Catching a Pyr

by holly loveday
(Mobeetie, Texas)

i have two great pyrenees about 2 years old. my son and I lived on little farm, with goats, cows, and chickens.
my son was my caregiver, but he passed away on Mothers Day 2018. now I need to move the dogs to different home. my friend has agreed to take them, but we cant catch the female. now, how can I catch her to get them moved.

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Dec 10, 2018
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Catching a Pyr
by: Donna

This is unfortunate that the dogs have not had socialization. Make sure your dogs are spayed/neutered before they go to their new home. You don't want any unwanted puppies.

You can try a big pen with a trap door, cover it with tree boughs. Make it look like it isn't a big pen. Get some really smelly food your dog would like and put it in the back of the pen. You may have to secure it to the back of the pen so she has to go right to it instead of just reaching her head over the trigger to get it. Once she steps on the trigger for the trap door, you'll have her.

Or, try using a rope and good food. This poor dog is terrified but hungry. Paste this URL into your browser:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Q3nIt06Atw

You may need to contact your local SPCA/Ministry of Natural Resources for a trap. Or, try contacting the National Pyr Rescue.

Dec 28, 2018
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catching my GP
by: Anonymous

thank you for this site. i am still in the process of catching my Great pyr. she is so beautiful. but let me tell you i have to figure out something soon. my neighbors are threatning to kill her. they say that she is killing their baby calves. i was in the understanding that they are not killer dogs. i have now given away all the hens. maybe i can train her and her brother to go into the chicken house to eat.
they have food every morning and at night, and she will come to eat about dark and stay at the house until morning, i can hear her barking and taking care of business out there at night, she is so precious, her brother is very loving, and snuggles with me when he comes to the house. she is the leader and he is the follower except for coming to the house. i will keep trying, have not found a trap yet, but maybe the chicken house will be the miracle for me,
ok, are these dogs killers. they did not bother my baby goats or the calves. just watched and it was a delight to watch them work.
another, if someone has time to answer, how far can i take them that they will not come back home... the man that wants them both lives only about 2 miles from their home. is this far enough, wish i could take them. but living in the city would not be good for them. they are used to running. i can see them having fun running here and there. thanks for every little bit of help.

Dec 28, 2018
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by: Donna

They will always try to go back home if they are not contained properly and no one pays attention to them.

They should never be allowed to roam freely out of fear they will be poisoned by someone not wanting them to bother their livestock, killed by someone for the same reason, hit by a car and the list goes on. It might be fun for them to run but it's irresponsible. These dogs can adapt to city living if they are walked and hiked with every day unless they are working dogs.

If they go to a home where they are contained with secure fencing of at least 6 feet and loved and worked with as in training, they will eventually forget their last home and stay where their new home is.

These dogs are not 'killers'. They will, if properly bred and trained to guard, watch over their livestock. She may be killing the calves but unless you see it yourself, it's hard to say. I can't see them doing that. If not trained properly with chickens, they will kill those because they are a funny fowl.

See if you can get the township to use a tranquilizer gun on her. The only issue with that is they still run once tranquilized and you don't want her vulnerable to predators when she falls over.

You can see if your vet will give you something to sedate her in her food (preferably raw meat so you know she gets it) but you have to be around to see where she goes and ensure no other animals get it.

Dec 30, 2018
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Some assistance
by: Anonymous

Hi Holly - have you tried contacting the great pyrenees reacue society. I see that you are in texas. https://www.greatpyreneesrescuesociety.org/. They serve the texas area and perhaps they can help you catch her. Here is their email. Email Us:
info@greatpyreneesrescuesociety.org

They are also on insta if you want to DM them directly.
Hope this helps and that she is ok!

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