LGD Bonding and Early Training Procedures



Properly selecting a livestock guardian dog (LGD) puppy is a crucial first step in raising an effective and dependable LGD. The LGDs' behaviors are greatly influenced by how they are treated, bonded, and trained during the first year of their life. Based on preliminary data from LGDs reared by the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in San Angelo, Texas, dogs that are bonded just after weaning at a producer's ranch are more likely to remain with livestock than dogs bonded by a breeder and purchased at an older age. (6 pages)

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