Livestock Guardian Dogs: Working on Common Ground


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.

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100 Responses

  1. jett888 says:

    Such a great compromise between humans, livestock and nature! Great balance

  2. Kamil Biało says:

    In Poland we also use strong lasers against wolfs.

  3. tray4168 says:

    Just shoot the coyotes.

  4. Brenda M. Negri says:

    More people need to read my book, The Way of The Pack: Understanding and Living With Livestock Guardian Dogs. I think you'll realize you can learn more there as well as watching this famous film. https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Winnemucca&state=NV&site=LKN&textField1=40.9731&textField2=-117.735&e=0#.XYphpS2ZM3h

  5. Birth Certificate says:

    Is that Hellraisors Mutt?

  6. Dog Meat says:

    im glad people are still out there using dogs to protect them and their animals.

  7. Ian Shearer says:

    This is why I love my ridgebacks, they do well here in Arkansas, with the coyotes.

  8. Ingrid Burling says:

    I don't know what they did to these Pyreneans, but a European breeder told me that it is entirely down to these dogs that the French Alps are free of bears. They can indeed function as attack dogs, but their instinct is to do it defensively. If they have been 'developed', then clearly this has been bred out of them. Also, such owners should look into some of the audio experiments being run in Russia. Around the fields where you require protection, you play (outward facing) recordings of those animals howling that the coyotes fear, and they will stay away.

  9. Yahul Wagoni says:

    Who are the idiots, 700 or so, who are opposed to this?

  10. Jacob James says:

    Those collars are boss.

  11. TheWynndell says:

    But feeding your dogs entire chickens? I thought because of the bones they should not eat them?

  12. Lori Davis says:

    How dare you mistreat those dogs. I understand their livestock Guardians. But there is no reason why they have to be so mad at like that. Don't you know that those mats actually hurt the dog. And feeding them raw chicken what the hell are you thinking. I give this video of giant thumbs down. Some I need to take those dogs from you if you can't take care of them correctly

  13. Lori Davis says:

    I apologize for my last post. Only in the fact that it should have been matted. Not mad at

  14. jeff deathrage says:

    Glad people are reconnecting with the 'old ways'. If people have done something one way for 1000yrs, it'll likely work well for yer little lifetime. Js.

  15. em e says:

    yo how did i get here

  16. w0bbl3r says:

    "Sheep, dog 'n' wolf" anyone?

  17. k9 aid says:

    Introducing a new animal into the sheep would deter the wild predators. I would like to see the dogs take on a wolf pack. Its not likely to happen unless its one wolf to a pack of dogs. It also may look cute the children climbing on the dogs but one day in an instance that could change

  18. Marcelo Serrano says:

    What a beautiful family working together on a sheep farm… peace and family.. heaven

  19. Ben Dalrymple says:

    I have an anatolian shepherd.. she eats birds out of the sky and drops full-size groundhogs at our front door. She's deadly but shes the nicest dog we've ever had lol

  20. Gewgulkan Suhckitt says:

    The spike collars have a small part where they buckle together that doesn't have spikes. I'd put that part up top as they are most likely to be attacked at the throat than the spine in my opinion.

  21. Daisy Overwatch says:

    Big mean predator dog lets little girl jump on his back. And to realize people say the breed is the problem not the owner hmmm. Right…

  22. Steven Gagnon says:

    Great video. Very well put together

  23. Lawrence Keenan says:

    What a beautiful family 🙏🏻

  24. Per Thyrén says:

    Hi mom i got a spiked belt 🙂

  25. Todd Clouse says:

    Should of went with Russian Shepards!! They would kill a wolf in 2 seconds flat!!

  26. Helicopter Dad says:

    How can a dog eat raw chicken? Bones?

  27. JoAnn Klonowski says:

    lol the matting..lol

  28. Fino Menezes says:

    Aside from 2 regular sheepdogs for moving the flock around, we also have 2 Turkish Akbash bitches who watch over our 700 sheep and handful of goats. They patrol 6000 hectares (15,000 acres) night and day, even when the livestock are in. Big, brave, fast, but shy with people.

  29. Deborah Arnold says:

    Why are you not doing more videos?

