Training Livestock Guardian Dogs

Jan Dohner explains how to start training livestock guardian dogs, what to look for when choosing a livestock guardian dog and how to socialize your pup.

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Jan Dohner explains how to start training livestock guardian dogs, what to look for when choosing a livestock guardian dog and how to socialize your pup.

“I just brought home a livestock guardian dog. Now what?” I read this question almost every day on various online livestock guardian dog forums. First, congratulations! Second, here are some tips on training livestock guardian dogs and welcoming your working dog to your farm.

Hopefully, you’ve located a healthy pup from a good breeder who chooses breeding dogs carefully for their working behaviors, temperament, and soundness. Most importantly, if you want a good working dog, you’ll need to get a pup from a recognized LGD breed or a cross of recognized breeds — and nothing else. LGD breeds were developed through centuries to be perfectly suited to this work, and they inherit a set of genetic behaviors and traits. You can’t train another breed to be an LGD. (See our Guidelines for Selecting an LGD Pup or Adult below.)

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People are usually happy to offer up LGD advice; unfortunately, much of it is contradictory. Myths and misconceptions abound. If you bought your pup from a reliable breeder with good working dogs, that breeder’s advice will be enormously helpful to you.

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