Conservation Media® – Livestock Guardian Dogs: Working on Common Ground – People & Carnivores

Conservation Media® – Livestock Guardian Dogs: Working on Common Ground – People & Carnivores

My name is Cody Lockhart And I ranch in north-central, Saskatchewan. When we first moved up to this northern parkland, we found the coyotes were packing up in the winter and we were losing about one 80- to 90-pound wether every morning. It was almost like clockwork. Economically, it simply wasn’t viable to lose 1% of our flock every morning. It just it’s overwhelming. You can’t exist under that stress. And if you managed to successfully eradicate the local population, a new pack or a new group, or a breeding pair will come in. It’s like taking buckets out of a stream. So we started seriously looking into livestock guardian dogs. Having been a former cattle rancher myself, I totally understand and empathize with the loss they’re going through. My name is Brenda Negri. I raise livestock guardian dogs full-time, and my goal has been to produce dogs that will effectively work in non-Lethal predator control. The breeds that I brought over here were used in Europe for centuries, who have gone through much modification through the decades and centuries. The Livestock guardian dog breeds aren’t about moving or herding stock. They’re about protecting stock. The guarding instinct is ingrained in them. It goes back centuries. It’s what they are. We started with one dog, one Great pyrenees. They’re a very good dog for staying with the sheep and the flock, and primarily bark or even round the sheep up a little bit to stay with them. And so we’re really happy with that. However, they aren’t really much of a match for a pack of coyotes or a wolf coming in, so we added two Anatolian Shepherds to that mix which were more aggressive dog. And they were more athletic and muscular, had more bone to them than the Pyrenees and the Marama. And they’ll be, you know, 100 or 115 pounds We ended up increasing both the number of dogs we were running, and the type of dogs that we had. So we have quite a variation and the other thing we did was we put spiked collars on them. It really helps mitigate the pack interactions, so we felt we also needed to protect the younger dogs, sspecially as they grow up in the pack situation, and so things didn’t get carried on too far. I put collars on my dogs at home. It can serve a lot of purposes – for protection and as almost a weapon. They may even get cocky about it, but wearing the collar will definitely add confidence because they know they can’t be hurt. Our ranch is located 15 miles southwest of Prince Albert National Park, where there is a resident protected wolf population. The Saskatchewan government ended up tracking two wolves within a half mile of our sheep. A few of our dogs started to come home pretty beat up and chewed on and we realized we needed a stronger bigger more athletic dog. And so we introduced the Kangal dogs who stay out a little further from the sheep on their perimeter checks. But they’re also more equipped to engage in a coyote or wolf pack fight, if need be. When you get a Kangal, they are the alpha in your pack. They’re like an Anatolian on steroids. They’re very comfortable existing with the sheep throughout the day, but if they’re, you know, on the heels of a predator, they keep chasing it until the chase ends. A lot of people with working Kangals, they would be hesitant to get a dog with that level of aggression and prey drive, but we’ve never had cause for concern and even the Kangals are just big Teddy Bears around the girls. They just are completely submissive to them. And that’s fantastic because we view ranching as a family activity. So we’re happy that we can take our one-year-old and our two-year-old out there. But if you interact with these dogs, you’ll see right away that they’re only aggressive with predators. You know the idea is not to create this kind of super dog or this impressively sized dog that can kill wolves. All we have to do is make our pack of dogs formidable enough that when a resident pack of wolves or a group of coyotes encounters our sheep, or our cattle, they make a decision to find an easier meal. We really enjoy having a mixed pack of dogs because each breed of dog seems to have its own job that it does very well, and if we had all Kangals, so I think we’d have a pack of Kangals running around chasing coyotes and wolves all day long, and there would be no one left to guard the sheep. And if we had all white dogs, I think they’d be run ragged around inside the fence. As our numbers grew we kind of felt that we needed about one dog per hundred sheep. We’ll probably add a dog every year year and a half so that we always have a dog younger being trained by older dogs in the pack. And don’t wait to bring on a new pup. It gives your older dogs a chance to train the younger dogs, and they come up better. And I think when they’re healthier and happier, they’re going to work better for you. It’s hard to watch them go when they’re little. They have a life ahead of them that’s going to include confrontation with predators, save livestock and make people’s lives a little easier. That my main goal is to be able to help ranchers coexist with predators out there in a positive way where everybody wins. It’s a win-win for the rancher, for the livestock, and the predators. People call me up and tell me they can finally get a full night’s sleep. When I get feedback like that, it makes me happy because I know I’m doing something right here. We manage this entire ranch to be sustainable. So we’re not here to eradicate wolves, or foxes, or bears, or cougars, or coyotes. You know we can coexist with them. And that’s what’s beautiful about livestock guardian dogs – they’re the linchpin in an overall risk management strategy. And they take the job seriously. They’re part of your team. And that’s that’s very encouraging to know that you have such a great partner out there.


