Great Pyrenees help

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  1. Sara+pumpkin

    Sara+pumpkin Active Member

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    Jul 21, 2015
    Hello! We are taking in two Great Pyrenees males this weekend. They are both livestock guardians on farms- but the current owners are moving to an apartment and a city. These pups are from two different places and have never met, they’re both male, one of them is five(not neutered) and one of them is 1(neutered). My question is- how should we introduce them and how can we ensure they don’t escape? We have 4’ high wire fencing- they will live in the cow pasture- but I’m very concerned they will jump or dig under the fence and get hit by a car. We have 20 acres but live by a highway. Our other GP’s have grown up on the farm and are used to the area and the pasture. Lastly, should we have the five year old neutered? I’ve never not fixed an animal but I’m wondering if there is a benefit to their guarding abilities. Thank you all in advance for the help!
     
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  2. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    I'm sure someone will have advice for you.
     

  3. SalteyLove

    SalteyLove Well-Known Member

    Jun 18, 2011
    New England
    I think you'll definitely need to stall or kennel them securely for the first week or longer and walk the pasture perimeter with them several times a day. Do you know the type of fence they each respect now?

    Do not feed them next to each other initially. Do not let introduce them face to face on the ends of straining leashes with tension. A long walk moving in the same direction and gradually moving closer together is best.

    Neutering will not hinder guard ability and will help limit roaming. If at ALL possible to have done on the way home/as soon as you pick him up that would be ideal. That way you are no disrupting his acclimation period.
     
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  4. Caileigh Jane Smith

    Caileigh Jane Smith Active Member

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    Dec 1, 2019
    Missouri, USA
    Don't know anything about Great Pyrenees, but I used to raise Collies, and I know that intact males fight. Even laid back, gentle, personable Collies. They may work out a pecking order, but if you have an unspayed female dog around for them to compete over, you may have trouble on your hands. We got sick of our male dogs fighting, so just quit ever allowing more than one of them out to run at a time.
     
  5. Sara+pumpkin

    Sara+pumpkin Active Member

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    Jul 21, 2015
    Thank you!!!
     
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  6. Sara+pumpkin

    Sara+pumpkin Active Member

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    Jul 21, 2015
    This is very helpful. Thank you!
     
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  7. Sfgwife

    Sfgwife Well-Known Member

    Feb 17, 2018
    North Cakalaki
    We got diggers. So we had do hot wire on bottom. We did it on top just in case. But the bottom was essential to keep them in.
     
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  8. NDinKY

    NDinKY Well-Known Member

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    Aug 3, 2019
    Kentucky
    Our GP is definitely a digger. We have hot wire strung low and high for him.
     
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