The aim was to determine whether Livestock guardian dogs behaviour towards predators is consistent with defence of a larger territory that encompasses the stock, or is based on repelling predators that closely approach livestock.
Type of Study:
Our results showed that protection by LGDs extends beyond the immediate vicinity of livestock, and is consistent with the defence of a larger territory.
Distance of wild dog incursion, sound and scent manipulations
Where possible, training and management of LGDs should allow them to range freely over large areas so that they can develop and exhibit territorial behaviour, and they should be deployed in groups so that group memberscan assume complementary roles
north-eastern Victoria, Australia
Response variable :
Maremma ranges,Responses to playbacks,
north-eastern Victoria sheep grazing.
van Bommel L. & Johnson C. N. (2015) How guardian dogs protect livestock from predators: territorial enforcement by Maremma sheepdogs. Wildl. Res. 41, 662-72.