100 thoughts on “Conservation Media® – Livestock Guardian Dogs: Working on Common Ground – People & Carnivores”

  • Support Class: Great Pyrenees
    Rogue/assassin Class: Anatolian Shepherd
    Tank/ Bruiser Class: Turkish Kangal

    Items: spiked colar of the Oathsworn, +20 damage +25 armor,
    confidence buff: when in range of wolves or coyotes +10 additional armor and damage

  • Spike collars look pretty useless tbh.
    I'd probably just use a bunch of German Shepherds or a Caucasian Shepherd and so on to protect livestock.

  • I have a sheltie that has knocked out her bottom teeth ripping the door off to get to the mailman.
    She is sweet, but I have never had such a protective dog before.

  • You need a Tibetan mastiff and a Cane corso to the pack those monsters are slow but can absolutely destroy wolves 🐺 and even match a timber wolf.

  • Somehow people are…touched? Nor realizing that its purely economical, the sheep are slaughtered, the dogs are in danger from the wolf and coyote attacks, and the wolfs and coyotes themselves may got shot or poisned. Also notice how there are these lines of trees while everything else is grass, have you thought about how much wildlife was lost from cutting the forest that was once there. Most of it happened a long time ago but its the loss of wild habitat that it is sad. Also funny how they say "a win for humans, dogs, and…the sheep???"

  • Never seen someone give there dog a whole chicken before. Always thought their bones could cause internal damage but I might be wrong. 1:29

  • Caucasian shepherds are one of the best stock protection dogs. If you're considering getting a dog to protect stock get one of those.

  • Don't eat meat, grow grains instead! You could feed almost 9 X more people with grains on the equivalent size land that they're currently using for their livestock. Just because animals taste good is not a valid excuse to eat them. Eating animals is not required to achieve and maintain optimum health. I've been vegan for about 5 years and my health continues to improve. Now go be vegan.

  • As long as these idiots think that these dogs are supposed to make their lives easier I will hope for the worst shit to happen to them. They are not the center of the universe so why should any creature make themselves miserable so these fucking assholes can make a few dollars?

  • hi im savannah and I live on a farm and I lost a boer goat to a bear or mountain lion and I'm looking for a livestock guardian dog

  • You guys need a few Tibetan mastiffs! They can snap a wolfs neck in a heartbeat! I’ve seen videos of them handling wolves like playthings.

  • The predators are starving to death and eating each other. That is because your department of wildlife resources has failed to control the numbers. Its time to reinvent poison and exterminate any and all predators for a while and give wildlife numbers a break. At 6:00 you say it is a win for predators?? Your an idiot in my opinion.

  • 6:20 makes you happy because when people give feed back that is how you know you are doing your job right??? That is crazy CA at its finest! You are a dog breeder, do you know what you are doing or not?? 5:40 you say your old dogs train the young dogs???? Holy shit lady, are you only crossing dogs with the correct instinct or not. This video clip of Canada then back to Crazy California is a trip in its self.

