To investigate how much time the Maremmas spent with their livestock, how far they moved outside the ranges of their stock, and tested whether they use their ranges sequentially, which is an effective way of maintaining a presence over a large area
Type of Study:
Results show that while free-ranging LGDs spend the majority of their time with livestock, movements away from stock do occur
Allowing LGDs to range freely can therefore be a useful management decision, but property size has to be large enough to accommodate the large areas that the dogs use.
north-eastern Victoria, Australia
Response variable :
95% kernel isopleth size, speed, time of day
14 dogs and 8 sheep
north-eastern Victoria sheep grazing.
van Bommel L. & Johnson C. N. (2014) Where Do Livestock Guardian Dogs Go? Movement Patterns of Free-Ranging Maremma Sheepdogs. PLoS ONE 9, e111444.