Help with LGD - Page 3
I know this is an older thread, but may I suggest joining the FB page Livestock Guardian Dogs? There is a lot of misinformation here. LGDs are not completely trustworthy around livestock until at least 2 years old. They should be exposed to the flock they will be guarding, but without access. Keep them in a completely enclosed pen that is in the livestock's enclosure,and only let them out with them on a leash at first,and when they show correct submissive behavior, supervised off leash. Correct any bad behavior immediately. Do not give them an opportunity to harm or kill the animals. That is just setting them up to fail. Training takes a lot of time and effort, but it is so rewarding when the lightbulb finally clicks in their head. Chickens are harder to train to, because they are living squeeky toys. Shock collars and muzzles are a lazy way of avoiding the work needed to be put in to training a good LGD.
You should never,ever shave a pyr. They need to be brushed out on a regular basis, especially in spring, when they are blowing their winter coats. The air will circulate under the longer remaining
coat and act as a coolant to them. Shaving them exposes them to sunburn, and no way to keep the heat off them.
I apologize for any weird spacing, my keyboard is suddenly having issues.