  30. Anthony Melendez says:

    I’ve seen two Pitbull Rottweiler mix dogs do a better job at protecting livestock than any other dogs I’ve seen… these dogs look like they are doing a good job but two Pit rots would do better

  31. catwithoutthe hat says:

    Get some good Staffordshire Terriers too. Great working dogs. Live and LOVE to PLEASE there owner.

  32. paponeable says:

    You DO NOT feed dogs with chicken that still has bones in it!!! Some of them being too small can cut their intestines…. Every shepherd in Europe knows it as well as breeders…!

  33. Lost Aquarian says:

    Release the hounds!

  34. Pussydestroyer69 says:

    Kangals are beautiful

  35. Yeetur McBeetur says:

    Dog: HI! IM A GOOD BOI AND THESE ARE ALL MY FLOOFY FRENS THAT I PROTEC FROM ALL THE b a d p u p p e r s

  36. Dudeman9339 says:

    The goodest boys.

  37. keyboard freedomfighter says:

    Idiots got those little girls playing around a dog that has nails protruding from its neck.

  38. Me says:

    Some look like large Golden Retrievers

  39. angus L. says:

    When your dog comes home with blood on the nail collar.. last bite for that cougar… lol

  40. Janathan Boerema says:

    You need rottweiler s. I have 1 named dizzy she was a killer. She was my tapping Dog. When I was a kid.

  41. Lui D says:

    Who else is watching this at 12 am and have no reason to watch this

  42. Tim Smith says:

    1:35 I guess you can feed dogs chicken bones

  43. David Rossi says:

    Just get a paint ball gun with stink pelets.

  44. Phil Hall says:

    My two LGDs keeps my goats alive and well
    Before them I lost more than half of our kids
    Both dogs have big wide spike collars
    Texas is over run with coyotes and wild hogs
    Both kill and eat goats

  45. Queen_ Carrot says:

    Lassie can out do all those dogs

  46. MR. Danso says:

    Nice familly i llike 🌄

  47. Miss Betrolln says:

    Don't have sheep but I have 2 Kangals. They are the best protectors. Love my boys 🐶💜🐶

  48. m8trxd says:

    And a doberman for the house!

  49. Pedro Brambila says:

    And without the collar would there confidence be lowered then????

  50. cristian coleasa says:

    How about Romanian sheepperd they take on bear or mioritic sheepperd?

  51. Yeee Boi says:

    The collars don’t hurt them?

  52. Hitech says:

    Awesome job.

  53. Yikes Garcia says:

    dont let your kids sit on the fucking dogs backs

  54. Jesus Ruiz says:

    Kill em wolves

  55. Petros says:

    Armenian Gamprs are the best

  56. Petros says:

    All you need is one Armenin Gampr, itll fight 3-4 wolves Easy, grows up to 200+lbs

  57. yeet master says:

    I thought dogs can’t eat chickens what

  58. E F says:

    This is so cool!!!

  59. [Extended Toenail] says:

    It’s all fun and games until that collar penetrates the dogs throat.

  60. Heidi Renouf says:

    Bell's on your sleep help's to knowledge where they are🌷

  61. ELIAKIM Joseph Sophia says:

    Dogs like to have a job to do.

  62. FBicoolshaman says:

    SUCK IT CATS

  63. Pro Bliss says:

    Simple, kind, organic solutions

    I love it

  64. maine home says:

    We had a chow chow that kept all predators at bay. He was amazing in 8 years we never lost a bird and we have 30 or so that have never been penned up. We live in the woods and people get bobcat and bear right out in the acres behind our home. Things just never went beyond his markings. We're training a new guy right now. He's only 4 months so he's more of a pet for now.

  65. David says:

    Fanstastic stuff. What about Alpacas or donkeys for guarding? They can easily take on wolves and coyotes.

    How do you keep the dogs from bonding with each other over the sheep?

  66. shahrukh mohammad says:

    My mudhol hounds instead started hunting down the sheeps 😂

  67. Ron Grey says:

    Very informative, which breeds would be better with goats? Are they instinctively protective of other animals or must they be trained in the beginning?

  68. wireless one says:

    Fascinating subject matter

  69. Miguel Marrero says:

    This is so awesome that the 803 dislikes are wolfs that been run out that field 😂🙏

  70. wayne goff says:

    Coyotes find an easier meal where? Ranchers seem to think all the available land should belong to them.

