A livestock guardian dog is essential when homesteading or farming. The key to having a loyal, hard working adult LGD is the ongoing training which occurs as a pup.
Raising livestock is an investment, one which must be protected. Many homesteaders and farmers find having a livestock guardian dog on the property prevents the loss of livestock such as goats, sheep, even cattle.
“Livestock guardian dogs require a lot more work up front than say a donkey or a llama. If you buy a donkey or a llama and raise them with your animals, it is their instinct to protect those animals; end of story. This may not always be the case when you go the route of bringing home a livestock guardian dog (LGD). ” – Chelsea Van Roekel
Working dogs, aka livestock guardian dog, have an inner depth of knowledge for what they were created for, guarding. With this in mind, not just any dog will do. Find a rancher, homesteader, or breeder which raises working dogs. Also, make sure to see the parents in action prior to purchasing a pup.
Livestock Guardian Dog | training a pup
Many livestock guardian pups come from great working lines. However, continual training is necessary prior to leaving the dog with livestock.
With each phase of maturity the young dogs are introduced to various types of livestock. Only once trust has been established between the dog, livestock, and its handler should it be left for short periods of time to guard.
Blog Contributor: Chelsea Van Roekel, Parallel 45 Farm
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