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Livestock Guardians: Using Dogs, Donkeys, and Llamas to Protect Your Herd (Storey's Working Animals) Paperback – December 12, 2007


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Product Details

  • Series: Storey's Working Animals
  • Paperback: 229 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; 1 edition (December 12, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158017695X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580176958
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.6 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #280,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“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

 

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.

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Very easy to understand and a super resource.
Scup Boy
The book starts out talking about the problem of predation, describing the range and hunting habits of predators.
Shepherd
This is an excellent book for those trying to make a decision on LGD's.
Paul-Nothern Mich

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Shepherd on July 16, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The book starts out talking about the problem of predation, describing the range and hunting habits of predators. There are sections on lethal and non lethal methods of control, including a section on effective fencing. The book then goes on to talk about guardian animals, predominantly dogs. There is a section that describes 31 different breeds of livestock guardian dogs, giving some history, appearance, and character/temperament info on each breed. Each section talks about selection, training and management of guard animals, the pros and cons of the animals and solving problems with the animals (such as aggression towards the family pets). Interspersed throughout the book are reports by shepherds on what has worked for them. I found this book to be very useful, and recommend it to anyone considering a livestock protection animal.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Sue Weaver on December 28, 2008
Format: Paperback
We keep sheep and goats and also have a livestock guardian dog, a donkey, and two llamas on our farm, so we're familiar with the ground Ms. Dohner covers in her book. Her advice is spot on!

If you're considering a livestock guardian for your farm, read this book before you choose one.

As a former donkey breeder and author of The Donkey Companion (Storey; 2008), I give it two enthusiastic thumbs up!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Susan Lea on July 21, 2011
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Once again, Storey's guides are the greatest! I'm still reading this book, but it's very interesting and easy to read. It's chock-full of information that is perfect for novice farmers like us. Even better, they specifically address poultry issues (not just sheep, goats, and cattle) which is where our problem is. Great details on fencing, good pictures of young livestock guardian dogs with animals, and a chapter I can't wait to dig in to more deeply on training an LGD puppy. I can see that it deals with many of the issues we need help on since we already bought a Great Pyrenees puppy. I've already learned from skimming this chapter that her friendly yet cautious manner with our birds is a good thing. Not having an adult LGD to teach her the ropes, I am so happy to have this book to guide us in her training. And if we should ever decide to add a llama or donkey later, this book will cover it all!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Joanne C. Seamans on February 7, 2010
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Not knowing anything about livestock guardians, I found this book very informative. It appears a lot of research went into it. Covers all the breeds of dogs, their origins, temperment, pros and cons. Also the care for each species.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Frederick on November 21, 2012
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This book covers a number of different LG animals and how they are chosen, housed, cared for, trained, and utilized. It was the first book I read on the topic. It was my favorite book, and with a dearth of literature on the topic I read it like a starving man eats.

However, having gained further insight and a little experience (into the care and management of LGDs in particular), I find that more in-depth reading, and frequent exchange with breeders who keep stock, is really essential. But this is a good place to start!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Scup Boy on October 21, 2011
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I have not bought a single goat yet, I am Collecting a lot of information on it first! This book is great for the beginner! Very easy to understand and a super resource. This book is one of the books that will get pulled from my shelve over and over, it full if invaluable information and excellent resources. It will help you pick the right dog that will fit you and your goats.GREAT BUY!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roger Lever on February 9, 2013
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The book was clear, complete and enjoyable to read. I will keep it for reference and instruction for farmhands and family.
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