  71. Monsta M says:

    These collars are just shit. What the heck?! They can’t even play with each other

  72. Pablo Tejano says:

    We don't have wolves or cayotes here we have thieves 😭

  73. ricardo guerrero says:

    You gotta add some pitbull for them coyotes

  74. Denni says:

    Ohh I love livestock guardian dogs. So powerful and protective yet so loyal and loving to their family. Truly amazing dogs!

  75. John Calvin says:

    Any videos out there of these dogs whipong some coyote ass?

  76. Voodoo King says:

    I like the collar

  77. Adam Lutsch says:

    That puppy that put on that spike collar like a belt…. He's gonna be a badass.

  78. Trahn-Jahn says:

    He protecc
    He attacc
    But most importantly,
    He has spikes on his bacc

  79. ByeBitch 《 says:

    Tell those damn kids to stop hanging off the backs of those dogs, they're not horses.

  80. Mike Sidebottom says:

    NON LETHAL is stupid cityidiots idea of whats good. Here in Alaska cityidiots introduced coyotes now they are all over the fucking place killing all the moose. I would like to drop a city fuck in the woods and let them get hunted like ive been. non lethal bs bunny huggers kill more deere with there cars. Now put in coyotes + wolves +hunters+ bears = no fucking deere or moose dumb fucks. shoot every killer u see before they get u and yours. This year moose hunting all i see is bones from coyotes killing every thing and they are not even suppose to be here THANKS DUMASS CITY FUCKS and your bs paper wildlife management fly over an area see 1 moose and say ya there is 100 moose here dum fux fish and game has been so full of shit on salmon counts so gill netters can rape Alaska of fish so all the U fat fux in Newyork can throw there salmon in the trash or feed there shit stinking cats my fukin salmon just in my short life the fish have gone down to 10% or less and BS fish and game keeps fuckin pumping bs reports and fagass Netflix pumping ads we need gill netters to keep there jobs BULLSHIT in the past 10 years we had 10 gill netters now we have 10000 new rapist netters coming up here rape and leave piles of trash and leave so all the fat sheep can eat sushi fuking cityidoits

  81. Tom B says:

    I've never seen a dog get fed an entire chicken. That's too funny 🙂

  82. Thog says:

    Dogs aren’t born bad their trained bad

  83. kyjarhead12 says:

    What a great life they have, not to mention all the gnarly working dogs!

  84. savage pitbull lover says:

    I actually love the kangals there brave dogs i never seen one before but i will love to see one one day

  85. Emilie Holmes says:

    If you want these dogs to be a type of protection, never and I mean never introduce your children to go jump on them. The most unstable dog is a confused dog. That's why dogs get a bad name, when you confuse them, then they are deadly!!!!!!

  86. Charlie Fischer says:

    Oh my goodness the puppy wearing the collar. Too cute

  87. eyüp buğra VAROL says:

    KANGAL

  88. Rebekah Bridges-Tervydis says:

    This is the way America should have always ranched!

  89. Mélanie Sonier says:

    Wtf is with those collars.. you really dont need that! Many of my family members has livestock and they dont have those… I have beagles that i hunt with.. yes they do have padding protection but not spike things…

  90. Joseph Stokes says:

    Maybe the coyotes are hungry?? Just maybe? Nature? Maybe "WE" are in their territory?

  91. timothy chung says:

    They have adapted a good balance of dogs. GPs are great within the heard wheres anatoly shepherds and Kangals are aggressive parameter patrollers-same with ovcharkas.

  92. Shane Richards says:

    I just hope the wolf is not smart enough to bite the spine.

  93. Amrit Kaur says:

    Kangals are the best livestock protectors.

  94. Ryan Noyce says:

    Its call shoot the wolf with a high prowler rifle

  95. K Fisher says:

    Another great gardian is lamas I use them and cause there so big dogs are crazy scared of them

  96. michael cham says:

    Oooooohhhh spike collar

  97. Lolee says:

    Awwww I’ve had a great pyr and I have a Pyrenean mastiff right now!

  98. Team Kuuki Food & Games says:

    I dun reallly understand the spike collar thing lol

  99. CuteFruit 08 says:

    Saw a pernese mountain dog my nana has one

  100. Zorc says:

    3:20 sounds like a ongoing war

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