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Best Practices Manual for the use of Livestock Guardian Dogs  RSS feed

 
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Best Practices Manual for the use of Livestock Guardian Dogs put out by Australia’s Bureau of Rural Sciences.

Haven't read it thru yet (137 pages) but the forward looks promising:

The development of a best practice manual for
the use of guardian dogs to protect livestock will
allow land holders to be proactive by preventing
predation rather that reacting to attacks. The use
of guardian dogs has been proven to be a cost
effective means of managing predation when applied
properly. However producers are hesitant about
using livestock guardian dogs due to hearing stories
regarding poorly managed or trained dogs that have
caused problems for neighbours or have run off
never to be seen again. Poor training is responsible
for wrecking many working dogs regardless of breed
or the dogs potential and a decision to use guardian
dogs shouldn’t be made based on the poor examples
illustrated by these horror stories.

 
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A site once wrote "we don't have bad dogs, what we have are bad trainers". It has always been about the training.
 
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