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Dog Health > Inside Dog vs. Outside Dog?
Hank -TD

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Barked: Mon Aug 4, '08 1:12pm PST 
I am not against dogs living outside but under certain circumstances.
I do have dogs that live outside. Not by my choice but for their health. The dogs that are outside are Pyrenees. They are from a shelter and were raised outside. They don't like being inside. They pace, are restless and want out. I have tried. Now we manage to have them out but taking care of them well. A thing that turned into their favor is that we made LGD's out of them. They have to keep the coyotes away from the horses. They love their job so they are busy. They also come in the house once in a while to keep their housebreaking up to date and to cuddle with us. On very cold winter time they sleep in the house by the door where it's colder. They also do multiple things like pet therapy, agility and tracking.

I think that dogs that live outside can fare well as long as their humans are commited to be there for them. If you can have two that lives outside that's even better. Good quality food and increased vet care is a must as these dogs are out in the elements. You have to be even more aware of the poo they do, quantity of food they take and water. It's a lot of work to have outside dogs.
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Choosing the Right Dog > Help
Hank -TD

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Barked: Sun May 25, '08 9:34pm PST 
Great Pyrenees

How Tall? mid thigh
How Heavey? 100 pound +
Can they fit under a airplane seat?? Not a chance!
Energetic? Not really but they still need regular exercise.
Dig? A lot!
Shed? A lot
Lots of Grooming? Need a good regular brushing but baths are to be avoided over twice per year.
Good with kids? yes
Jogging companion? no

Chinese Crested

How Tall? 10 inches about
How Heavey? 14 pounds
Can they fit under a airplane seat?? Maybe a smaller sized dog.
Energetic? I find mine to be energetic but its not too bad as a whole.
Dig? no
Shed? no
Lots of Grooming? Not really depending on how you want them to look.
Good with kids? usualy yes
Jogging companion? Depending on the lenght. I do 5 Km runs with mine.

I also have a Shepherd collie and more mix (mutt).

How Tall? over knee hight
How Heavey? 70 pounds.
Can they fit under a airplane seat?? Not a chance!
Energetic? yes a lot and need to be stimulated.
Dig? yes
Shed? yes
Lots of Grooming? Not really but a good brushing once in a while is good.
Good with kids? yes
Jogging companion? very good. I do up to 10 km with him. More than that I have to bring water.
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Rescue, Adoption & Happy Endings > Helping Big Dog Rescue

Hank -TD

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Barked: Sun Dec 30, '07 7:51pm PST 
Abby, I think this is really great! Good idea.
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Choosing the Right Dog > Top 5 things to know about YOUR breed!

Hank -TD

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Barked: Mon Dec 10, '07 2:36pm PST 
Great Pyreneese. I know this one got covered already but would like to had a couple of more things.

1. Bark, bark, bark, did I mention bark? They will for any reason and this doesn make them really good candidate for appartments or condos type of environnement. Not for you but neighbors can easily complain as they bark is deep and loud. Even the moon is a good pretext to bark.
2. Shedding I So agree. A bi-weekly brushing is just about enough in between shedding season (2 year). It's important to keep them mat free as once it's start it goes out of control. You don't want to bathe them more than 2 per year especially for the ones that lives outside. This will preserve the natural protective oils of their fur and keep their skin hydrated and dry. Their coat shed dirt so no need to bathe them after each digging session.
3. Digging. Come look at my yard. You think you can't loose a pyr in a yard? Well mines have dug hole that are knee deep to me. I almost thought I had lost one once because he was taking a rest in the fresh dirt.
4. Roaming, I agree Duke. They will go and keep going. I had lost one once and I found him stuck 5 kms away from home. It's important to keep them in a secured area. Forget about the invisible fence they are so pain resistant that they won't get bothered by the shok collar. A good old fashion fence or a ex cattle pen will do.
5. Give them a job. They are awsome guard dogs and they will bark to deter the treath. They don't start of by attacking. If the thing don't go away they will growl and try to impress. They only fight if necessary. They are also good at tracking and as pet therapist. They can also pull a cart like the berners or swissies and I even saw some in agility. Since they are big they can't compete in it but they can surely enjoy it. Make sure your dog is 4 and older to do that sport as they only become mature around that age and otherwise you can ruin their joints.
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Great Pyrenees > Adopting a Pyrenees

Hank -TD

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Barked: Fri Nov 23, '07 8:46am PST 
I have 2 brothers pyrs and a senior pyr x collie. I love my pups but I have to admit that they are a lot of work!
My brother pyrs were rescues. They are from the pound where I got both of them at the same time. They now have to live out as they don't settle inside the house and they pace and have a bit of panic. Like Abby said they are sensitive. Make sure that both dogs get along as they can be agressive towards other dogs. I got Buddy (the pyr x collie) at 8 yo and he never showed any agression sign over any of my other dogs. Hank by himself is very good with other dogs and Baba most of the time. Baba is also very protective of his brother Hank. I have seen him nipping at a dog that was harrassing Hank once. Pyrs need a firm but soft training otherwise they disconect and they won't work with you.
Like Abby stated they need a lot of socialisation. I also recommend a job that make them usefull. Mines all have a job. Hank is visiting sick people at the hospital (TD), Baba does tracking and Buddy well he's doesn't do much more than warmong up the couch and he does teddy bear therapy with me as I only want to cuddle with him all the time!
An easy job is to make them wear a back pack when going for walk with very light weight items.Pyrs like to be usefull to their guardian.

I hope I have covered some aspect of what you wanted to hear. If you have more question please ask!
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Choosing the Right Dog > Info on Great Pyrenese
Hank -TD

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Barked: Thu Nov 15, '07 8:14am PST 
Yes I am and because of you!!! Small world!
You can also join the bigdogsporch.com forum. There is a couple of Pyr owners there and other big dogs owners. It's open to anybody who want to join tho. No need to have big dogs to be in the pack!
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Choosing the Right Dog > Info on Great Pyrenese

Hank -TD

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Barked: Mon Nov 12, '07 5:07pm PST 
Pyrs are lovely. But they have their pros and cons and are not for any person. I secon Pippin to go check pyr talk. I have been there too.
I'm happy that you want to research on them as much as you can. Pippin and I have 3 pyrs at home. Ok I agree one is just half tho!
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Service & Therapy Dogs > Question About Therapy Dogs

Hank -TD

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Barked: Fri Sep 7, '07 7:12am PST 
I think you are on the right way of having a good TD in about a year!
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Service & Therapy Dogs > Question About Therapy Dogs

Hank -TD

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Barked: Thu Sep 6, '07 2:31pm PST 
I second Gio. He said everything!
I have had Hank in basic obedience and then in advanced obedience to make sure he was listening to me prior to go to the screening. Hank his a very good dog but with his imposing 100 pounds it was important to me to be in control and that he knew the base. You are not required to do this but this is a plus to make your dog learn to proper behave and to have good manners.
In my screening there was about 30 other dogs around us. Your dog need to be calm and quiet dunring the time you wait outside of the screening room with all the other dogs around. Good leash manners are a plus too.
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Service & Therapy Dogs > Any other pup do therapy work at a middle school?
Hank -TD

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Barked: Thu Sep 6, '07 11:31am PST 
Hank have done school work with skills students. We really enjoy going there and the kids were always amazed by Hank's size. The teachers were amaze on how Hank was gentle with the kids. At first Hanks wasn't too sure about the whole thing but at the second visit he was going nuts to get in the class.
Great work to do with kids. We love it.
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