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How to train livestock guardian dogs using positive methods, including both working dogs and pets.
Everything You Need to Know About the Leash Training
Training your Great Pyrenees or other livestock guardian dog to walk with a loose leash might sound like a pipe dream, but believe me, with a little hard work and a lot of patience, you can do this! In this article, you'll learn the steps you need to take to stop your Pyr from leash pulling.
Need to Get Your LGD to Stop Barking?
Do livestock guardian dog breeds bark excessively? Here is everything you need to know about why your dogs bark, when you need your dogs to bark, and what you can do about barking if it becomes a problem. Whether you have a breed that barks a lot, like Great Pyrenees, Anatolian Shepherds, and Kangals, or a breed that barks less, like Spanish Mastiffs and Polish Tatras, you can can work with your dogs to get them barking only at the right things and at the right time!
How Long Will My Favorite LGD Live?
Because livestock guardian dogs are mainly giant dog breeds, their lifespans tend to be shorter than some smaller dogs. The average lifespan is 10-12 years, but there is some variation among breeds. Whether you're interested in Great Pyrenees, Anatolian Shepherds, or any other breed, check out the ultimate "breed vs. lifespan chart" here!
Livestock Guardian Dogs & Predators
Livestock guardian dogs have numerous ways they protect their charges and territory from predators, such as wolves, bears, and birds of prey. Attack is typically a last resort. Learn here how LGDs use different methods to protect against different types of predators.
Livestock Guardian Dogs for Hot Climates
Many livestock guardian dogs struggle in the heat if precautions aren't taken. Learn how to care for your dogs in hot climates and summer weather. Here's how to keep them safe.
How to Care for LGDs in the Winter
Learn everything you need to know about caring for your LGDs in the winter or in cold climates. Learn about proper shelter, bedding, foot care, and food and water considerations to keep your dogs safe from the wet and cold!
Should You Get a Male or Female Livestock Guardian Dog?
Some people claim female LGDs make better guardians, others claim that males do. Still others say it doesn't matter. Read this article to learn the truth about livestock guardian dog gender!
How Many LGDs Do You Really Need?
If you want livestock guardian dogs to protect your livestock, you'll need to make sure you get enough. The "right number" will depend on many different variables. Whether you have Great Pyrenees, Anatolian Shepherds, or a less common bread, learn here how to figure out the number of dogs you need for your particular farm or homestead.
Brain Training For Dogs: The Best Online Obedience Training for LGDs
Livestock guardian dog (LGD) breeds must have obedience training to be the most effective livestock guardians. Read here about the importance of obedience training and why I've found that the online program 'Brain Training for Dogs' is the ultimate solution to obedience training "stubborn" dogs.
The Best Livestock Guardian Dog Toys!
Wondering what kind of toys you should get for your livestock guardian dogs? Bred to have an independent nature and to have a low prey drive (can’t have them attacking the livestock!), your LGDs aren't always interested in the same toys that make your other dogs ecstatic. For a list of 25 super durable toys recommended by LGD owners themselves, check out this article!
Everything You Need to Know About Livestock Guardian Dog Feeding
Livestock guardian dog breeds should be fed high quality commercial food or a carefully balanced raw food diet. To find out which diet is best for your dogs, when to feed them, how much, and problems to look out for, take a look at this article!
The Best Treats and Chews for Your Livestock Guardian Dog
Your livestock guardian dogs (LGDs) will absolutely love these treats, bones, and chews. Learn the top 11 most popular snacks for your Great Pyrenees, Anatolian Shepherd, Maremma, or other LGD!
Have An Escape Artist On Your Hands? Learn How to Keep Your Pyr in the Yard
Check out this article to see how to train your dog to stop digging under and jumping over your fence, and how to modify your fence in order to keep your dog in the yard (without training).