Livestock Guard Dogs in Action


What to do if you come across a livestock guard dog while hiking in the mountains...

In response to the reappearance of predatory animals in the Alps, many shepherds and farmers use guard dogs to protect their livestock. These dogs live with the herds and have an instinctive urge to protect them from any exterior threat, including humans. Nicolas, a certified mountain leader. will teach you how to react when you come across a Patou (or Pyrenean Mountain Dog).

Equipment required:
– Backpack, trousers or shorts, suitable walking clothes depending on the weather conditions, windproof jacket, good walking shoes, walking sticks (recommended), pair of binoculars, drinks and small snack.

Practical information :
– Medium hike (3 to 4 hours walking maximum).
– Animals are not allowed.

Animation maintained from 2 participants minimum.
Reservations are open until 5pm the day before.

Opening hours

Sunday 10 July 2022 between 1 pm and 6 pm.
Meet at the Champéry Tourist Office.

Sunday 7 August 2022 between 1 pm and 6 pm.
Meet at the Champéry Tourist Office.



Adult: 35 CHF, Child (10-15 years): 20 CHF.

Accompanied by an adult up to 15 years.


Office du tourisme de ChampéryRue du Village 54CH - 1874Champéry
Get directions

In the centre of town, facing the bell tower.

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