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Introducing a new cow to LGDs

 
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I’ve found plenty of online reading regarding introducing a new LGD but what about introducing a new cow? We have two adult LGDs that have thus far only protected chickens and ducks. We will be getting a cow soon. Any advice on smooth introductions? Thanks!
 
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Keep the cow in a smallish pen set up within the pasture where it and the dogs will stay so the dogs can wander around the pen to give the animals time to become accustomed to each other.  When the dogs and cow can approach the fence and touch noses through the fence without getting excited, they can share the same pasture.    Since a cow's basic instinct is to attack a strange dog, they have to be kept togather long enough for the dog to no longer be strange to the cow.  It helps a lot if you have other cattle or sheep that are used to the dogs and don't react negatively to it.
 
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