  • 6:40 You can coexist with predators?? You have six 100lbs dogs you are feeding because of a failed predator control program. It would be cheaper to get rid of the dogs and feed the predators directly with the saved dog food. This is some of the craziest conclusions i have ever seen online.

  • I have 2 Carpartian shepherd dogs. Grandmother still guards lifestock against woulf and beer overhorein Hungary where I life as an expat together with my Hungarian wife. World topline pedigree. Not beginnersdogs and for people who just want a dog needer. These are workingdogs and one of the finest breeds in the world. Strange and hard to find. In the 80s and 90s almost died out.

  • I have a good friend that has quite a bit of farm land here in Alabama that's adjacent to his fathers larger farm. His land is about as rural as you find in North Alabama. This means he has a pretty bad coyote and farrel dog issue during calving time, and with his fathers rather large (basically free ranged) goat and sheep heard. One year the Great Pyrenees dogs had gotten more popular and a puppy cost quite a bit more than they do now so after getting the opportunity they bought a female and had her bred then soon had a litter of pups. They sold a few litters and acquired a few more adult dogs. Soon they got hard to sale and after all the family and friends had puppy's and they sold some of the adults they had a big yearling male and an older male that was an over the hill lazy pet. The young male got loose and wouldn't be cought or friendly at all. He soon took up his natural duty and lived full time with the goats. He only fed at night at the house and soon they just put food out daily in the pasture for him. He stopped all the goat vs coyote issues immediately and had some horrible fights with some stray or feral dogs. His only issue and the important part of this rambling is….. he would cull a goat or sheep every 10-16 months. One night we had went raccoon hunting and as we drove up to the farm a monster stepped into the headlights. It was him with his big head and mane covered in blood. (by the way he grew up HUGE) They counted and had a goat missing and found the evidence the next morning. A year later or so he did it again and it just happens I saw him again covered in blood but in the daylight this time. I thought he might be a goner because farmers don't do good with livestock killing dogs but they say its still much more affordable to keep him for the livestock he does save. Just thought his strange story might interest someone. Thanks

  • Man, I been told my whole life not to give dogs chicken bones because they splinter. This woman is feeding them WHOLE CHICKENS!!!

  • God must be so pleased his creations are used as slaves and the ones who aren't being attacked and pushed back in their habitats that get smaller and smaller. No offense, we all contribute to fork up nature.

  • Your Great Pyrenees is not being well take care of , this is deplorable. this dog is filthy wet and matted to the skin. Sores will develop if hey have not already.and become painful and infected. I am not some bleeding heart no nothing I have over 40 yrs extensive experience in LSGDs and other large, coated, guarding breeds Such as the Bouvier and Black Russian Terrier. the coat of Kangals, Anatolians and Akbash dogs are not prone to matting largely because they are shorter stiffer and shed so much. You need to bring the GP in to be a house yard guard. Am keep the poor thing clean and brushed out. If not I have a great home for him in snowy northern Mi where he can protect my house and cats against coyotes along side my 140 lb Black Russian.

  • Kangals are known to be GREAT kids dogs. they have been breed that way for thousands that way. And one Kangal cannot kill one full grown male wolf. You need at least two Kangals. As an edit It really depends on the size of the wolf. A small wolf say 90lbs or less my money is on the 130lb+ Kangal, hands down. But if you have all things being = then the Kangal will need help.that being said a single wolf is highly unlikely to take on any Kangal because the chance of injury is too great, something predators in the wild cannot afford. But Wolves usually run in packs

  • you are doing a good thing with the Kangals. One thing there is very little difference between Kangals and Anatolians Kangals" tend" to be a "little" larger than an Anatolian that's not to say there are not some huge 175lb Kangals out there but the good LSGDs are generally not over 130lbs the huge 175+ ones are used in fighting in Turkey or just for bragging rights. Also true Kangals are alway buff or cream with a black mask. Anatolians can be any color including the Kangal color. Temperments are pretty much identical.

