How To Stop Great Pyrenees From Barking: 6 Things To Try!

Great Pyrenees are large, fluffy dogs that are often used as guard animals. They are beautiful pets, but they do have one quirk – they tend to bark excessively!

How To Stop Great Pyrenees From Barking

If you’d like to teach your Great Pyrenees to stop barking so much, there are a few ways you can go about it.

Why Is Your Great Pyrenees Barking So Much?

Are they just bored or do they feel threatened by something in their environment? First, it’s important to figure out why your dog barks before trying any methods of training him not to.

It’s also important to understand that almost every Great Pyrenees will bark, A LOT! That doesn’t mean it’s impossible to get them to stop, but if they’re barking for no reason then it may be more difficult than you think.

If you have an aggressive/territorial dog who feels like their territory is in danger of being invaded, this could cause them to bark even when they don’t really want to.

Solution #1 – Remove the Barking Stimuli (Easy-ish)

If there are things around your house or yard that make your dog feel as though he needs to protect himself, remove or hide those items. This can include anything from a loud TV to a noisy neighbor.

If the barking issue happens mostly outside, you may need to build a fence and keep dogs out of certain areas. Try to find some way to block off visual access to these stimuli so that your dog no longer sees them.

You might also consider keeping him inside during times when the barking outside could be an issue if that applies to your situation.

Solution #2 – Lean Into the Barking (Easy)

Great Pyrenees are quite nocturnal and bred to protect and patrol against livestock predators. They will bark A LOT at night as well.

If this is something that bothers you, then it might be time for you to lean into the problem.

Is it possible to move them to an area of your yard where it won’t be as big an issue? Perhaps a fenced-in back patio or even just a small pen with a door would work.

Try to change their schedule to a time where the barking won’t be as big of a deal. Maybe they can go out in the morning and spend most of their day outside.

Solution #3 – Train Them To Bark on Command (Easy)

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

It’s important to remember that most dogs will always try to please their owners.

Make sure that it’s a set number of barks you’re looking for (two or three), and reward them for following your command. Peanut butter works well as a treat because it’s sticky and makes it difficult to bark again for a few seconds.

If you have more than one dog, make sure each is rewarded separately with their own peanut butter treats.

If you can’t use peanut butter, you can also use food rewards like chicken or beef treats instead. The key here is consistency!

Use your bark command when they are actively barking to snap them out of the habit. If they don’t respond immediately, wait about 30 seconds before trying again.

Repeat this process until they start responding to your commands.

Solution #4 – Make Sure They Get Plenty of Exercise (Moderate)

If your Great Pyrenees is busy during the day with walks and other exercises, they will be too tired to patrol and bark at night.

This dog breed is known to walk miles during their nightly rounds, so this means taking them on a walk in the morning as well as evening if possible. It’s also important for their health and safety.

For most owners, the time commitment alone will make this a difficult option. If you are able to do it though, I would strongly recommend this option.

Solution #5 – Locking Them In Their Crate (Moderate)

This isn’t an easy option for owners or their dogs, but sometimes a long “time out” may be enough to break any bad habits your Great Pyrenees may have.

Keep in mind that we’re talking anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks of locking them up while you’re gone during the day and at night time.

This may also be difficult with puppies under 6-months old because they need more socialization and may not be properly crate trained.

Eventually, the time will come to begin reintroducing them to life outside the crate. You’ll want to do this gradually so as not to overwhelm them.

Start by letting them spend time outside the crate during quick trips. Be sure to go back to the crate restrictions if your dog regresses.

Solution #6 – Look at Rehoming Your Dog (Last Resort)

Unfortunately, some Great Pyrenees will not cooperate and will need to find a new home.

If you are unable to relocate to an area/home where they can be given the space they need, then it is best that they find another home that will allow them to act and bark the way they were designed to do.

This is incredibly difficult, especially after your dog has become a part of your family. However, there are many great resources available for people who want to adopt or foster dogs from shelters.

There are also organizations that help with finding homes for these wonderful animals.

There are many possible reasons why a Great Pyrenees may be barking excessively. Ensure they have an adequate opportunity to exercise both mentally and physically and give them plenty of attention to help prevent this behavior.

An appropriate and healthy diet will also help keep your Pyrenees settled and happy!

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