Goats came into the farm and then we looked at each other and thought…you know, now might be the time to get some LGD puppies so they bond well with the baby goats. We don’t do anything slowly that’s for sure lol. Meet Ruger and Remy, our livestock guardian dogs (aka: puppies).
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ARE THEY REALLY LIVING WITH THE GOATS?
They really are and anyone that knows me knows how hard it has been to leave these babies outside. We have 4 inside dogs…yes 4, but these specific pups are made to live outside and be around your livestock. That is their purpose.
Before we brought them to the farm, these puppies were around chickens, pigs, and goats. They listened to all the different livestock sounds so they were very used to that kind of noise. BUT…they are still puppies. Ones who like to bite, play, and are mischievous. Scott & I are trying to work with them a few times a day (short lessons) to teach them boundaries.
Just this morning I saw Ruger and Remy chasing my beloved Thelma and immediately reprimanded the behavior.
Ruger 14 weeks at his first vet visit with us. That’s what he thought about it.
I realized rather quickly (lol) that Great Pyrenees are not like other dogs. AKC describes them as “a large, thickly coated, and immensely powerful working dog bred to deter sheep-stealing wolves and other predators on snowy mountaintops. Pyrs today are mellow companions and vigilant guardians of home and family.” Source: HERE
This quote from the AKC made me giggle as well “They don’t see the point of all that sitting, heeling, and staying. They will let their boredom show by performing any task you deem important with extremely slow responses.”
So far, they are correct lol. I can remember when we got our two golden retriever puppies years ago. They loved nothing more than to fetch. I threw a heavy duty kong ball to Ruger the other day, he ran towards it, sniffed it, and came right back without it.
What they have learned so far is their name, sit, and are learning rather quickly what “no” means.
WHAT AND HOW MUCH DO THEY EAT?
Great Pyrenees are big dogs. BIG. After lots of research and talking to our vet, we decided that they would be on a completely different dog food than the rest of our dog flock. They will surpass weights of every single one of our inside dogs and they need the correct nutrition to keep them healthy and strong.
Purina Pro Plan Large Breed Puppy Dry Dog Food is the choice we made. Right now Ruger (at his last vet visit) weighed 40 pounds already so we needed a dog food that was high quality so we don’t have to feed as much. What do I mean? The cheaper dog foods ratio to feed are so high when Purina Pro is using about 1/2 that for each feeding. I am adding a small amount of organic chicken stock to their dry food to soften it a bit. Do I need to? No, but I like to.
Remy is about 5 weeks younger than Ruger so she gets about a 1/2 cup less than him. They are fed twice a day and fed in a separate kennel we found a on FB marketplace. Scott placed the kennel inside the fenced in goat area so they could eat in peace. It has worked out great so far.
Remy at 9 weeks. First day with us on the farm.
WHY TWO LGDS?
Ask any legitimate breeder of Great Pyrenees and they will tell you that they work better in pairs. We had actually brought Remy home first and picked up Ruger two days later. She looked so lonely out there with the goats and needed a teammate to help her. At least that’s what I kept telling myself lol.
Truth be told, it was the best decision. They love each other so very much and have played with each other more, leaving the goats to be goats for the most part.
They are covered in mud from walking down to the pond with us to meet the ducks. Reminded them again that chickens and ducks are friends, not food.
NEXT FOR THEM
They will continue to live with the goats full time with periodically having farm time outside of the fenced in area. We want them to be able to know the property, the safe areas, and let them get used to their surroundings in a safe manor. Did you know that normally adult LGDs sleep during the day and are up at night?
They will normally bark a lot during the night to ward off any predators lurking about and we love them for it. They will allow us to sleep soundly knowing our farm is in good hands…one day lol.
Do you have livestock guardian dogs on your property? Leave us any tips/tricks you have by leaving a blog comment.