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My LGD's ALL snack on goat food. Grain free food is not an option here even if that's what I buy, lol!
🤣 I tried it once, the sheep went nuts over it, while the dogs wanted their regular kibble...



Nothing wrong with a dog eating feed. Chick crumbles were a key in helping me turn a chicken killer to a chicken guard. As long as she went in the coop, ate Feed and didn’t try to kill the pullets, she got heaps of praise.

Your dog eating feed helps her see the sheep as friends.
I don't care if dogs eat grain, it's cheap. I only care if the sheep get a taste for dog food.
 

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I just don't learn...
Do Not Open Bales If You'll Be Moving Them Later!! 🤦🏽‍♀️
Tried so hard to finesse this thing over, didn't go well. It is technically out of the way enough for the last bale to go in...but not enough room for anybody to get through afterwards...
Plus side, Wełna wasn't scared of the tractor this time!
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Pups this age are safer with predators than tiny pups. She is not necessarily big enough to go toe to toe but barking is enough. Plus it will bring the other LGD to the scene.

Did you say your old dog is not a good guardian? Chasing sheep off is ok behavior since the sheep are not flock members. One dog to watch the flock and one to drive off strangers/predators. He will teach her a lot once they can go in together. Unless he is a roamer, in which case i would not put them together - you don't want him to teach her to roam!

The circle of destruction is normal and will probably remain until she turns 2. We have discovered many treasures our dogs have dragged up over the years. The old trash heap and burn pile (100 years ago) have given up old sun colored patent medicine bottles, as well as unidentified trash. Large branches for some reason are a favorite. A lovely collectible Kewpie doll also appeared, unfortunately missing a hand by the time we found her! LOL

The trash that she brings up will eventually lessen as she grows up. It's good that she is able to be in with the old dog now since they will play and she will watch him as he guards. IN another 3 years, you can get another Anatolian. Make sure there is at least 3-4 years between their ages. Two Anatolians of the same sex and age will fight for dominance, sometimes to the death. Not worth the effort to try keeping them. So much easier and better for flock protection to have them separated by age and sex. That way the older dog will train the younger dog on those things you cannot.

When Angel was a year old, I came outside to find her with the sheep at the to of the gully. She was sitting bolt upright watching the gully, clearly on guard. She was alone. I did a few chores and she never left the spot. Finally, I saw a change in her expression and saw our older Anatolian bitch coming up from the gully. When Rika reached Angel, they touched noses for a few seconds. Then the Rika led the sheep into the gully, followed by Angel. Obviously the young inexperienced bitch had been stationed to guard the sheep in a safe spot while Rika checked out the gully for some predator. Tremendous visual proof that these dogs communicate and work in tandem to guard!

Angel is 2 years old now and her protection skills have grown tremendously. However, all three of our Anatolians work together to protect the sheep and ranch. They take alternating work and sleep shifts during the day, while they are all on alert at night. Love these dogs.

So happy you got another LGD. You will love your Anatolian. Just be aware that they are not very accepting of strangers on the property. Their definition of "stranger" may not be your definition either. LOL
 
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