Synopses & Reviews
Livestock Guardians is a comprehensive guide for farmers struggling to reduce predation of sheep, goats, and other livestock. Jan Dohner, who has more than 26 years of experience with guardian animals, helps owners understand the keys to effective livestock protection: careful selection of the right guardian animal, proper guardian-livestock bonding, dedicated training, and ongoing problem-solving.
Three chapters address the use of guardian dogs; collectively, these chapters explain how to evaluate, train, understand, and socialize these hardworking canines. A separate chapter provides detailed information on many guardian breeds from around the world. Additional chapters on livestock guardian donkeys and llamas help readers select and train these animals as well. The thorough coverage of livestock guardians includes health care information; breed profiles; case studies of real farmers effectively using guard animals; a list of useful resources and references; and a 16-page color insert showing photos of guardian breeds.
"Livestock Guardians, by Jan Dohner, is a comprehensive guide for farmers struggling to reduce predation of sheep, goats, and other livestock. Dohner, who has more and 26 years of experience with guardian animals, helps owners understand the keys to effective livestock protection: careful selections of the right guardian animal, proper guardian livestock bonding, dedicated raining, and ongoing problem-solving." -American Small Farm
Keep sheep, goats, and other livestock safe from attack with guardian dogs, donkeys, and llamas. Highly effective, economical, and nonviolent, livestock guardians can be the perfect solution to your predation problems. With in-depth advice on promoting the special bond between guardian animal and livestock, Janet Vorwald Dohner covers everything from selecting an appropriate breed for your needs to advanced training techniques. Enjoy the peace of mind that comes from knowing your livestock has a guardian's protection.
About the Author
Jan Vorwald Dohner has raised and worked with livestock guardian dogs for 26 years and is currently president of the Kanagal Dog Club of America. She has been involved in every aspect of the process from training puppies to bonding the dogs to her own livestock of sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys, and horses on her small farm in Michigan.