What Kind of Dog Owner are You?
As I meet all the people interested in one of our puppies I seem to be categorizing them based on what they are wanting out of a dog. Some want a companion while others a guard dog. Here are the groupings I have so far.
If you are considering getting a Great Pyrenees puppy it is good to consider what kind of dog owner you are.
Likely is single, widowed or married with adult children.
Want indoor/outdoor dogs. In the house at night with them but also works with owner or guards during the day.
Usually lives in country but not always.
Looking for the steady dog who wants to please them and be near them. Often a one person kind of dog.
Have children and want a playmate for them.
Want indoor/outdoor dog that comes in and out with kids all day long.
Looking for the added security and peace of mind of a guard dog with a companion for the kids.
Dog must be tolerant of the “abuse” that children produce such as pinching, bumping, pulling without lashing out. Must be a people pleaser who doesn’t mind someone being in charge.
Has critters and has been or us afraid of losing them to predators.
Wants dog to keep coyotes, raccoons, opossums, owls and hawks from lunching on their pets/livestock.
May also have children and like the idea of the extra set of eyes in the yard.
Not as likely to bring the dog in the home at night since they can’t guard animals from there.
Looking for a dog that can differentiate threats and hold their own, needs to be pretty friendly and enjoy some attention but not too much.
Needs dog to live with herd/flock full time to guard against predation.
Has financial incentive to train dog well.
Will be interacting regularly with dog but not necessarily playing with it throughout the day.
Looking for a dog that will guard its territory, flock or herd. The dog must be independent thinker, not fearful, tolerate inconveniences and love working.
There are always derivations but I hope this generalization has helped you narrow down who you are and what you are looking for.
Next I will be looking at the most frequently asked questions about getting a Great Pyrenees puppy.