3 Things to Know Before Getting a Homestead Dog


Bobbi Peterson 

They’re known as man’s best friend for a reason. Faithful, loyal, and fiercely dedicated, dogs have a natural gift for protection and their use in agriculture spans over 10,000 years of human history. Whether you have a small backyard farm or a large homestead that’s fully self-sufficient, adding the right four-legged partner to the roster can only improve your overall operation.

1. Picking a Homestead Dog

There are a number of factors to consider when you choose a homestead dog. While training will ensure your furry companion behaves as you intend, certain types of canines are simply hardwired for farm and ranch work based on their ancestral leanings. There are also informative aspects to canine care and well-being that you should know in order to ensure a productive, healthy, and happy life for your canine partner.

If the dog’s a new addition to the homestead or gardens, the first thing you need to consider will be what the dog’s job will be. What responsibilities will the dog have? Guard dog? Herding livestock? Or are you simply looking for a pet who you know will love the open space and activity of your lifestyle? Each category has a canine match to fit and each need requires different forms of training and experience.

Guard Dogs

Unlike their city dog counterparts, guarding dogs on the farm and the ranch focus more on the welfare and safety of your livestock. That’s not to say you cannot also have a guard dog for your family, but generally, this post requires your dog to view your farm livestock as members of its pack. In order to ensure this connection, puppies are raised with the other farm animals, growing alongside the pigs, sheep, cattle and chickens. This instills a familial bond from a young age and ferments a deep protective instinct.

11/21/2017 4:02:56 PM

Bobbi, my experience with animals has always be rescue dog pets. Other animals have been rabbits, one cat, gerbils, guinea pigs, gold fish, and even a bird once. So, I'm in a stage of life where there will be no more animals for me. I don't need to herd any thing or protect stock life nor do I need a loyal companion. I just like the freedom of not having animals responsibilities. Thank you for sharing the cares, needs, and selections of the best animals for the situation needed, Have a great Thanksgiving Nebraska Dave

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