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Great Pyrenees owners need to keep in mind the traditional role that Pyrenees were bred to fulfill: that of flock guardian. The Pyrenees roamed the mountains with their flocks, and had to be alert to danger. Intelligence, independence, and physical toughness were prized. Flock guardians also needed to be still most of the time (so as not to spook the sheep) while being able to explode into quick action in defense of their charges. While each dog is an individual, these common breed traits have implications for trainers.

With patience and a gentle touch, Great Pyrenees can be trained to compete in many different venues.  Great Pyrenees are very intelligent dogs, but they become bored very quickly.  So, owners should keep training sessions short - no more than a few minutes a piece, and avoid drilling a task or exercise.

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