The Great Pyrenees Overprotective Behaviour: How to Ease Your Dog’s Anxiety?

Dog owner's question

"Hi! My Pyrenean Mountain Dog (Great Pyrenees) is very anxious about our family and sometimes seems to get overly anxious. What can I do to address this?"

Answer from the vet

"Dear Enquirer!

Pyrenees Mountain Dog breeds were originally bred to protect their owner's property, so they may be prone to overprotective behavior.

However, this does not mean that this behaviour cannot be managed or at least reduced.

In dogs of this breed, it is often the case that their fear of certain people or situations is the cause of the overprotective behaviour.

Therefore, it is important first to try to understand what triggers your dog's overprotective reaction. It may be that he feels threatened by a particular person, situation or even a sound.

Once you understand what is causing the problem, you can try to gradually get your dog used to these things.

For example, if your dog is afraid of guests, start getting him used to people in small groups and gradually increase the size of the group!

Positive reinforcement is also a very effective method.

If your dog behaves calmly in situations where he is usually overprotective, praise and reward him. This will encourage positive behaviour!

Also, Pyrenees Mountain Dogs are very intelligent and respond well to consistent and positive-based training. A well-designed and consistent training program that encourages correct behavior can be a great help in managing your dog’s anxiety.

If your dog's anxiety persists, consider seeking professional help. An animal psychologist or behaviourist can determine the exact cause of the problem and develop a personalised treatment plan.

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In addition, in some cases, veterinary intervention may be necessary.

Some behavioural problems may also be caused by health problems, such as pain or hormonal imbalances.

In addition, if the anxiety is extremely severe, the vet may be able to prescribe medication to treat the anxiety!

Pyrenean Mountain Dogs are wonderful dogs, full of protective spirit and loyalty, but sometimes they need help to properly manage stress and anxiety.

Understanding, patience and the right support is the most important thing you can give them in this situation!"