  • That was smart to bring kangols) into yr dog pack they are great protectors for the sheep ADD more of them and you wont have no missing sheeps …

  • Yup those Kangal dogs with the 743 pounds bite force will own even the alfa wolves if your kangals are the larger size breed. I think you can get them trained each for 500 U.S, those will protect your sheep and it will send the message to the predators not to come around, the things with dogs and wolves etc they remember. They are great loyal territorial dogs your kids are safe and those dogs think of your kids as part of the pack and they would defend them. They can kill wolves sometimes 2 at a time vs 1 kangal, they can kill the big cats to by biting through bone like the spine of the lion or the skull. Now if you can share this with the States and their ranchers it would be better than placing the wolf population into extinction there being hunted in protected parks like yellowstone and not much done about it. If you think the wolf is just a vicious animal you would be wrong you can call the Alaskan Zoo for example and pet the wolves there, but don't bring dog treats it dont work that way unless you want to lose your jacket that the treats are in they are smarter than your house dog and can smell a human 5 miles away in the woods. You have understand things are done on their terms but if they accept you that's for life. Thanks for the video i'm sure your sheep loses went a way down.

  • I need to get something straight. You fucks invaded these grounds with your sheep. Wild life lived there before you, similarly to indigenous people. So now you are complaining that wild life is eating your sheep. Wow that is so fucking insane. I have no pity for you whatsoever.

  • I have a rescued Anatolian shepherd mix*. His working breed genetics are theoretical at best. His actual job description is: 1) begging for food; 2) stealing food; 3) charming young women into giving him attention —- and hopefully food. I can't even begin to describe how pretty he is. He is just super chill and unflappable, great with all people, even small kids, and good with most other dogs (although not usually with similarly sized males). We got him from the Human Society as an 80 pound juvenile; he is 120.pounds now. Apparently he was never socialized with livestock, only with people; we brought him around a pen full of goats and he wanted to eat them. But, as a guard dog? If a burglar broke in he'd probably tell the guy " take whatever you want, just leave me the dog biscuits". However, we had an encounter with an aggressive, unaccompanied 90-something pound dog on the local trails, and when "Henry" growled and showed his teeth, the other dog backed down. I've had several near encounters with something unseen and unheard (by me) in the woods, where Henry growled low like a lion and the hair raised up on the back of his neck. I don't know what he sensed, could have been a bobcat or coyotes (a Wolf-dog or Coy-dog was spotted in the area last year), or even a bear. I couldn't see or hear anything, but let me tell you, when an Anatolian acts like that, your spidey sense starts to tingle, and we got the hell out of there!

    *We got him from the Humane Society as an 80 pound juvie; he's 120 pounds now. He'd be useless as a working breed ( his favorite place in the world, other than the back seat of my car, is the bed in the guest room), but he is even more social than the St Bernard's I used to have.

  • This is not a kangal and it's not Turkish at all this dog is native Kurdish dog the Turks has steeled and renamed the dog breed
    The dog name is pshdar

  • Great feature. Versatile creatures. Wife's service dog is Pyrenees/Anatolian Shepherd cross. One of a kind member of our family! Fantastic dog.

  • We also are doing the same dog pack protection squad for livestock against predators but dog are different then these heavy coated breeds we use bully greyhound cross mix for chase and Afghan Kuchi for close guard

  • Great choice of dogs but I also would have added the Caucasian Shepherd or Caucasian Ovcharka I have two I imported from Russia I have a breeding pair they're very great at guarding livestock and warding off predators!

  • I can't stress enough to tell interesting LGD owners or want-to-be LGDs, to buy this book.
    It has so much more information there. Amazon – $30.00

  • Looks like your feeding those heroes sawdust pellets. My dogs eat venison(roadkill), trout, salmon, and mackeral(dollar tree); just for being my dogs

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