Working dog interactions with livestock

Working farm dogs have made a profound contribution to the farming of livestock in Australia since the 1800s. While scientific research into the sheep and cattle they work has been extensive, little is known about what makes a successful dog. This project will focus on identifying val

Working farm dog performance and longevity

Increasing the success rate of working dogs on Australian farms has the potential to improve efficiency for farmers and the welfare of their dogs. A survey of over 800 Australian stock dog owners is currently under analysis. Data have been gathered about 4,000+ of their dogs, past and

Livestock guardian dogs in Australia

Livestock guardian dogs (LGDs) have been used for predator control for thousands of years. However, they are relatively new to Australia, and in this project the use of LGDs for stock protection was investigated in Australia. A telephone survey among 150 users of LGDs was conducted to