Help. I have a one and a half year old male Great Pyrenees. He's well behaved around home. At home he stays in a very large fenced area around our house with a very friendly Golden Retriever. However, when he is out of this area, he has a tendency to bolt. He'll run from you like he is on a mission, treating you like a stranger, and will not let you catch him, stopping occasionally just to bolt again when you get close. This happened on a recent hiking trip when the leash clasp snapped and he took off into the National Forest. I was very lucky to collar him after about a 1 mile chase, otherwise he would have been lost. Has anyone had this similar experience with a Great Pyr?
You have to remember that his genetic code tells him it is his job to roam vast areas, totally unsupervised. Pyrs are known as the breed, "Dog Gone" if they are off lead for a very good reason.
Mine have hit maturity and are well contained when not in the house itself. I lost my first Pyr after the hurricanes. The fence was down in a section about 8" wide with a giant tree branch on it. It took 1 minute for her to get out, make it to the main road and the rest was heartbreak and history.
Beau and Arwen (Angel's daughter) have a run with fencing buried underneath because Arwen has always loved to dig, the fence is 6' high. They have a doggie door to get to the back porch and the run. The porch is reinforced with trellis over the screen and a double wired screen door with ironwork in between and a deadbolt. They also understand they are not permitted to go anywhere near the front door or the door that leads to the garage. They are not permitted to go out with me when they are on lead until I give them permission to exit, the house or the van.
Bottom line is, Pyrs run. They love to run (when they're n ot playing door mat) and they will put many miles behind them in a flash.
If they do get loose and you give chase, it is even more encouragement for them to sprint. You have to teach them the stay and down, then recall commands so that you are not chasing, but I would NEVER trust even my trained Pyrs off lead outside my front door.
Bolting on lead can be corrected with a gentle leader or halti to some degree. I've always trained my guys by simply stopping them and making them sit every time they tried to show me they have more strength than I do. It can make a walk take forever the 1st few times, but my crew are very well behaved on lead.
Hope some of this helps. Just never trust a Pyr when freedom beckons.
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