Creative design

I am answering a Frequently Barked Question (FBQ) this week.

FBQ: Are Pyrenean Mountain Dogs, or Great Pyrenees, destructive?

Clowie: My short answer to that is that a contented and trained adult Pyrenean Mountain Dog is not destructive. I have not damaged anything in the house or garden since I was about nine months old.

However, we are capable of doing a lot of damage in a short space of time, so I can see why some people would say that we are destructive. Early training is very important so that we learn not to chew on the furniture!

Some of my creative efforts, when I was a puppy, have been misunderstood and my bipeds have said I’ve made a “terrible mess”. I believe that’s what they said when I gave the bathroom a makeover in the space of about ten minutes!

I never once chewed a shoe as a puppy. Oh, my biped has just peeped over my shoulder and said that’s because they kept them in the cupboard until I knew better and reminded me what I did to the table and benches in the kitchen – again my intentions were misunderstood!

Pyrenean Mountain Dog, Clowie

Chews taste better than shoes!

There was an incident with a baby gate they’d put across a doorway. It was hardly my fault that some of the door frame came away when I pushed the gate out of my way – the door frame must have been quite weak!

I tried to chew my way through a door – and I was doing quite well when they stopped me, but that was before I knew any better. I also chewed a chunk of plaster from the wall, but you don’t know you can’t eat something until you try it. I only did that once because it tastes awful!

I’m quite skilled at gardening and made the lawn much more interesting than just flat grass. My bipeds were so impressed that they gave me a corner of the garden to landscape as I pleased.

I did rearrange some plants that unfortunately died, but every gardener has to learn through experience – I didn’t know the roots were meant to be in the ground! They were mostly quite small plants as they are the easiest to move, but I did move a few shrubs and a small tree as well.

A large beech tree

My idea of a small tree!
Attribution: Philip Halling [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

I was accused of wrecking a water feature, but that was a misunderstanding – they kept putting plants in my outdoor drinking bowl!

I will make no excuse for sending the freshly-laid turf flying – that was lots of fun!

I think all of that is fairly normal puppy behaviour – I wasn’t unusual for a Pyrenean Mountain Dog puppy.

I’ve said that a trained and contented adult Great Pyrenees is not destructive, which is true. But if a bored adult does decide to nibble on the furniture they are obviously going to do a lot of damage very quickly. Early training to establish desired behaviour patterns is very important, as is sufficient exercise and time with our bipeds.

It is also important to prepare a Great Pyrenees to spend some time alone – we are just as prone as any dog to suffer from separation anxiety. It is better to avoid this than to remedy it. A distressed adult Pyrenean Mountain Dog has a lot of weight to throw about and most internal doors will not resist for long!

If our delight in digging hasn’t been controlled or directed in some way, you could end up with a copy of the Pyrenean Mountains in your back garden – my ancestors did create that range of mountains!

What do you think? Would you describe a Pyrenean Mountain Dog as destructive?





Aqua paw print

See you next Wednesday!

64 thoughts on “Creative design

  1. sadiethegoldenpup

    Sounds pretty typical of bored, young dogs in general! šŸ™‚ I’m a Golden Retriever, and I’ve done similar things, just on a slightly smaller scale than you have. I’m pretty impressed! I shouldn’t get any ideas, though. I’ve gotten into enough mischief lately- like shredding the carpet off the Humans’ staircase. Oops. But, I’m sure with a little training and exercise, you guys can be amazing furry companions! Same goes with all us other “destructively bored” dogs! šŸ™‚

    • Yes, most pups manage to get into lots of mischief – it’s natural to be inquisitive! Carpet is one thing I’ve never tried – sounds like fun with the staircase!
      My bipeds say that as an adult I’m easy to live with, but they needed eyes in the backs of their heads when I was a pup – the early training is very important.

  2. It seems to me that bipeds misunderstand an awful lot!!

  3. We think you sounded like a pretty typical puppy, Clowie!

  4. Mumsy's Little Chancy Man

    Mumsy loved this post sweet Clowie it gave her some giggles. You gave some very good advice though that should help some people in training their puppies early. I never destroyed or damaged anything in the house but Mumsy did give me my own garden spot in the yard. Like you I really did and still do enjoy gardening but I do it all in my garden not hers. Hugs and nose kisses

    • Thank you, it is important to start training early. I’m glad you enjoyed reading about my antics as a pup. Like you, I love having my own spot in the garden. Digging is a lot of fun!

  5. Excellent post Clowie! And we only had our 3 Sibes, and fortunately for us…they never ever once…not ever…chewed anything they were not given to chew. Only dog chews, never anything like ‘human’ shoes, clothing items…suspect we were just very fortunate

    • Thank you, Savannah! I think it is unusual for teething pups not to try something other than the chews they are given. Maybe the chews you found were particularly tasty!

  6. Creative genius lol You certainly did have some fun Clowie….and so many misunderstandings to cope with too!! šŸ˜‰

  7. You just don’t know your own strength, Clowie.

  8. All pups chew for their teething, it’s making sure they Woofie stuff to chew, not people stuff

    • Yes, it is natural to chew. I think the only difference is that larger breeds can make more of a mess when they get hold of the wrong things.

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