Kuvasz dogs love to work. This which makes Kuvasz excellent Livestock Guardian Dogs (LGD). If you’re thinking of using a LGD as a protector, here are a few tips…
There are times when an older Kuvasz can be brought home and will bond with your sheep and do a great job, but normally you’ll have better results training a Livestock Guardian Dog if you start with a puppy.
Pups develop a strong bond when they are exposed to the livestock they will be guarding at an early age. It will take longer for an older Kuvasz to develop a bond with your livestock. However, there are many situations where I’ve placed older Kuvasz with livestock and they’ve been extremely successful. I like to work one-on-one with each new family (owner) and after much discussion we can determine if I have an older dog that will be suitable as a LGD, and depending on the distance, I can bring the LDG to their home and see how things work out.
When you first bring your Livestock Guardian Dog home it’s time for bonding. Create a safe and secure pen where your LGD dog has their own space to eat (sheep like dog food) and introduce your Kuvasz to your animals slowly. It’s best to put a puppy in a small, well-fenced paddock with 3 or 4 sheep. This will allow your puppy to bond, and also make sure your puppy doesn’t get hurt by livestock. If they do, they can become fearful of the animals.
Between the ages of 5 to 8 months, puppies will generally behave well, but like to test boundaries. At this age, the pup should be in a paddock that it cannot escape out of. Livestock Guardian Kuvasz Dogs that learn to wander during this stage may end up being wanderers for life. If the puppy never learns to escape, he will never do it.