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Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Key Points in Successfully Rearing a Livestock Protection Dog

  • Select a suitable breed and reputable breeder.
  • From eight weeks old, rear pups singly with sheep, minimizing human contact.
  • Monitor the dog and correct undesirable behaviors.
  • Encourage the dog to remain with or near the livestock.
  • Ensure the dog's health and safety.
  • Manage the livestock in accordance with the dog's age and experience (e.g., use smaller pastures while the dog is young and inexperienced).
  • Be patient and allow plenty of time to train your dog. Remember that an LPD may take two years or more to mature.
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