When you arrive home with your dog, please keep it on a leash and introduce
it to those animals you want it to live with. Understand that your Great
Pyrenees will not
want to be friends with other dogs and we advise against training it to accept
non-guardians as ok in the goat yard, especially working herding dogs. If you
work your animals with a dog, please pen your guardians during the time you’re
actually working your animals. Your Pyr will not want to let your herding dog
work as it will appear to be harassing the animals.
You have purchased your Great Pyrenees to perform as a Livestock Guardian
Dog. Great Pyrenees will do that job with excellence if you let
them. One of the most common problems
people face is that they unknowingly train the dog to associate human friendship
and treats with not working as an LGD. Feel free to pet your Great
Pyrenees and give him or her treats, just do it in the goat yard when the dog is
with the goats. Make sure you don't train your Great Pyrenees to want to
hang around the house yard or even stay at the gate to the goat yard, hoping for
some affection from you. Your dog is supposed to bond with the goats
and like you, not the other way around. Our rule of thumb is: Nothing
good ever happens outside of the goat yard. You don't want an LGD that
wants to lay on the back porch like Bob, our farm dog.
Great Pyrenees around the pen or the perimeter of your pasture each day for
two or three days to acquaint it with its new home. When you can tell the dog is
comfortable in its situation, release it.
Great Pyrenees will consume large quantities of water during the hot months,
they will also visit standing water to cool down. This water may be a lake or a
water bowl or anything in between. Please keep water available for your Pyrs
during hot weather.
Double dew claws on the hind legs are a breed characteristic of Great
Pyrenees. Occasionally, these claws may grow excessively and need trimming so
they will not injure your dog’s pad.
We give all of our dogs,
Ivermectin, generic Ivomec, (NOT Ivomec Plus)
monthly to prevent heartworm. Ivermectin is given orally for this purpose. We
strongly recommend that you consult your vet for dosage
and a recommendation to continue this practice with your new Pyr (Great
Pyrenees only, this can be lethal to collie breeds, some herding dogs, including Australian Shepherds,
are included in this category.) Your dog
should also be checked for worms at least every year or when his/her appearance
indicates it through either you or your vet taking and checking a fecal sample. Ivermectin is not
for tape worms and you should not count on it to
protect your dog from them.
Your Pyr has a veterinarian administered current rabies shot and a tag to
indicate that. If a vet does not give the shot, in Oklahoma your dog will be
treated as if it has not received a rabies shot. Please keep your Great Pyrenees current
with its rabies shots and check your state laws on the subject.
Your Livestock Guardian Dog was also given a 7 way shot for distemper, lepto, corona and other
diseases which should be renewed each year.
External parasites (ticks and fleas) can kill a dog. Please inspect your dog
on a regular basis for infestations. We use Frontline from our vet and still
have to supplement that treatment in bad years. Nothing is foolproof and ticks can kill a dog
in two days from the first apparent symptoms.
Pyrenees are curious and often playful; they like to take things like gloves,
tools or other interesting objects. Please make sure poisons and other injurious
objects are stored safely.