Texas A&M AgriLife Livestock Guardian Dog program on YouTube

This playlist from the experts at Texas A&M University AgriLife Livestock Guardian Dog Program contains a library of videos and webinars that cover proven methods of LGD training, socialization, and bonding.
This YouTube channel is a must for every LGD owner no matter the size or type of operation.

Proven Practices

American Sheep Industry Association (ASI)

The American Sheep Industry Association's "Recommended Best Management Practices for Livestock Protection Dogs" is a must have for owners of actively working livestock guardian dogs.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Livestock Guardian Dog Program (TAMU)

TAMU has an exemplary Livestock Guardian Dog program. Whether the dog is used as a companion or working LGD, the monthly blog and social media is full of information to help educate and assist owners in providing responsible management of LGD. 

AGW Guidelines for

Working Dogs

This paper provides guidelines for Animal Welfare Approved farms on the appropriate management of working dogs on the farm.

Texas A&M University AgriLife

Bill Costanzo and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Livestock Guardian Dog Program and  Dr. Zoran, Professor of Medicine at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine give an in-depth perspective of spay and neuter in LGDs.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Livestock Guardian Dog Program (TAMU)

An effective livestock guardian dog (LGD) is the result of properly rearing a puppy with an inherent genetic propensity to protect livestock. Each farm and ranch should strive to source the right kind of genetics for their situation. Keep in mind that LGD behaviors are still greatly influenced by how they are managed during the first year of their life.

Project Coyote: Ranching
with Wildlife

Livestock losses are an unfortunate reality of ranching. Most losses are disease or weather related or result from birthing complications; predators can also kill livestock, but good animal husbandry practices combined with strategic nonlethal predator control methods can considerably reduce such losses. 

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Keeping LGDs safe with
electric fencing

Roaming is a common and dangerous behavior for LGDs. Ineffective containment methods can put your LGD at risk of getting hit by vehicles or getting shot by neighboring property owners. This is a great article about the compassionate use of electric fencing to keep your LGDs and livestock safe.


Texas A&M LGD Program's Blog "The Guardian Way"

 A great LGD that works hard for you starts with the use of research-based LGD management practices such as socialization and bonding. Learn from the pros by subscribing to this blog!

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Predator Friendly Ranching

Blogspot by Louise Liebenberg

To raise an effective and safe LGD, research should be done. One of the most valuable sources of information is the monthly blog by Louise Liebenberg (Grazerie). Articles cover many issues such as resource guarding and in-pack aggression as well as proper techniques in bonding and socialization.

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Sheep Dog Savior: Rancher hoping to improve plight of sheep industry's canines

Cory Peavey is a fifth generation Flat Top Sheep rancher who’s recently implemented changes to Flat Top’s sheep dog program and is raising the ranch’s first generation of Pyrenees sheep herding dogs to grow up with veterinary care and accustomed to human interaction.

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Sheep Dogs Get a Second Chance

Since 2015, Gary Tickner and Tiffany Larson of Unega Mountain Dog Rescue have been rescuing, rehabilitating and socializing Pyrenees and Akbash dogs separated from local sheep herds or deemed ill-equipped for the workload. 

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Texas A&M launches multi-year LGD research

An effective Livestock Guardian Dog (LGD) is the result of properly rearing a puppy with certain inherent genetic traits. Keep in mind that LGD behaviors are greatly influenced by how they are treated, bonded and trained during the first year of their life. Proper rearing includes proven bonding and socialization practices.

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Wood River Wolf Project

Livestock Guardian Dogs are just one of many non lethal deterrents available to producers today that demonstrate we can coexist with wildlife. Successful predator management can be achieved when LGDs are used in combination with other deterrents such as human presence, lights, sounds and fladry (all dependent on the species of predator and location).



This bulletin from the USDA was released in 1990 and revised in 1996. Tried, true and time tested owner responsibilities and proven LGD management methods will leave little room for neglect and mismanagement. There's no reason to not integrate these practices into your operations. 

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Certified Animal Welfare Approved by A Greener World (AGW)

Acknowledged by Consumer Reports as the only “highly meaningful” food label for farm animal welfare, outdoor access and sustainability, Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW (AWA) is an independent, nonprofit farm certification program—and now one of the nation’s top 5 fastest growing certifications and label claims..

What exactly does a livestock protection dog do?

Livestock Guardian Dogs are superheroes! Watch this short, delightfully entertaining animation. 

Unega Mountain Dog Rescue

Bittercreek Productions presents "A More Loving Life", an interview with Tiffany Larson of Unega Mountain Dog Rescue.