James Freyr wrote:Hi Delyla, welcome to Permies!
Great post and I love the picture of the adorable pups. My wife and I are beginning farmers, and we talk about getting one or two LGD's. While we currently only have chickens, we do plan to add cows, pigs and goats as time goes forward. (In fact, just this morning I watched from the kitchen window a coopers hawk navigate my overhead fishing line around my chicken coop and fly off with a 12 week old leghorn). Can you please offer some insight on what's involved with training LGD's to recognize what is "family" and is to be defended? If I raise pups with a flock of chickens, then in a year add cows, and a year later add goats, will the adult dogs recognize the new livestock additions as part of the family and know to protect them along with what they grew up with? Could you elaborate on how much is instinct and how much training is required from a homesteader/farmer? And one more thing, are there added benefits to having a pair of LGD's compared to a single dog? Thanks!!