Training Tips

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Everyone living or working with a Pyr can use good training tips. We present several below as PDF files you can download or videos you can view on Facebook.  Pyrs are smart, loving dogs. Since as guardians they are different from other breeds, sometimes all it takes is using the right approach.  We believe that everyone who owns a Pyr should be aware of Nothing in Life is Free Training as the cornerstone for working with their Great Pyrenees dog. 

Videos below are courtesy of trainer Roman Gottfried. You can also email Roman for behavioral assistance or visit his website, Here's a Facebook video that talks about the effectiveness of online training. More videos are below. If you are looking for inhome assessment and training, many people have found Bark Busters approach to be effective with this breed, although each trainer can be different and we advise checking on their familiarity with the breed. To find Barkbuster trainers near you please visit Trainers who use shock collars or aggressive police K9 training methods are not advised for this breed.

If aggression is a problem, resource guarding is not unusual so keep the dogs separated around food, treats even water. Some people have found this book "Mine" helpful If your dog is not neutered, this can also be a source of aggression.

This PDF, prepared for fosters, outlines expectations for fostered dogs and but is a good reference for other dogs as well.

Training Good Behavior P. 1   Teaching Basic Commands P. 5
Food Guarding  P. 2   House Training P. 6
Counter Surfing P. 2   Crate Training P. 9
Getting on Furniture P. 2   Leash Walking P. 12
Door Behavior  P. 4   Dog Toys/How to Use Them P. 15

The "Dog to English" Translation Chart reproduced below should serve as a helpful reminder for canine body language.  Being aware of your dog's body language helps to encourage certain desirable behaviors and discourage negatives ones.

The following videos and links can help modify problem behavior and reinforce good behavior. Roman Gottfried gets high marks from people who want to understand their Great Pyrenees better. This owner, who contacted us about surrendering the Pyr she got from a local pound, has this to say: "I’ve been watching Roman Gottfried’s videos and have learned so much from him and from working with Odie and building our relationship. I’m growing in my understanding of this particular dog and the breed. " - Janelle in Michigan

General Behavior

Nothing in Life is Free Training

Excitement Control:

Options-Problem Solver:

My Dog Jumps On People:

Living Peaceably with Cats and Dogs

Spay And Neuter:

Alpha Boot Camp, or Who's in Charge Here?

Alpha Theory Debugged:

Click the image below to view an enlarged PDF version.

Dog to English Translation

New Dog

Increasing the Odds of a Successful Adoption

Pyr Problem Solving

Adopted a Dog, Now what:

Time And Space:

Adopting A Rescue:

Adoption Trauma:

Dogs Shelter Trauma:

Puppy Training

Hyper Puppy:

Is your Puppy Biting:

Puppy Crate Training:

Puppies And Kids:

Rebels with Paws—a Guide to Canine Adolescence


Warning Signs:

Dogs are NOT aggressive:

Aggression VS Reactive:

Is Your Dog Growling?:

My Dog Bit a Child:




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