Blogs - Table of Contents

(updated 8/4/2021)

New To LGDs – How Does It Work???
Online Training Course & LGD Training Manual
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/online-training-course-lgd-training-manual

Tell Me About Maremmas      
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/tell-me-about-maremmas

Biddability & LGDs
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/biddability-lgds 

One Dog Or Two – This Breeder’s Opinion
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/one-dog-or-two-this-breeder-s-opinion

Everything Right
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/everything-right

No Illusions
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/no-illusions 

A Language All Their Own
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/a-language-all-their-own

Why LGDs Bark & How To Manage This
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/why-lgds-bark-how-to-manage-this

Using An Older LGD To Train The New Puppy – My Thoughts On This

https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/using-an-older-lgd-to-train-the-new-puppy-my-thoughts-on-this

 

Follow Available Litters

Age of Placement
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/age-of-placement

 

How We Train Our Pups – The “Follow Blush’s Litter” Series

 

Follow Blush’s 2019 Litter – Birth to Four Weeks:
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/follow-blush-s-2019-litter-birth-to-four-weeks

        

Follow Blush's Litter (2)- Move to Field 1 - 5 Wks
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/follow-blush-s-litter-2-move-to-field-1-5-wks-6-13-19

        

Follow Blush’s Litter (3)– Move to Field 2 – 8 Wks
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/follow-blush-s-litter-3-move-to-field-2-8-wks-7-9-19

        

Follow Blush’s Litter (4) – Novel Stimulus Tunnel– 10 Wks
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/follow-blush-s-litter-4-novel-stimulus-tunnel-10-wks-7-16-19

 

Follow Blush’s Litter (5) – Unplanned Adventure – 10 Wks
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/follow-blush-s-litter-5-unplanned-adventure-10-wks-7-15-19   

 

Follow Blush’s Litter (6) – Creek Transition – 10 Wks
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/follow-blush-s-litter-6-creek-transition-10-wks-7-16-19   

 

Follow Blush’s Litter (7) – Novel Stimulus/Movement – 10 Wks

https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/follow-blush-s-litter-7-novel-stimulus-movement-10-wks-7-17-19

 

Follow Blush’s Litter (8) – Creek with Sheep – 10 wks
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/follow-blush-s-litter-8-creek-with-sheep-10-wks-7-17-19

 

Follow Blush’s Litter (9) – Ramps – 10 wks:
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/follow-blush-s-litter-9-ramps-10-wks-7-20-19

 

Follow Blush’s Litter (10) –Barrier Challenges – 10 Wks
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/follow-blush-s-litter-10-barrier-challenges-10-wks-7-20-19

 

Follow Blush’s Litter (11) – On Leash – 10 Wks

https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/follow-blush-s-litter-11-on-leash-10-wks-7-22-19

 

Follow Blush’s Litter (12) – Ramps & Grooming Table – 10 Wks

https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/follow-blush-s-litter-12-ramps-grooming-table-10-wks-7-22-19

 

Follow Blush’s Litter (13) – New Field – 11 Wks

https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/follow-blush-s-litter-13-new-field-11-wks-7-28-19

 

Follow Blush’s Litter (14) – Food Exchange – 12 Wks

https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/follow-blush-s-litter-14-food-exchange-12-wks-7-31-19

 

Follow Blush’s Litter (15) – Grooming During a Fear Period – 12 Wks

https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/follow-blush-s-litter-15-grooming-during-a-fear-period-12-wks-7-31-19

 

Follow Blush’s Litter (16) – Training During a Fear Period – 13 Wks

https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/follow-blush-s-litter-16-training-during-a-fear-period-13-wks-8-1-8-10

 

Follow Blush’s Litter (17) – Pool Party! – 13 Wks

https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/follow-blush-s-litter-17-pool-party-13-wks-8-11-19

 

Follow Blush’s Litter (18) – Big Field Transition – 13 Wks

https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/follow-blush-s-litter-18-big-field-transition-13-wks-8-11-19

 

Follow Blush’s Litter (19) – Leash Work & Car Rides – 14-15 Wks

https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/follow-blush-s-litter-19-leash-work-car-rides-14-15-wks

 

Follow Blush’s Litter (20) – Overnight In The Big Field – 15 Wks

https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/follow-blush-s-litter-20-overnight-in-the-big-field-15-wks

 

Follow Blush’s Litter (21) – Guarding Cows – 16 wks

https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/follow-blush-s-litter-21-guarding-cows-16-wks

 

Follow Blush’s Litter (22) – Learning About Chickens – 16 wks

https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/follow-blush-s-litter-22-learning-about-chickens-16-wks

