height of fence needed

by Helen Yzaguirre
(Rock Hill, SC)

I have small side yard about 12 wide by 80 ft long with 4 ft black aluminum fence. People and dogs walk by during day. The front of house has 3 ft fence. If trained and socialized from a pup will my Pyrenees bark at neighbors and try and jump the fence? I would be walking my Pyrenees up to 5 miles a day. I am retired at with my dog most of the day.

Comments for height of fence needed

Average Rating starstarstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

Jan 31, 2017
Rating
starstarstarstarstar

by: Great Pyrenees Club

They can jump 4 feet. A minimum of 5 feet is recommended. Even then, some will scale the fence to get out. It depends on the dog.

No, you cannot train a Pyr to not jump out or not bark.

Here is a brief summary of what to expect from a Pyr:

They are beautiful dogs with great temperaments given the right breeding, socialization, care including diet and training.

They require a good weekly grooming to keep them mat free and their skin healthy (hence, pain free from the pulling of mats as they move), and cutting their nails including their dew claws every couple of weeks to a month. NEVER have their dew claws removed. This is a barbaric practice. Simply keep the dews trimmed.

They molt twice a year and all year round so your vacuum stays full. NEVER shave a Pyr. Their double coats keep them cool in summer and warm in winter. If you don't like grooming, take your dog to a master groomer. If you don't want to, this isn't the dog for you.

Their instinct it to wander. Therefore, they require at least a 5-foot secure fence in a large yard in which they can play, run and watch over. Some have been know to scale any height of fencing. No tie outs for these guys. It can lead to aggression since they cannot fully watch over their territory. If they are out all day, as they usually prefer, they need shelter from the elements. And, no electric collars.

They bark more than most dogs and neighbours do complain. That is a common reason for people surrendering their Pyrs (they didn't do their research). Their bark is what deters predators and it is instinct to them. That and marking their territory. To take away their bark is to take away who they are. The barking can be managed but it takes time, patience and consistency with positive-reinforcement training. If you don't like barking, they are not the dog for you.

They dig holes in your garden to stay cool in summer.

They require a lot of socialization as pups onward with people and other dogs. They also require positive-reinforcement training (a trainer who shows you how to work with a clicker). Pyrs, nor any dogs, take kindly to any kind of punishment. Always use positive-reinforcement training.It will lead to aggression. Dr. Sophia Yin is a great website resource.

It's important to work with the dogs as if in a dance and you are leading. Rewards for good behaviour and redirect for unwanted behaviour. It's up to you to make them a good canine citizen. When engaging a trainer, ensure they use positive-reinforcement training to show you how to manage your dog. Never send a dog away for training. You are the one working with the dog, not a trainer. If you are not ready to train a dog, this is not the dog for you.

To train a Pyr is not like training some other dogs. They are not eager-to-please and just as soon walk away from you than do as you say. They were bred by man to be used as guardian livestock dogs because they do not require human intervention to tell them how to do their job. Lots of patience, consistency and time is required to work with them. If you want an obedient dog, this is not the dog for you.

They require regular walks, of course, so they get out and see the world. They must be leashed because they will wander. Again, they have been specifically bred to wander with sheep as they watch over them. It's suggested to use a front lead harness which will cut down on any damage to the spine should the dog pull although, with a little work from puppyhood, they should be good on a leash.

There are those in need of a home because someone didn't realize they would get so big, bark so much, leave so much hair in the house, wander, and require work.

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. Aggression

    Jul 08, 19 10:26 AM

    After my son researched the anatolian/pyrenees mix he approved of my buying a pup for their little family which consists of my son, my daughter in law

    Read More

  2. Grooming / Bathing

    Jul 03, 19 08:04 AM

    I have a Great Pyrenees by the name Momo and when I give her a bath she would stay clean about 4 days and get right back dirty again.... And it’s summer

    Read More

  3. Male Siblings

    Jul 03, 19 08:00 AM

    I found 2 male GP puppies in a box by the side of the highway a month ago. I took them to the vet and other than being infested with fleas and underweight

    Read More

  4. Basket muzzles

    Jun 28, 19 07:33 AM

    We have a rescued 3 year old GP. She is reactive and has fear issues. Our positive trainer suggested slowly acclimating her to movement outside keeping

    Read More

  5. Quincy

    Jun 25, 19 01:53 PM

    *ADOPTION PENDING* DOB: August 22, 2018 Pyr mix Dogs: Yes but advise a female resident dog as dogs of same sex do not always see eye-to-eye. Cats:

    Read More

  6. Kobe

    Jun 19, 19 08:54 AM

    Kobe went into foster and he was adopted before we could post him. Congratulations Kobe and family. DOB: March 25, 2017 Kobe is a big white fluffy. He

    Read More

  7. Yuki

    Jun 19, 19 05:26 AM

    *ADOPTED* Not all families are suited to a particular dog and so, with Yuki, her sweet personality attracting a few families but not truly understanding

    Read More

  8. Holly

    Jun 11, 19 10:28 AM

    Holly, the big white fluffy, was adopted before we could post her. She will have a wonderful life with her male Pyr pal working on the farm looking after

    Read More