Members Care

We launched our first membership drive last May and quickly found that members who join rescue and pledge support for the year provide us with indispensable assistance.  Whether the membership pledge is made all at one time or in monthly payments, the value of having this support helps all year.

We could say an immediate yes to an eight-year old like Mary (above, who still needs a home) who had surgery in December or Angela, who was found near death wandering the streets of southeastern Ohio in a daze.
Angela (above) was spayed this weekend and now that she is in better condition, she is thought to be around five years old, not the senior everyone thought when she came into rescue in such bad shape in February.
We are able to step up to the plate for Woobie, who was living under a deck in western Missouri. His story had shown up on several Facebook pages but he couldn't get help.  Wobble had been hit by cars twice and the mother of his owner appealed to us get him out of his horrible situation.

Woobie (above) has been adopted by his foster family in Nebraska.  He's out from living under a deck and onto the couch in his new home.

Care for these dogs and assistance with the many costs of rescue are only some of the things that our members provide. The list is long which is why we hope you will become an official member of our Pyr pack when our membership campaign kicks off later this month. Memberships start at $5 a month. A small monthly donation supports NGPR's work the whole year through. Members care, and for rescue that makes all the difference in the world.

Understanding Aggression

Is there more aggression in dogs recently?  Could our canine friends, subject to many of the modern-day stresses their owners face, be reacting by resource guarding and showing leash aggression, aggression towards other animals, and aggression towards people?   Some trainers and behavioralists see fear and insecurity being misdiagnosed as "dominance".  When forceful methods of  training through intimidation are used, dogs become more stressed and insecure, which results in aggressive behavior. As it turns out, treating aggression is done more effectively without force.

If a dog's behavior changes, visit your vet and rule out any medical issues as a potential cause.  If your dog has suddenly developed this behavior, think about what has changed in the family and affected your own stress level, which dogs will pick up on. This means everything from moving to your daily schedule and routine, stressors such as job changes or divorce, or kids moving out or coming back home.

In addition to the very good suggestions offered by trainer Victoria Sitwell in her blog, here are some suggestions from our behavioral volunteers, gleaned from their own experiences with Pyrs.

***Read about and understand the breed. Livestock guardian breeds like Great Pyrenees aren't everyone's cup of tea and don't try to make them act as if they're goldens or labs. There's a reason ranchers only trust these breeds to guard livestock at night without any direction. They're different than other breeds.

***Every day is training day. Incorporate Nothing in Life is Free (NILIF) techniques in the daily routine to reinforce who controls the resources and is the pack leader, as well as to give the necessary structure that dogs thrive on. Knowing that you are in charge helps give your dog confidence in a situation they find scary, too.

***Understand that small (and many large) children must be monitored closely with any dogs, much less a dog this big that may view small children as beneath them in the pack order. Again, NILIF training where the child puts down a meal and engages in training (with a parent next to them) can help here. Don't let children "ride" the dog or lay all over him or pull on fur and pester him; Pyrs are not golden retrievers and their patience is not endless.

***Learn to read your dog's "tells" like a poker player reads another player.  Study body language signals and step in as soon as you see worry or fear or stiffening on your dog's face or body posture when they see another dog or stranger or are put in a situation they find stressful.
Teach the dog to go to a “safe place” like a crate or separate room when there are visitors or situations where the dog may become stressed.  The owner, as the pack leader, needs to manage situations and always be watching and intervening as necessary.

***Learn to manage your dog's environment until you can desensitize him or work with a trainer on his issues. Learn avoidance methods like teaching the "turn!" to walk away from another dog, and know in advance where you will go if you and your dog find yourselves in a situation where he is uncomfortable. For example, ask your vet to have you walk through a side entrance and directly into an exam room if dogs in a waiting room are an issue for your dog.

Most importantly, start socialization early and find a great force-free trainer in your area before any behavioral issues arise.  Don't be afraid to ask for help if your dog is showing aggressive behavior.

Love Letters to Rescue

Roscoe is a BIG gorgeous, friendly 130-pound adult Pyr from a Kentucky shelter.  He was adopted last summer by a family in Ohio and this is what they say about him.

Roscoe wanted to share an update on how he is doing. We are blessed that he is happy and healthy here in our home.

He has gained leaps and bounds of confidence and is very social.  He owes a lot of his confidence to his fur siblings, who let him take his time coming out of his fear with other dogs. We go to Home Depot regularly, where he gets petted by young and old. Everyone loves him, especially "his ladies" at the groomers! He walks in and they flock to him. He has been keeping a great weight and enjoys peanut butter treats. Thank you for allowing us to be his forever family.
Erin in Ohio


We'll Be There

May 3, Sudbury, MA
Rescue day Sunday, May 3, 10 am - 3 pm at Longfellow's Wayside Inn at the 15th Annual Save a Dog Paws in the Park event, 72 Wayside eInn Road. Volunteer to help at the National Pyr booth or for more things to do at the event, click here.

May 16, Louisville, KY
Waggin' Trail Walk, Waterfront Park. Registration starts at 9 am for a walk through the park followed by a day of events including behavior demos, contests, vendor booths, live music, and more! Volunteer to help at the booth or learn about the event here.
May 16 & 17, New Brunswick, NJ
Petsmart adoption event, 11 am - 4 pm. Volunteers needed. Help man the booth, give out information and  talk up the breed. Volunteer to help at the booth.


Kennel Relocation

 We are moving our rescue kennel to another location May 1 and we're offering an incentive so the dogs in our southeast Massachusetts location find their furever homes before then.

The adoption fees for the dogs at the kennel have been reduced to $250 through May 1. All the dogs are spayed or neutered, heartworm negative, microchipped and up-to-date on vaccinations and flea and tick prevention.

You can preview the dogs at  Click the application form link at the bottom of each dog's profile page or click here to complete our online application. Don't forget to tell us what dog you are interested in!
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