Containment

by Ann
(Springfield, Mo, Greene)

After purchasing a new Pyr how long does it take before you have to be concerned out then taking off when they are running loose on farm? The sheep have not arrived yet. Thanks.

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by: Donna

Pyrs must have fencing to contain them of at least 5 feet. Without it, your dog will be gone. Presumably, you will have fencing to contain the sheep.

If your dog has not been trained to livestock, you'll need to work with your dog on this. This means, leashing your dog to you as you work around the barn yard and fields. When you are not there, the dog needs to be penned near/around the animals until he is accustomed to them. This may take a month or so.

Pyrs must be at least 1.5 years before they can be left alone with the sheep once they are trained with them.

You should have at least two Pyrs. If there is only one dog, one predator will distract the dog while the other goes in to kill the livestock.

Make sure they are spayed/ neutered to ensure that they do not wander even when you are fenced.

Here is some more important information on fencing:

http://carolinapyrrescue.com/why-fences-arent-negotiable/

'A Pyr is hardwired to move around and roam in order to protect its territory and the things it considers its own within those boundaries. For this reason, the normal behavior expected of this breed is to want to take walk-abouts; they are designed to guard their flock by policing or patrolling.'

No electric fencing (they'll go through it), and no tie outs. They need to be able to freely patrol their boundaries.

I hope this helps.

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