 

Follow Blush’s Litter -  It’s a Wrap – The PennHIP Scores Are In!
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/follow-blush-s-litter-it-s-a-wrap-the-pennhip-scores-are-in-17-wks

 

 

Husbandry

        

Toenail Trimming – How To Go About It and Why It Matters -The Grooming Series
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/toenail-trimming-how-to-go-about-it-and-why-it-matters-the-grooming-series

The Grooming Series - Maintaining Maremmas with a Plan - ***Read This One First ***

https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/the-grooming-series-maintaining-maremmas-with-a-plan-read-this-one-first
 
Criteria For a Perfect Grooming Area - The Grooming Series

https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/criteria-for-a-perfect-grooming-area-the-grooming-series
 
My Favorite Grooming Tools and How I Use Them - The Grooming Series
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/my-favorite-grooming-tools-and-how-i-use-them-the-grooming-series

 

Clippers - Selection and Tips For Using Them - The Grooming Series
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/clippers-selection-and-tips-for-using-them-the-grooming-series

The Secret to My Grooming Success - This Magic Blower - The Grooming Series
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/the-secret-to-my-grooming-success-this-magic-blower-the-grooming-series
 
Partial Late Winter "Triage" Clipping - The Grooming Series
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/partial-late-winter-triage-clipping-the-grooming-series
 
Benson Maremmas - How to Wash a Dog in the Field
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/how-to-wash-a-dog-in-the-field-the-grooming-series
 
Fencing Options & Considerations for Maremmas
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/fencing-options-considerations-for-maremmas
 
Compassionate Use of Electric Fencing For Maremmas
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/compassionate-use-of-electric-fencing-for-maremmas

Diet and Feeding Protocol
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/diet-and-feeding-protocol

         

Toys & Bones & LGDs
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/toys-bones-lgds

        

A Sleeping Place For The Dogs – Think “Duplex”!
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/a-sleeping-place-for-the-dogs-think-duplex-3

        

Maremma Mansion
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/maremma-mansion

          

When To Spay and Neuter Our Pups
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/when-to-spay-or-neuter

 

Our Maremmas At Work

        

Young Maremma shows Bravery:
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/young-maremma-shows-bravery

        

          

 

For New Owners Of Our Pups

Renzo and Kathy - A New Pup's First Days With His Owner:
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/renzo-and-kathy-flynn

 

Manding -What It Is:
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/manding-part-1

 

The First Minutes, Hours, and Days With Your New Pups
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/the-first-minutes-hours-and-days-with-your-new-pups-1

 

Perfect First Housing For Your New Pups
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/perfect-first-housing-for-your-new-pups-2

 

Livestock Selection For Your New Pup
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/livestock-selection-for-your-new-pups-4

Introduction To The Established LGD & Household Pets
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/introduction-to-the-established-lgd-household-pets

Introducing Puppies To New Livestock
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/introducing-puppies-to-new-livestock

In Consideration Of Theft
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/in-consideration-of-theft-5

Transitions – Managing Barking
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/transitions-managing-barking

Gate Protocol – Step By Step
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/gate-protocol-step-by-step

Gate Manners & Using Our Harness
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/gate-manners-using-our-harness

Positive reinforcement Training – What It Is & Why It Matters
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/positive-reinforcement-training-what-it-is-why-it-matters

The Difference Between a Command and a Cue
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/the-difference-between-a-command-and-a-cue

Why Clicking and Correction Doesn’t Work

https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/why-clicking-and-correction-used-together-doesn-t-work-the-poisoned-cue

        

Using a Clicker To Teach Confidence
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/using-a-clicker-to-teach-confidence

Why Can’t I Just Say “No”?
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/why-can-t-i-just-say-no

A Typical Day of Training for an Incredible Maremma Owner
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/a-typical-day-of-training-for-an-incredible-maremma-owner

Leash Work – How It Differs From Companion Dogs

https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/leash-work-for-lgds-how-it-differs-from-companion-dogs

 

Not “Sit”
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/not-sit

 

Training To Prevent Resource Guarding
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/training-to-prevent-resource-guarding   

 

Thinking of Hiring a Trainer For New Pups from Me? Oh, Please No!

https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/thinking-of-hiring-a-trainer-for-new-pups-from-me-oh-please-no

 

Training - Foundation

Online Training Course & LGD Training Manual

https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/online-training-course-lgd-training-manual

 

Treat Selection & Preparation
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/treat-selection-preparation

 

Training is about creating behavior – not stopping it

https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/training-is-about-creating-behavior-not-stopping-it 

 

Meadow Meets the Goats - **Cues**
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/meadow-meets-the-goats-cues

