My husband recently brought home 2 Great Pryenee's puppies approximatly 4 mos old. The person that had them did not touch them and they are VERY timid. The male will come to me with hesitation, but the female will only come to me when I have food in my hand. How can I get the female to trust me and to come to me when she is called? Help please!
As someone who has been "owned" by Pyrs for the past 10 years,Ican tell you that some Pyrs will always remain a bit "shy" or aloof.
They can also be "head shy". You have to learn to wait them out. They have to come to you, not the other way around. The same with any guest or stranger inyour home. I found that my females tended more towards shyness/aloofness than the males.
Treats are an excellent idea, but love and patience will win the day. You also have to bear in mind that the Pyr is genetically bred to be independant of humans, to roam vast mountain ranges as livestock guardians, so they will not have the personality of say a Lab.
While they love to be petted & have your attention and will die protecting you (as their flock) they do not have the "fetch/please my humans" type of personality.
Forgot to add, CONGRATULATIONS on your new babies! Just be patient, keep your sense of humor, keep plenty of healthy treats on hand and learn to accept great big, slobbery Pyr kisses.
***Edited By: pyrmom on 6/7/2011 12:11:11 PM*** Reason: *
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