Meet Athena...... our LGD (almost)

Discussion in 'Other Pets' started by MissMM, Mar 17, 2008.

  1. MissMM

    MissMM New Member

    Oct 22, 2007
    McGregor, MN
    I finally got my LDG! :stars: A Great Pyr we named "Athena" for Goddess of War..... any training suggestions from those of you that know what the books say, but then know how it really works?

    She was 8 weeks when we got her (3 weeks ago), not house broken nor around livestock yet, but only $500 w/no requirement to have her spayed if we choose not to. She's been in the house until it gets warm enough outside. I've been bringing her over to the goat pen for "supervised visits" & slowly increasing the amount of time she spends in there. So far, the puppy and the goats will only get near each other when I bring out the animal crackers........

    Any suggestions for how to foster the "instinct" to protect?

    Thanks in advance for your thoughts - mmm

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  2. fritzie

    fritzie New Member

    Oct 6, 2007
    i put my GP in with my goats at the age of 12 weeks. just make a place that she can get under or in to get away from the goats when she wants to. also she is going to get stepped on & pushed around & that is o.k. that is how she will learn to respect them. also DO NOT make a pet out of her. i have 2 GP one in with my bucks & 1 in with my does. i pat them & talk to them when i am out there with them but most of there affection comes from the goats.

  3. MissMM

    MissMM New Member

    Oct 22, 2007
    McGregor, MN
    do not make a pet out of her.......... hhhhhhhmmmmmmmmm...... :ROFL: too late, but I hear what you're saying. She needs to be attached to the goats, not me.

    I'm one of those people that makes a pet of almost every critter around. I've even tamed the chipmunks that live in the wood pile. The only things I haven't befriended are the pigeons and skunks that won't go away, or the deer that always eat my garden.
  4. Hailee's Herd

    Hailee's Herd New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
  5. Di

    Di Crazy Goat Lady

    Jan 29, 2008
    central PA
    That's a CUTE puppy! I know what you mean about making a pet of everybody! My hubby wants to explore guardian dogs, but we are on a busy hwy, even though the pasture fences are good, I'm sure a dog could find his way out. And, I hear they bark alot...good for a LGD, not so good if you have neighbors. I KNOW he would just bring the dog in, which would be ok, but that would defeat the purpose of getting an LGD!

    Keep us posted on her progress! If you don't get her spayed you'll have to lock her up for 2 weeks, twice a year.
  6. sweetgoats

    sweetgoats Moderator

    Oct 18, 2007
    Peyton CO.
    Oh my goodness, that face. She is so cute. Congratulations. What a doll :cool: