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    Puppy (New Member)

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    Hello everyone!
    This is my first post on here and I have a question!
    I am looking to get another GP to watch my goats after losing my GP mix to an unfortunate escape and tangle with a bear. I have found some gorgeous pups, full blooded that are 13 weeks old. Is this too old to try to put with goats to bond? It is very close I think, and I have the time to devote to training one well. I have always never had problem with training. What do you guys think? I also have one baby kid that needs a friend.lol
    thanks so much,
    Crystal

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    At 13 weeks you will be pushing it I think. He will be wanting to be rambunctious, but, he will still bond. You might have an issue with the rough play. I would consider getting an older dog to introduce. These guys are smart and once they are convinced that the goats are what he is responsible for you won't have to worry about any bonding. There are several resources available for introducing older dogs to the herd and I'll help you find them if you need. Also an older dog can be ready to work in a couple of days as an effective deterrent, rather than waiting for the pup to mature.

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    I agree wih red about getting an older, established Pyrenees to usewith your herd. Many breeders have dogs that are waiting for homes and are working livestock while they wait. However, I have never heard or seen of a specific age where it is too old to start working. Most people I know don't start a pup out until they are four months because they are big enough to avoid being hurt by a mama critter if she has babies. But they do need to learn to be quiet and calm around the livestock which can be tricky for a pup. One pup we sold started outside in a barn in a pen next to the alpacas. at four months they introduced them with supervised visits. at six months this pup is with the herd all the time, unsupervised.

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    how nice, we've just got 3 goat kids and our female pyr surprised us by making herself as small as possible crawled towards the kids and got kissed for her efforts

    we introduced goats to our pyrs at 4 mths, but they are not full time LGD - does urs intend to be? makes a difference in bonding (but then again not all pyrs can make LGD), ask the breeder wat ur specs they can help out. and yes agree wit the posts here if u already have a bear attack, it may be better to get an adult dog/goat trained LGD but $$$. If general guarding, stay in house, i think 13 weeks is not too old, just more time on ur side to train

    I'd watch out for mean goats (they can harm the pup bad), pups will chase, get rough (but goats will "teach" the pyrs pretty fast) . choose docile friendly goat/s to be socialised wit ur pup. my BEK! a teen goat then, was a nice compatible size wit a 4 mth pyr.

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    Hi Crystal, In reading your post I would like to comment about the two GP puppies I bought at 13 weeks. The reading I did said they needed to be from 8 to 10 weeks to bond correctly but I didn't know about them till they were 13 weeks old. Surley a full grown goat would be hard on a young dog. In fact some goats would kill a young dog so I would be careful about introducing them to that kind of enviroment. What I did was put them with a flock of 50 lambs so everyone was on the same playing field. They pretty much are growing up together. It seems to be working very well. Perhaps you might think about introducing your young dog to a young goat so they can bond. When the two of them only have each other they will bond. Don't have too young of a goat though. It should be able to protect itself from some play that will happen. If you have several kids that would be better. Good Luck.

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