Containment of Pyr

by Riaz Qureshi

I am about to adopt a 6 month old great pyrenees for our 80 acre farm land.
We plan to keep him outside our house or in our barn to guard the property and the sheep we are going to get. We plan to rarely ever have him inside the house due to my children who are allergic to dogs. Will the dog try to run away or will it stay in the property ?

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by: Donna

Have you done your research on this breed?

Man bred them to be independent thinkers and to wander with their livestock (which back then, were not fenced).

If your adopted dog was a companion dog, you will need to train him to work with the sheep. This will take about a month. This means leashing him to you when you're working around the barnyard and put him in a pen near the sheep so he gets to know them but can't get hurt nor hurt the sheep if he is unsure or wants to play with htem.

He won't ready to be left alone with the sheep until about 1.5 years old. He is still a puppy.

Also, depending on the size of the herd you are getting, the lay of the land (hilly or flat) and the acreage you have, you might consider getting another Pyr, as well. Coyotoes will distract one dog while the other coyotoes goes in for the kill. If it's a small herd with small acreage and flat, you should be okay.

Pyrs also need a break so the other Pyr takes over while the other can take a break.

He doesn't need to be in the house since he will be working. As long as he has the option of shelter, food and water he'll be fine. Ensure you do groom him regularly to keep his coat in good shape. Matts are very painful. Also keep his nails trimmed as required, including the dew claws.

Presumably, the sheep will be fenced. This should contain the dog but until the dog(s) know that they are there to guard the sheet, the may wander. Ensure that the dog(s) are spayed/neutered so they have no more of an inclination to wander.

I hope this helps.

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