Some Pyrs transition to new homes quickly. Others need time. We recommend following these guidelines for at least several months.

1) Introduce your Pyr to pets, neighborhood dogs, and visiting dogs on leash and in a neutral space (such as the street while taking a walk). Do not allow other dogs to charge your Pyr’s face or mount it. Pyrs rarely initiate fights, but it is normal for even the most mellow Pyr to defend itself, especially when in an unfamiliar setting.

2) Continue crating your new family member when unattended. Until confident that your Pyr has learned household rules, do not allow him/her free access to the house or other pets, including during the night. Crating at night greatly minimizes unwanted barking while Pyrs adjust to neighborhood noises.

3) Maintain a bathroom schedule; we let out the Pyrs at the kennels every 6 hours. Teach your Pyr how you want him/her to alert you if he/she needs to go. For example, go to the same door each time and use the same command. It is normal for a Pyr to have a few accidents while adjusting to a new home.

4) Many Pyrs don’t eat much while adjusting to a new home. We recommend continuing to feed two cups of Diamond Brand lamb and rice morning and evening for the first few days. Then, if you want to switch foods, do so gradually every few days over the next week by substituting 25% of your preferred food. Because we have observed a pattern of allergic reactions to it, avoid feeding chicken-based foods. Grain-free kibble is best for most Pyrs. Feed new Pyrs in their crate or apart from existing pets. If feeding outside of a crate, a separate room on the other side of the room from other pets is best — allow no eye contact or encroachment during meals. Pick up bowls immediately after meals.

5) Pyrs will test boundaries in a new home. Quickly, consistently, and firmly correct unwanted behaviors. Often a “NO!” is enough. We suggest using squirt bottles — a stream of water to the snout– when verbal commands don’t stop the behavior. Follow correction with redirection. We encourage the proper use of choke chains while walking Pyrs to correct pulling, which is a fixable problem. All human members of the household, including children, should be consistent when training for positive patterns of behavior.

6) Maintain your Pyr’s schedule for heartworm and flea preventative, which we give on the 1st of each month.