Great Pyrenees Tricks & Commands
Great Pyrenees are not known for doing tricks. Generally we associate tricks with Jack Russell terriers and other light, high energy dogs. Those dogs have a lot of agility and energy. Great Pyrenees are more known for being huge, gentle giants, whose best tricks are lying down. That, or herding sheep, but most of us in modern America don’t get to see that trick in our Great Pyrenees ownership. Despite this reputation, Great Pyrenees can be trained to do some tricks. A well trained Pyr will be a delight for your family and impressive to anyone with preconceived limits of your dog’s abilities.
The first trick that most dogs learn is, “Sit!” Great Pyrenees have no problems with this one. I have owned two different Pyrs with two different personalities, and both no had problem learning the sitting trick. All it took to train this was a treat when they got it right, the most basic positive conditioning that we instinctively use on our pets. The second of the tricks my dogs learned was, “Shake!” Once the dog is sitting, they stick out their paw like they are shaking hands. This is something Great Pyrenees love to do without any training. I have witnessed numerous dogs independently sitting and pawing at their owners for attention and petting. Doing so on command can be considered a trick, but this one should not cause too much excitement.
There are other tricks that a Great Pyrenees is capable of but will take some work. One that I have had personal success with is crawling. When I say “crawling,” you should not be looking to take a Great Pyrenees into deep caves or any trench warfare situations. You will be able to get your dog crawling across the kitchen floor, though. Like most tricks, teaching this one takes persistence and repetition. If done for about 20 minutes every day, your Great Pyrenees should learn this trick in about two weeks. Fair warning, though, once you stop training and having your dog perform the trick, the training will fade away.
Beyond this, you are fighting a difficult battle. Your Great Pyrenees may learn to come when you call it, it may learn to fetch. It neither cases will they likely complete these tricks every time. It is important to neither count out your dog’s abilities, nor to have impossibly high expectations. With a Great Pyrenees you are not getting an order-follower, but a smart and independent dog.