Livestock Guardian Great Pyrenees Puppy Application
This application is for those interested in an LGD Great Pyrenees puppy. All questions are required- incomplete applications will not be considered. Filling out an application is not a guarantee of a puppy.
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Name, Address, Phone Number, Email *
Do you understand that dog ownership is a lifelong commitment? Will you do whatever is within your power to offer this puppy the best possible environment in which to thrive? *
Do you live in an urban or rural setting? House or apartment? Rent or own? If you rent, provide the name and contact information of the property owner to confirm they are in agreement with your purchase of a puppy. *
Name & phone number of your current veterinarian *
Describe your family structure, number of people in your family and their ages. Are there children, older adults or those with special needs living in your home? *
Describe you families activity level. *
Is anyone in your home allergic to dogs? Anyone with issues with dogs, especially large breeds? *
Is everyone in your household in agreement about the puppy? *
What are your expectations for this dog? What type of temperament are you looking for in a puppy? What activities do you expect the dog to participate in, if the puppy will not be guarding livestock? *
Your knowledge and experience with LGD breeds; any Great Pyrenees experience. Have you owned a Pyr before? *
Have you owned other dogs before? If yes, please list including where the dog is currently or why they don't live with you any longer. *
Who will be responsible for this dog's care on a day to day basis? Who will care for the dog when you are on vacation or out of town? *
Do you understand that the average costs per year to raise a single Great Pyrenees are about $1000 the first year and $500 annually after that. Are you able to comfortably afford this puppy? *
The double coat of the Great Pyrenees needs regular care. They do shed a lot especially at certain times of the year. Are you able to keep up with regular coat (and nail) care on your own or with the help of a groomer? *
Do you understand that barking is common for Great Pyrenees? How would you navigate nuisance barking? Will you be prepared to keep them indoors, if necessary? *
Do you have nearby neighbors? Are they aware that you're giving consideration to adding a Great Pyrenees to your family? *
This puppy has been microchipped to ensure that it will always be tracked back to its owner and original breeder. For optimal safety, what will you do to make sure the dog isn't running free or getting out of gates, fences, or open doors? *
Other animals in the home, not including livestock? Please describe in detail- species, breed, temperament, sex, and age. *
Type and height of fencing? NOTE: Invisible Fencing is not recommended for Great Pyrenees- these puppies must be behind permanent, well installed fencing or if being used as an LGD electronet fencing that is always connected to electricity. Photos of your fencing set-up may be requested. *
Why have you chosen this particular breed over another breed of dog? For an LGD, why this breed over another LGD breed? *
Do you understand that Great Pyrenees have a desire to think and act independently and as such require firm yet gentle boundaries from the moment they arrive at their new home? *
If this puppy is to be a companion, do you have a basic obedience and/or socialization class in mind in which to take the puppy ? If yes, where? Even if this puppy will be a livestock guardian, socialization is very important and can happen right on the farm. Ask us for more information on this. *
Are you aware of the laws governing dogs and owner responsibilities in your town or area? *
If you are new to LGDs, do you have a resource or mentor to assist and support you as you train your dog? *
What type of livestock, and in what numbers, will the dog be guarding? *
What is the total size of your property? What is the size of the area the puppy will eventually patrol? *
What predators you may encounter on your property? *
If the dog isn't guarding where will it spend its time? Do you have an expectation that this dog will also be a companion animal? *
What type of housing will be available to this dog during the winter or rainy season? *
Are there regular or occasional visitors to your home/property? Will any visitors have access to the area the dog is guarding? *
Who will be responsible for overseeing the ongoing training of this puppy to ensure they are successful guarding livestock? *
Do you understand that the puppy can only be out with livestock under close observation until they are old enough to competently guard without mischief which not be until about 2 years of age? *
Do you understand that when the puppy is in training and isn't in working with livestock that it needs a safe place to live and sleep that is within close proximity to the livestock? *
Training a Livestock Guardian Dog takes time, dedication, patience, more patience, and at least two years of time. While this breed is genetically attuned to guard livestock they require ongoing guidance, supervision, and training to hone and refine their abilities. Puppies should never be placed out with livestock and expected to learn all they need to know without oversight from their human as this sets them up for negative behavior patterns and possibly failure. Do you understand and agree to these terms? *
Anything else you would like us to know as we consider puppy applications? *
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