Your Great Pyrenees was made to protect. Pyrenees were bred in their namesake mountains in Southern France to protect livestock of all kinds. They have been used for this purpose to this day. The Pyrenees' immense, majestic size helps to intimidate predators, while the shaggy white coat protects the dog from all weather while making it clearly visible and distinguishable from predators at night.
Pyrenees are known for being calm and laid-back, appearing almost zen-like, with a happy smile. They can move quickly, however, when it comes to protecting their livestock. They naturally patrol and protect their property and charges, and nap throughout the day and night so as to remain vigilent. With their powerful frame, excellent protection instincts, and weather tolerant capablities, the Pyrenees is a natural choice for guarding any sort of livestock, including chickens.
While your Pyrenees puppy is insanly cute and cuddly, she cannot be thought of as your pet if she is to be an efficient guardian. While your Pyrenees will love you and enjoy your company, her real family must be her livestock. Since chickens are small and fragile, your Pyrenees must learn from an early age that she must be gentle with them. Furthermore, your Pyreneese will need to learn to watch out for predators from the sky as well as from the land. A hawk can take a chicken before your Pyrenees can notice if she is not on the lookout. Finally, you will need to accustom your Pyrenees to strangers coming to your property, as well as having a vet examine her. Just because she will live with your flock doesn't mean she doens't need social skills.
I thought I trained the dogs to protect our birds and not kill them but Tracker, the male dog, is still trying to play with them and licked a few birds to the point where feathers are missing. What can I do to fix this? thank you in advance.
Hello, I'm surprised the birds let Tracker get that close, long enough to lick feathers - I guess they are not afraid of the dogs at all. I don't have a lot of experience with that but I can recommend this to read: https://wagwalking.com/training/not-attack-chickens. All of the methods are good. As well, https://wagwalking.com/training/not-kill-chickens. Brush up on Tracker's (and Tundra's) obedience skills so that their recall is impeccable and their Down, too (to have them drop on command).https://wagwalking.com/training/drop-down. For recall, to have them come back to you and leave the chickens, this is excellent: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-whippet-to-recall. Good luck!
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