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How can I stop my Great Pyrenees from barking at night?

Written by Ariele Sieling

Barking Great Pyrenees-what a great idea! Pyrs are absolutely known for their endless barking. They are guard dogs and one of their main duties is to warn off predators.

Solution – Train them to bark on command (Easy)

Train them to bark on command, the same way you would train them any other trick may be enough to break your innate training Great Pyrenees.

Boredom

Just like any human who is left alone for too long, your dog will get bored too. And as Heidi Ganahl, founder and CEO of Camp Bow Wow, explains, “If a dog is bored, he’s likely to say more. If dogs are left alone for long periods of time, they can become very bored, especially if they have nothing to do. Bored dogs should get interactive toys like KONG or one of PetSafe’s Busy Buddy toys to keep your dog busy until you get home.”

There’s a reason we get scared of things that go away upside down at night – as humans fear the unknown and dogs also feel the same anxiety at night. «If a dog is scared, they may bark at any noise they hear that is frightening to them or scares them. They can also bark as a ‘warning’ to tell those around them that something is going on that they should be aware of,» says Ganahl.

Barking Reduction Ideas

Socialize, socialize, socialize. Let your pup experience the world around him and learn about different sources of stimulation. Socialization will allow him to determine what is «normal» in his world and what are potential sources of threat.

Regardless of whether your pyre is 10 weeks old or 7 years old, socialization should take place. Dogs are most receptive to socialization as a puppy, but that doesn’t mean neglecting it at an older age. Great Pyrenees are naturally aloof so socialization will help prevent your Pyrenees from being suspicious of those around them.

Practice. Great Pyrenees have a relatively low activity requirement, but their exercise should not be pushed aside. A 30-60 minute brisk walk each day will help your pooch learn even more about the world and hopefully limit boredom barking. Great Pyrenees were bred to do work so they need opportunities to use that energy productively. Without proper exercise, pears will bark incessantly and/or become destructive.

Fear mongering

There’s no doubt that barking in the Pyrenees can be scary! It is usually loud, obvious and constant.

Fearmongering goes hand in hand with the Pyrenees which acts as a watchdog. Dogs bark to scare other dogs, other people, and sometimes other things they perceive as a threat. Great Pyrenees will use this method as a way to avoid conflict.