You are up early every day of the week, tending to your livestock. They are, after all, your source of income and what your family depends on to put food on the table. While you may look after them though, you can’t do it all on your own. Sheep are valuable commodities and high on the menu for many predators. That means you need an effective and reliable way of guarding them. One of the most economical and efficient ways, if done properly, is to employ the services of a guard dog. If you have a dog that has energy and an eagerness to learn, then you are already halfway there to training him to guard sheep.
This training could help you in more ways than one. Firstly, it could protect you from serious financial losses. But also, it’s a fantastic way to exercise and bond with your dog. It’s also great mental stimulation for him.
Training any dog to be a guard dog comes with challenges. Those challenges are heightened when you want him to protect something he probably wouldn’t mind chasing and hunting himself. However, with the right training, it is definitely achievable. You will need to use rigorous obedience commands to ensure he follows your instructions. You will also need to demonstrate that the sheep are now included in his territory. Finally, you will need to show him and train him how to react when anything approaches the sheep.
If he’s young he should be raring to go and eager to please. You could see results in just a few weeks. If he’s older and not quite as receptive as he once was, then you may need several months before you see consistent results. Succeed and you will be able to sleep easy at night knowing the sheep are secure.
Before your work can begin you will need to get your hands on a few things. As you can probably imagine, some sheep to protect will be the most important requirement. You will also need a generous supply of treats or small pieces of your dog's favorite food.
Set aside 15 minutes every day for training. The more consistently you practice, the sooner you will see results.
The only other things you need are patience and a positive attitude. Once you have all that, training can begin!