great Pyrenees/kangal, any one with experiences (getting new dog)

itsasmallfarm

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hello everyone.

my family has decided we are getting a new dog, a livestock guarding dog to be exact, he is going to be a great Pyrenees kangal cross. so in about 3-4 weeks time we will be picking up this dog (or puppy to be exact he will be around 7-8 weeks old).

now we really (in my life time) only have had small dogs, a pom-poodle and a chihuahua. (both very small compared to this dog),

so does anyone here have any experiences with these breeds? i have read a bit about them but any tips would be awesome.

thank you itsasmallfarm out.
 

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This will be a big change, for sure!
Have you done obedience training with any of your little guys? Formal training? Do they listen to you or not? It's 'cute' to have little dogs bouncing around being silly, but won't be with a 100+ pound guard critter!
These dogs tend to be 'self-right' thinkers, rather than 'whatever you want, boss' types, which makes basic training most important and probably more time consuming.
Find a training class, or a trainer, for basic manners and obedience, and work with folks who have LGDs that are effective.
You do have fencing, right? This dog can't be visiting the neighborhood!
In general, think about how you want this dog to behave, and direct these behaviors from day one. Don't think some puppy idiocy is 'cute' and then try to fix it later!
Is this dog going to be living in the barn, or the house? With the animals he's supposed to bond with? That's usually what's done, and usually it takes more than one dog to cover 24/7.
Good luck! Pictures!
Health guarantees? Hips and elbows clear on ancestors? Have you met the parents? Will you have help choosing the right puppy in the litter? Look up specific breed health issues!!!
Mary
 

itsasmallfarm

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This will be a big change, for sure!
Have you done obedience training with any of your little guys? Formal training? Do they listen to you or not? It's 'cute' to have little dogs bouncing around being silly, but won't be with a 100+ pound guard critter!
These dogs tend to be 'self-right' thinkers, rather than 'whatever you want, boss' types, which makes basic training most important and probably more time consuming.
Find a training class, or a trainer, for basic manners and obedience, and work with folks who have LGDs that are effective.
You do have fencing, right? This dog can't be visiting the neighborhood!
In general, think about how you want this dog to behave, and direct these behaviors from day one. Don't think some puppy idiocy is 'cute' and then try to fix it later!
Is this dog going to be living in the barn, or the house? With the animals he's supposed to bond with? That's usually what's done, and usually it takes more than one dog to cover 24/7.
Good luck! Pictures!
Health guarantees? Hips and elbows clear on ancestors? Have you met the parents? Will you have help choosing the right puppy in the litter? Look up specific breed health issues!!!
Mary
we did train the little chihuahua at a pet train class. am planning on taking this dog to at-least the basic course.

yes we have fencing where this dog will be to protect our goats. and the plan is for him to live with the goats. :)

thank you very much.
 

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