|Barked: Tue Feb 21, '12 8:14am PST |
|How many puppies were left when you took her? It may be not exactly what you want to hear, but if a good percentage of her litter had already been homed, that could be half your answer right there....the extroverts and more confident puppies are usually the first to go.
The advice you have gotten is good. It's early days yet. Don't push. Try your best to let her initiate and figure things out. She will come around.
In the ideal world, we have fenced yards and our puppies get to drag their leashes around for a little while, then we apply a very brief pressure contact while we call them excitedly to us...just a little tug so they feel the pressure for a second in a direction where they are headed anyway That's helps them learn what leash contact is about. It's a very normal response to pull back on what is pulling you forward. She doesn't know what a leash is yet, so be patient, and offer her slack in the lead as much as you can, let her lead when possible and follow etc. Remember that she doesn't understand what a leash IS, so "stubborn" may be simply showing a natural resistance rather than being uncooperative.
Yes, switching to a new home can be a stress to some puppies. Sometimes laying back a bit, though, is a right answer, just so they can settle in their own heads and figure everything out. Let her come to YOU and figure out what you are about. She will. A twelve week old puppy is ingratiating and wants to find allegiances.
One word you used was "cuddly," which does concern me, as that is off the mark. Pyrs are not notorious for being cuddly. Indeed, they are not even a very emotive dog. Seeming "ponderous" is often a breed trait. They can be silly, they can be naughty....they are still dogs ....and of course are loyal to the core, but are an independent, responsible dog, bred to very much work on their own. Rather than cuddling on the bed, it is a fairly common Pyr instinct to sleep with their back against the door....that is guarding behavior, to be where there will be the first to know if danger enters the room. Something like a Newf is far more expressive and tactile. You need to get to know her as well as she get to know you. They are marvelous, highly intelligent, composed dogs with a lot of wisdom and insight. A fascination for sure, so getting to know the she who she is, rather than what you'd wish her to be, is a great place to start.
I highlly, HIGHY recommend getting a copy of "The New Complete Great Pyreness," written by breed authority Paul Strang, who has known the dogs in their homeland as well as in his livingroom and is a superb breed historian. It is a marvelous read and he does a great job at peering into the soul of the Pyr and imparting a lot of understanding into their characters. One my top five of greatest breed texts ever written....pick it up, and you will understand Pyr character and motivation better in no time, and likely fall in love what the dog that the Pyr truly is
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