Introducing Meadow and Benson to Sheep and Baby Lambs Using a Safety Line - **Cues**
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/introducing-meadow-and-benson-to-sheep-and-baby-lambs-using-a-safety-line-cues

Vinny Meets the Goats - Safety Line & Shaping
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/vinny-meets-the-goats-safety-line-shaping

Teaching a Maremma to come when called - recall

https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/teaching-a-maremma-to-come-when-called-recall 

Why LGDs Bark & How To Manage This
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/why-lgds-bark-how-to-manage-this

   

Positive reinforcement Training – What It Is & Why It Matters
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/positive-reinforcement-training-what-it-is-why-it-matters

The Difference Between a Command and a Cue
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/the-difference-between-a-command-and-a-cue

Why Clicking and Correction Doesn’t Work
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/why-clicking-and-correction-used-together-doesn-t-work-the-poisoned-cue

Using a Clicker To Teach Confidence
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/using-a-clicker-to-teach-confidence

Why Can’t I Just Say “No”?
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/why-can-t-i-just-say-no

Why Saying “Ah!” Didn’t Work
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/why-ah-didn-t-work

Teaching an Incompatible Behavior
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/teaching-an-incompatible-behavior

Interrupting Chase Behavior – Old Style and New     

https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/interrupting-chase-behavior-old-style-training-and-new

Teaching Touch and Look
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/how-to-teach-touch-look

How To Train and Reward Two Dogs at the Same Time
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/how-to-train-and-reward-two-dogs-at-the-same-time

 

Why LGDs Bark & How To Manage This
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/why-lgds-bark-how-to-manage-this
  

          

Training – Puppies

Clicker Train A Litter – Yes!!!!:
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/clicker-train-a-litter-yes

        

Clicker Training a Litter – What The Pups Learn:
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/clicker-training-a-litter-what-the-pups-learn

 

Manding -What It Is:
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/manding-part-1

        

Manding - Why Teach It?:
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/manding-why-teach-it

        

Manding – How To Teach It To a Litter of Puppies:
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/manding-how-to-teach-it-to-a-litter-of-puppies

 

First Clicker Session For This Litter – At 7 Weeks
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/follow-sara-s-litter-1st-clicker-session-7-wks

Manding – 7 Weeks Of Age
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/follow-sara-s-litter-2-manding-7-wks

Manding With Krysta – 7 ½ Weeks Of Age
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/follow-sara-s-litter-3-manding-with-krysta-7-1-2-wks

Barrier Challenge & Novel Stimulus – 8 Weeks Of Age
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/follow-sara-s-litter-4-barrier-challenge-novel-stimulus-8-wks

Tunnel & Grooming Table – 9-10 Weeks Of Age
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/follow-sara-s-litter-5-tunnel-grooming-table-9-10-wks

Leash Work & Chicken Cook Visit – 9-10 Weeks Of Age
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/follow-sara-s-litter-6-leash-work-chicken-coop-9-10-wks

Big Field Transition – 12 Weeks Of Age

https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/follow-sara-s-litter-7-big-field-transition-12-wks

Guarding Cows – 16 Weeks Of Age
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/follow-sara-s-litter-8-guarding-cows-16-wks

  

 

…For Science Geeks Like Me

Biddability & LGDs
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/biddability-lgds 

Genetics and Temperament – How Big Is Your World?

https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/genetics-and-temperament-how-big-is-your-world 

 

Resilience & Coping Skills – What You Can Do To Support Your Dog

https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/resilience-coping-skills-what-you-can-do-to-support-your-dog 

Novel Stimulus & Pavlov’s Dog
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/novel-stimulus-pavlov-s-dog

The Magic Window of Time
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/the-magic-window-of-time

Adolescence – The SECOND Opportunity To Influence A Dog’s Life In A Big Way
 https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/adolescence-the-second-opportunity-to-influence-a-dog-s-life-in-a-big-way

Training as if the Dogs Have a Choice – They Do!
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/training-as-if-the-dogs-have-a-choice-they-do

Aren’t Treats Just Bribery?? No! Read On….:
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/aren-t-treats-just-bribery-no-read-on

 

The Training Triangle – This Time Training Six Month Old Pups With Chickens

https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/the-training-triangle-this-time-training-6-month-old-pups-with-chickens

Not “Sit”
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/not-sit

Littermate Syndrome: What It means and Is It a Concern?
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/littermate-syndrome-what-it-means-and-is-it-a-concern

 

Personal Stories

              

The Guardians of Benson Ranch:   
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/the-guardians-of-benson-ranch

