Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Pyrs can't fetch

If you've ever met a Pyr before, you'll know that their obedience skills are almost nil. Our first Pyr, Anie, didn't sit, come when called, or walk on a leash.  Pyrs are also not known for fetching. Most of them will just stand there and look at you like you're an idiot if you throw something for them, and they most definitely do NOT pick up toys. Basically they're good at guarding, full stop.

However, Pyrs are known to learn behavior from other, older Pyrs. This is why you're supposed to match a young Pyr with a established guardian dog so they can learn the ropes of guarding. Apparently Pyrs also learn from certain Malamutants, because Gus has learned from Elias how to sit, lie down, walk on a leash, and come when called (Gus actually has better recall than Elias, which is a miracle). However, the concept of fetching seems to elude him. Elias LOVES to play fetch, but Gus just bounds after whatever you throw, pounces on it, then comes bounding back to you... without the toy. He squashed it, he killed it, problem solved. Guardian dog logic at its finest.

We've been trying to encourage Gus to actually pick things up when playing fetch, which sort of works... but the concept of bringing it back to the person who threw it is a whole 'nother challenge.

Fetching, Pyr-style.

Hubby and I have learned to start with a big pile of toys, toss them till he fetches them all, then collect them and go again. At least it tires him out when it's raining outside, and it's sort of hilarious to watch a 115-lb dog bounce through the house.

Also, he's awfully cute, if somewhat large and floofy.

29 comments:

  1. OMG his happy, bouncing, floofy butt! I LOVE IT!

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    1. And also very hard to keep clean. Sigh.

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  3. So floofy & such awesome ♡♡♡

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    1. Very much floof, all over the house. Our vacuum loves it.

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  4. I dunno - looks like a pretty good 'fetch' to me. Hanalei was very excited by the squeaker...

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    1. That's his "inside" fetch. His outside one is non-existent.

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  5. Haha! Hes adorable. I have a pyr akbash cross and its been a trial of patience. He is a dog that has no "guilty" look. Just a whatever mom look. Love the adorable goofball though.

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    1. Yeah the guardian breeds definitely have minds of their own. Great if they're guarding, not so good if you want them to do something.

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  6. I'm actually pretty happy our Shepherd/Pyr puppy seemed to inherited most of her genes from the Shepherd side. She's wicked smart and great at obedience...as long as she's off property. She is 100% purebred Pyr in her home yard which in her head extends for miles and miles as she patrols her territory, oh and don't bother calling for her return, she's much too busy doing important patrolling work to answer even if she's a foot away from you.

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    1. Patrolling is THE MOST IMPORTANT. How you could possibly think otherwise?!?!

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  7. This made me smile. Sedona was a kuvasz mix -- same family as pyranese -- and she was very smart but not at all obedient. She'd guard all day but the other stuff? Forget it.

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    1. Aww, I remember Sedona, she was so beautiful! What a special girl.

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  8. MY rat terrier didn't fetch either. He had much of the same reaction, run to the object, pounce it, then run back to you (usually) looking rather pleased with himself. He would chase toys, but never really got the whole fetch thing.

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    1. It's dead, what more could we possibly want them to do with it?

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  9. Hahaahaha! My dog doesn't fetch either. He will chase it, and then look at you like "OKAY THROW IT AGAIN" ... but he never brings it back lol

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    1. The chasing part is the best, obvs.

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  10. Omg so cute though! Love the happy gallop!

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    1. It sounds like a herd of elephants is going through the house!

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  11. I can attest to the fact that his outside fetch is, indeed, nonexistent. But the floof is adorable!

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  13. I bet he is the best at cuddles

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    1. Hahahaha actually nope, he hates being cuddled!

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