Great Pyrenees chasing goats.

by Tami Bone
(Athens, New York)

We got a "freebie" Great Pyrenees from a family who had to get rid of her. My husband thought she would be a great guard dog for our goat herd. She is about a year and half old, not spayed. She sleeps in the barn right outside of the goat pen and she is chained up. During the day, my husband takes her for a long walk and then puts her and the goats out in the field. They are all enclosed together inside portable electric fencing. When we first got her, she got zapped and has not fought the fence since. She has gotten loose a few times when I accidentally unhooked her chain and she immediately went up to the neighbors and chased their chickens. She does not come when you call her, does not respond to "no". The biggest concern I have is that she has started chasing the goats and nipping at them. She does not chomp down on them but it seems like the goats are really afraid of her. We have several pregnant goats and I don't want them to be stressed out all the time. I am afraid she is going to hurt them but my husband says she is just "playing". What's the deal with her? Will she calm down if we get her fixed? How do we break her of chasing the poor goats?

Comments for Great Pyrenees chasing goats.

Average Rating starstarstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

Feb 27, 2017
Rating
starstarstarstarstar

by: Great Pyrenees Club

Please do your research on this breed. They wander and we never recommend electric fencing.

YES, spay her. You do not want unwanted puppies and nor do you want her to wander to get pregnant which she will do or an intact male will get her in any case.

She is a pup and she is playing with your goats. You cannot just let her loose into a herd and expect her to know what to do.

It's unfortunate you have to chain her up. Pyrs should never be chained up but fenced in. If you chain her up, she cannot defend herself nor her herd.

You must work with her. Keep her leashed as you work around the goats. If she attempts to play, give her an 'ah ah', a tug on the leash, and continue to do what your doing. The result of the training will not happen overnight. Give it a week or so.

Do not allow her alone with the goats until she understands that playing with them is not allowed.

Do not use punishment with her.

Goats can also be idiots and attack her so for safety, until she gets it, keep her in a pen amongst the goats when you are not there. Do not tie her up.

Start your research here:

http://www.great-pyrenees-club-of-southern-ontario.com/Great-Pyrenees.html

Feb 27, 2017
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
good advice
by: Anonymous

Just to add a bit to the club's good advice, and all the reading material on this site, you will find that 'no' does not compute with your Pyr. They are not 'obedient' dogs. They think for themselves. You cannot change this. One day you will come to respect her inborn intelligence.
If you can, place her inside a pen within the goat herd for some hours every day, so they can be safe from each other. She can relax as guardian, until the day she is needed to keep predators away. Those head-butts hurt and she will continue to chase the goats away. Potential is good that this will accelerate if you do not take the time with her, now. She is young to be expected to be with the goats full time.
Spay, for sure. Her scent is a powerful invitation to all intact males for miles around. Your goats will be at great risk from all those male visitors if you neglect spaying.
Try and find someone who has experience with working dogs. Specifically Pyrs, if you can find anyone in your location. Ask questions and then follow their advice to the letter. You both have a lot of learning to do, and 'experience' is a great teacher. This may take many months or years, but your 'freebie' will reward you if you stick to the program. Good luck.

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Great Pyrenees Questions.









Breaking News

  1. Can you really ride them like Kiba does??

    Nov 23, 17 05:21 AM

    Can you really ride them like Kiba does??

    Read More

  2. Limping

    Nov 22, 17 07:59 AM

    We have 3 pyrenees/hound mix pups. They are 7 months old. Each has come up limping off and on. Seems to be the ankle, not hip. Then it goes away. Any ideas

    Read More

  3. Jumping

    Nov 16, 17 11:39 AM

    My pyrenees st bernard mix jumps on us all ths time. I have tryed everything please help

    Read More

  4. Zeus - Courtesy Posting

    Nov 15, 17 05:18 PM

    Zeus is a lovely sweet one year and eight month old male at about 100 pounds. He has no issues other than being a young pup. He is quite rambunctious

    Read More

  5. Growling

    Nov 07, 17 05:38 PM

    Growels at our smaller dogs.gets jealous at them being on my lap

    Read More

  6. Teething

    Nov 07, 17 05:37 PM

    When do grat pyranese get their adult teeth? Are puppies known to chew?

    Read More

  7. Beau

    Nov 07, 17 05:35 AM

    Your paw prints are on our hearts. It is with great sadness that we tell the world that Beau crossed the rainbow bridge peacefully during the night. We

    Read More

  8. Rear feet - Angle out

    Nov 05, 17 11:37 AM

    I have a Pyrenees-Anatolian mix. She is 10 months old and about 80 pounds. Her rear feet toe-out quite a bit. I was wondering if this is normal.She does

    Read More