Thirty Three Maremmas – Bliss!:
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/thirty-three-maremmas-bliss

It Takes a Village To Raise….Puppies!:
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/it-takes-a-village-to-raise-puppies

Rosie Goes To The Vet
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/rosie-goes-to-the-vet

Thirty One Puppies – All Three Litters

https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/31-puppies-all-three-litters

Puppy Socialization – A Family Affair
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/puppy-socialization-a-family-affair

          

2019 Sarika x Milan Litter

 

Follow Sarika’s Litter (1)
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/follow-sarika-s-litter-1

 

Follow Sarika’s Litter – The Great Outdoors! (2)
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/follow-sarika-s-litter-2-the-great-outdoors

 

Follow Sarika’s Litter (3) – Visiting With Gracie – 3-5 Wks
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/follow-sarika-s-litter-3-visiting-with-gracie-3-5-wks

Follow Sarika’s Litter (4) – Sheep!!!
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/follow-sarika-s-litter-4-sheep

Follow Sarika’s Litter (5) – The Creek Transition
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/follow-sarika-s-litter-4-the-creek-transition

Follow Sarika’s Litter (6) – Novel Stimulus & The Creek
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/follow-sarika-s-litter-6-novel-stimulus-the-creek

Photos & Videos – The Sarika’s Litter – 3-4 Months Old
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/photos-video-the-sarika-2019-litter-4-5-months-old

 

2019 Cameo x Milan Litter

Follow Cameo’s Litter (1)
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/follow-cameo-s-litter-1

Photos & Videos – The Cameo Litter 3-4 Months Old
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/photos-videos-the-cameo-2019-litter-3-4-months-old

The Cameo x Milan 11/17/20 Litter
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/available-started-adolescent-dogs

 

Learn About Our Past Litters -2019 Blush x Centurion Litter

Follow The Blush x Centurion Litter (1)
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/follow-the-blush-x-centurion-2019-litter-1

Photos & Videos – The Blush x Centurion Litter – 3-4 Months Old
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/photos-videos-the-blush-x-centurion-2019-litter-3-4-months-old

2019 Blush x Centurion Litter

Follow The Blush x Centurion Litter (1)
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/follow-the-blush-x-centurion-2019-litter-1

Photos & Videos – The Blush x Centurion Litter – 3-4 Months Old
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/photos-videos-the-blush-x-centurion-2019-litter-3-4-months-old

2021 Sarika x Milan Litter

2021 Sarika x Milan Litter - 5 wks - Clicker Training Begins!
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/2021-sarika-x-milan-litter-5-wks-clicker-training-begins

2021 Sarika x Milan Litter - 6 wks
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/2021-sarika-x-milan-litter-6-wks

2021 Sarika x Milan Litter - 7 wks
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/2021-sarika-x-milan-litter-7-wks

2021 Sarika x Milan Litter - 8 wks - With Sheep!
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/2021-sarika--x-milan-litter-8-wks-with-sheep

2021 Sarika x Milan Litter - 8 wks - Creek Introduction
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/2021-sarika-x-milan-litter-8-wks-creek-introduction

2021 Sarika x Milan Litter - 8 wks - Introduction to Mentors
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/2021-sarika-x-milan-litter-8-wks-introduction-to-mentors

2021 Sarika x Milan Litter - 8 wks - Meet the Baby Goats - Need Plan B!
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/2021-sarika-x-milan-litter-8-wks-meet-the-baby-goats-need-plan-b

2021 Sarika x Milan Litter - 9 wks - Big Field Transition
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/2021-sarika-x-milan-litter-9-wks-big-field-transition

2021 Sarika x Milan Litter - 10 wks - The Plan B Goat Introduction
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/2021-sarika-x-milan-litter-10-wks-the-plan-b-goat-introduction

2021 Sarika x Milan Litter - 11 wks - The Creek Lane Pasture

https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/2021-sarika-x-milan-litter-11-wks-the-creek-lane-pasture

 
Maremma News

Upcoming Webinar with Karen Pryor Clicker Training & Benson Maremmas
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/upcoming-webinar-with-karen-pryor-clicker-training-benson-maremmas

International LGD Broadcast Featuring Benson Maremmas and Cindy Benson
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/international-lgd-broadcast-featuring-benson-maremmas-and-cindy-benson

Online Dog Training Course & LGD Training Manual
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/online-training-course-lgd-training-manual

 

 
KPA & the LGD Training Manual - Q/A

Strategies for Using Food Reinforcement with LGDs
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/strategies-for-using-food-reinforcement-with-lgds  

 

My Training Manual as Interactive
https://www.bensonmaremmas.com/post/my-training-manual-as-interactive