I have a great pyrenees that is about 10 months old. I have him working the broilers and goats. But i haven't figure out a way for him to be in both fenced areas at once. I am thinking if i could put an invisible fence around both paddocks he could keep an eye on both. The only problem is i dont have a perimeter fence, so if i use an invisible fence its going to have to be about 100%. Does anyone have experience with large dogs and invisible fences? any ideas?
Is he pretty good about staying with the animals? How close are your neighbors? How does your dog act towards strangers/mail man?
Some dogs perceive it differently. We had a medium sized dog that kept digging under the fence and playing in the street so we tried an invisible fence. It did nothing, she would go beyond the line, collar would begin to shock, could see her neck twitching, not a bit of reaction out of her. Our room mate gave the ok to try it on his pit bull, she did a back flip when she reached the boundary.
A great Pyrenees will grow to be a very large dog. If it is a smart dog that won't leave its flock to chase a threat a long way off, and you have no close neighbors, might work. It kind of depends on how its pain tolerance compares to its prey drive. Also unless your worried about people harming your chickens and goats, socialize this dog with as many strangers as you can from a young age. You don't want him attacking the mail man or random other person that shows up to say hello. He should be aloof to strangers unless they are trying to attack your animals and you need to be able to trust that this will be the case if your not going to have a fence.
Old thread so I'm sure I can't help Drew, but for what it's worth. Invisible fences work with shock collars. You need contact with the skin for the dogs to feel the shock. Prys especially have really thick throat fur. You wound have to shave the neck area, for it to even have a chance of working. Also I've heard stories of really smart dogs laying close enough to the fence to trigger the warning beep, but not the shock. It slowly eats up the battery. When the beepping stops, they get up and walk across the line. If it were me, and the pens were close enough, I would have considered usuing a runner, between the pens.
We've gotta get close enough to that helmet to pull the choke on it's engine and flood his mind! Or, we could just read this tiny ad: