seek shelter

by Krista
(Ohio)

My 8 month old Great Pyrenees will not seek shelter. He has access to a barn and a large dog house yet he chooses to stay outside unprotected from the rain or cold. He is separated from the livestock because the older goat is incredibly mean. He has about an acre of yard to roam. Why wont he seek the barn for shelter? How can I train him to do so? He will go in the barn with me and eat there yet leaves when I leave.

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Nov 13, 2016
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by: Great Pyrenees Club

You cannot force him to do anything. He is a Pyr. You have provided him with shelter and he will seek it when he is ready and he feels he needs it. You're doing fine.

Pyrs loves to be outside. He is young. You'll find as he ages that he will probably seek shelter more often. Right now, he is young and his coat keeps him well protected. Make sure to groom him regularly to keep him from matting and allow the air to flow through.

He is too young to be left with the livestock right now. You are right to keep the goat away from him. He should be ready when he is 1.5 years old. More mature and ready to work with the animals.

I don't know how many livestock you have, but it's prudent to have another Pyr to relieve him from his duties when he needs to rest. Make sure it's female (make sure she is spayed).

You might consider adopting a Pyr. You can train them to watch your herds. You would be giving a dog a much needed home.

This is a good group to join: https://www.facebook.com/groups/658231070900934/

On one last note, please make sure to neuter him if you haven't already. Over 1,000,000 dogs are put down every year in the USA because of unwanted dogs and puppies that result.

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by: Krista

Thank you for your reassurance. Looks like Im on the right track.

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