help their teeth and gums. I can always help if you’re looking for just the right teething treat. For a large or giant breed, I strongly recommend Jones’ Beef Knee Cap, their stuffed Bandit’s Bone, or a Braided Bully Stick. Any of these are appropriate for a teething puppy, but not all of them will be appropriate once the large or giant breed is grown.
Speaking of Jones Natural Chews, we’re giving some lucky dog their very own Heart Breakers, the latest treats from Jones! Your dog will want them. It told me so. So click on this sentence to be taken to the entry post, scroll down, and click on the Rafflecopter for directions on how to enter. Tweeting daily greatly increases your chances of winning! Giving your dog a Jones Natural Chew does not, but it can be considered winning with your dog, so there’s that. 🙂
Spreading the good chews …