Renzo and Kathy - A New Pup's First Days With His New Owner

Updated: Nov 25, 2021

Author: Kathy Flynn

#Maremmasheepdogtraining, #positivereinforcementtrainingforlgds

Written by Kathy Flynn

I had no experience with livestock guardian dogs other than awareness of one dismal failure with a neighbor’s dog. Not surprisingly, the more I learned, the more I realized the failure was not on the part of the dog. So when I made the decision to get LGDs for my motley herd of rescue goats, I read and researched and settled on the Maremma Sheepdog. I am lucky that I live two hours away from Cindy.

Although I had secured an experienced older dog from another breeder, Luna, I wanted a second dog and knew Cindy was expecting a litter of puppies. When I contacted her, she invited me to visit her ranch. I went there the day before picking up the other dog, which turned out to be a blessing.

Looking back, I realize how incredibly cheeky I was. I was getting an experienced dog (who turned out to be worth her weight in gold) and asking to buy a puppy without actually having met a Maremma. That all changed with the visit to Cindy, where we spent literally hours roaming from pasture to pasture meeting her working pairs. Thus started my education.</