Man attempts to bathe a Great Pyrenees

This is pretty much what life with Nemo, my Great Pyrenees buddy, is like.

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Thanks, Great Pyr Rescue of Northern California!

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  1. Finland. It's a beautiful sunny day, but the water is still probably about -23C. I'm with the dog, eff that water.

  2. Ygret says:

    One of my dogs has a sixth sense about when I'm about to clip his toenails, which I avoid doing because he hates it so much. But he has this one funny nail that bends inward and will become ingrown if I don't clip it regularly. But somehow he can tell when I'm getting up to get his clippers as opposed to when I'm getting up to do anything else, and he runs and hides in his little sister's crate until I give up. It must be my body language he's reading but I can't really tell what I'm doing differently.

    I love the look the dog in the video gives to the camera person at the end, after he's defeated the bath. Its a little bit of a smile and also a bit of mirth at the whole scene. People think I'm reading in when I say stuff like that, but I don't think so. Dogs are more like us than not. In fact, my eldest dog has laughed twice in his life, and both times it was when one of his little sisters accidentally got water dripped on her from the hose in our backyard. Apparently that is the funniest shit he's ever seen.

    And our youngest has also cried twice. Literally cried, once like a wailing baby when I was trying to get her away from some poisonous weeds I was pulling out and I got a bit upset and worried, and another time when her older sister snapped at her for something unexpected. She cried with that stuttering sound a little kid makes, and then pushed softly at her sister, clearly exclaiming her shocked surprise that her big sis would be mean to her like that and reproving her for it. Our middle dog barks with a disapproving roo roo roo sounds that drops pitch and trails off at the end. She does this whenever we are out for a while and then come back.

    I love dogs.

  3. LDoBe says:

    Rule #1 of overpowering a large breed dog: Be stronger than said dog.

    I had a St. Bernard-English Setter mix growing up. Fortunately, there was never a time I wasn't stronger than him, and he knew it. I trained him early on to be a big pushover because I never let him win in a battle of wills.

    Some people say that's breaking the dog's spirit. I see it more like applying discipline. How could a big animal respect people if he knows he can always ignore them, or shove them out of the way? So I never let him get away with shoving me, or ignoring me. And I think he benefited from that. I never bullied him. I just refused to allow him to get away with being stubborn, or trying to push anyone out of his way. And I did it early enough, and asserted myself often enough that he respected me.

  4. There's only two ways that dog is going in the water...

    1) pick it up; jump in
    2) pretend to drown

    The downside is that neither of these is likely to work twice...

  5. jlw says:

    All depends on how you do it. Pyr's are famously independent and work more in a "I am your partner" way with their human pals. They are not mastered by a human. Nemo knows how to do all the tricks and when he is feeling cooperative, I can walk him barely holding the leash. When he decides to pull, I am a kite. It is all about showing him that listening to me is in his best interests. As long as he trusts that I am doing the right thing/taking care of him he listens. When he decides I am just doing shit to make my life easy or his hard, he plants like the dog in the video and becomes one with the Earth.

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