Adding New Dogs Into an Existing Livestock Guardian Dog Pack

Adding New Dogs Into an Existing Livestock Guardian Dog Pack
Add to Favorites Reading Time: 8 minutes By Brenda M. Negri Many operators incorrectly start their LGD experience by purchasing, training, and using just one dog at a time. They usually find out sooner than later, they should have bought two dogs or more to start. To be used successfully as guardians of livestock, LGDs should be run in pairs or more. A ravenous wolf pack or bear will make a short order meal of just one LGD. Bottom line: There’s strength in numbers. Eventually the shepherd realizes he must add more dogs but often is afraid to, or confused on how best to do it. I’ve run as many as 25 adult LGDs at one time. That’s an exceptional number of dogs to be running together safely and cohesively as a family pack. It has offered me a wonderful opportunity to learn about canine pack life, canine body language

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