Companion LGD

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It's become commonplace to see livestock guardian breeds in urban municipal animal shelters. Some are impounded as strays while others are surrendered due to typical breed behaviors such as barking, roaming or being to protective. Quite often, these breeds do not do well in a shelter environment and some are euthanized as a result of the behavior. Sometimes, the dog is adopted and surrendered yet again. This can be tragic for a breed that although large and intelligent, can be very sensitive.

 

When owned as a companion animal, livestock guardian breeds have particular needs in order to thrive. Setting the dog up in an environment where he/she cannot express typical tendencies may make a seemingly gentle giant overly protective and at risk for biting. Then, by no fault of their own, the dog is surrendered to a shelter and euthanized. Many become displaced because their original owners didn’t understand the time and care they would require. Livestock guardian dog breeds owned as companions bond very closely to their families, making re-homing devastating for the dog.

The answers

A very simple solution is prevention. When considering acquiring a livestock guardian dog breed, it is crucial to research and carefully consider the typical characteristics of the breed and what they require in order to thrive. As with any dog, some behaviors can be prevented and/or eliminated through education and proper training. However, it's important to expect that behaviors that allow an LGD to thrive in their role as protector can be the exact opposite of the behaviors considered desirable in a pet. Excessive barking, being overly protective may not be ideal for a family living in the suburbs. LGD breeds are independent thinkers making them great escape artists that require adequate fencing. 

 

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Our goals

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Our focus is to inform the public on the genetic traits and characteristics of livestock guardian dog breeds.

 

Our goal is to fund spay/neuter initiatives and provide resources for owners of livestock guardian dog breeds to increase the chances of success.