Learn about livestock guardian dogs

  • Written by Valley View Staff

Livestock guardian dogs – are they the right predator control for my farm? What is a livestock guardian dog (LGD)? How do they differ from other dog breeds? Do they make good family pets? What do they eat? How do you train them? How effective are they at predator control?

Learn the answers to these and many other questions during the upcoming workshop, Livestock Guardian Dogs with Laura Faley of Hidden Meadow Ranch. Workshop takes place Saturday, March 25, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Qualco Energy Conference Room, 18117 203rd St. SE, Monroe (just off SR 203).

During the workshop, topics covered will include: Bonding to stock vs quasi pet; zoning and barking ordinances vs “Right to Farm;” rescues and the challenges of mixed breed LGDs; fencing, space and location choices; training and how LGDs respond to typical training methods; setting puppies up for success; neutering vs life with an intact dog; breeds and breeders. Instructor Laura Faley is a livestock advisor for Skagit, Island, and Snohomish counties. Hidden Meadow Ranch is her working farm near Mount Vernon, where she raises chickens, turkeys, ducks and sheep using LGDs for predator control.

Space is limited and pre-paid registration is required. Cost is $25 per farm (up to two) or $15 per person. Register online at or download the form at and mail with your check.

For more information, contact Kate Ryan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (425) 357-6024.

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