Milo walks fence line why does he do this ?

by Jeanette
(Northern Illinois , USA )

Milo smiling

Milo smiling

Milo walks fence line at the dog park. He is serious and dedicated in his attitude. If he meets any dogs that are submissive in thier personalitys . He corrals them until they walks the fence line with him . In a line. Around and around until . He signals by a bark and they all start running around playing .

He is my daughter service dog. He is pyrenee x St. Bernard x white Labrador. . He loves being her service dog and he loves being a dog friend . So, why does he do this . What does it mean.

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Aug 27, 2018
he's a guardian
by: Anonymous

Your Milo is following his instinct which is, to secure a safe space between 'threat' and those for whom he has accepted as being his responsibility.
Threat, the immediacy and/or size of it, is his decision alone. You cannot alter this, as Pyrs were bred specifically to think for themselves. I'm not too sure how much the other 2 breeds figure into this, but this is a definite Pyr behaviour.
The actual fence is, for him, an enforced line in the sand. He cannot take charge of the space outside of the fence, although he sees, hears, smells all of it. ALL of it. Stuff we have long since tuned out and no longer pay attention to. So, he makes his presence known every single time he in this space. He cannot do otherwise. This is an undeniable part of his genetic footprint.
He's a guardian.
P.S. Love his speckles! Cute.

Aug 30, 2018
walking the fence line
by: Anonymous

My pyrs, walk the fence line every morning when they are let out and then park themselves at the highest point on the property to keep a watchful eye. I respect their need to walk this fence line and love they are on guard.

Aug 31, 2018
Well, know I know it
by: Jeanette

I've not tried to stop him I've wondered the reason for it. I'm glad to know about it. Dogs in the dog park that are not submissive personalities don't partade , they watch clumped up in a bunch. They stare and sniff.. they move thier ears and follow the parade with thier eyes.

Other dog owners say what' are Milo and the other dogs doing .I said they are on patrol duty .

This is a military town so the use of the phrase patrol duty, made perfect sense. Lol

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