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LIVESTOCK GUARDIANS Information relating to all breeds of Livestock Guarding dogs
TEMPERAMENT

A description of the unique Maremmano temperament - just what are these dogs like and how do they work? Notice when you point your mouse over any menu item when using the links at the top of the page you receive a description text to help you find the page you need easily.

The temperament of the maremma as a working or companion dog is discussed in a series of articles covering all aspects of temperament and behaviour.

TEMPERAMENT in the links at the top of the page presents you with a drop menu to all articles in this section:

  • Introduction
  • Trustworthiness trait
  • Attentiveness trait
  • Protectiveness trait
  • Nature of guardians
  • How guardians work
  • Individual differences
  • Puppy behaviour
  • Motor patterns and intelligence
  • Sheepdog behaviour
  • Retriever behaviour
  • Fox behaviour
TRAINING / BONDING

Training this dog is far different to training any other breed - read the Temperament page first for best results, then read the series of articles to assist you in bonding your puppy or even adult dogs to livestock.

TRAINING / BONDING in the links at the top of the page presents you with a drop menu to all articles in this section:

  • Training basics
  • Guarding situations
  • Bonding
  • Multiple guardians
  • 2 puppies together
  • Obedience training
PUPPY MATTERS

Raising puppies is the most important aspect of owning a dog of any breed. How you raise your young pup will have a huge effect on how confident and healthy a dog you have for many years to come.

PUPPY MATTERS in the links at the top of the page presents you with a drop list to all articles in this section:

  • Puppy raising
  • Puppy food
  • Feeding a puppy
  • Socialising
  • Social LGD puppies (livestock guarding dogs)
  • Training puppies
  • Obedience training
  • Healthy puppies
  • Useful tools
HOW TO GET HELP

Sometimes it just isn't enough to read information on web sites to get the help you need!

In this section you have links to:

  • Talk to others - join a maremma community and talk with others about your own dog/s
  • All dog breeds - blog with information about all breeds of dog needs where you can comment and ask questions
  • Livestock guardians - blog with information about all breeds of livestock guarding dogs where you can comment and ask questions
  • Contact me - at the bottom of every page on this site is a link to email me with any questions or comments you may have that you can't work out an answer for and I will try to help!
HIP DYSPLASIA

A full series of articles on the subject of Canine Hip Dysplasia to explain the crippling disease, diagnosis and management.

Veterinary Imaging Associates has kindly produced a detailed docement for this site explaining how to read a hip score and what the hip systems are. This is great to go through with your hip score results so you can understand just what all those numbers really mean! My thanks to them for this informative document.

HIP DYSPLASIA in the links at the top of the page presents you with a drop menu to all articles in this section:

  • Introduction
  • Normal hips
  • Abnormal hips
  • Symptoms
  • Diagnosis
  • Treatment
  • Genetic factors
  • Breeding
  • ANKC scoring
  • PennHip
HISTORY

The fascinating history of this ancient Italian breed.

HISTORY in the links at the top of the page presents you with a drop menu to all articles in this section:

  • Italian History
  • Australian History
  • Australian breeding statistics to 2000
  • Australian breeding statistics from 2000 - 2011
  • Franca Simondetti - articles by a now deceased Italian maremma breeder
    • Breed history
    • Temperament
    • Characterisitcs
    • Structure of the animal
    • Protectiveness
MAREMMANO

MAREMMANO in the links at the top of the page presents you with a drop menu to who creates and manages this web site and the basics of what a maremmano is

BREED STANDARDS

BREED STANDARDS in the links at the top of the page presents you with a drop menu to all articles in this section:

  • Standards - what is a breed standard?
  • Italian standards
  • Australian standards
  • Measuring angles - a free tool to download to help you measure your own maremma proportions and angles against the standards
LINKS TO MORE

A way to spring board from my site to other sites including more Maremmano Abruzzese resources, as well as other sites that I enjoy and think you will too.

LINKS TO MORE in the links at the top of the page presents you with a drop menu to all pages in this section:

  • Photos - lots of photos of maremmas all over the world
  • Links - links to other sites of interest
  • Medisoft - my day-time job
  • BITTS - my company that is currently being merged with Medisoft
  • SIte map - AHA that's where you are now!
COMMUNITY Join the maremma community - FREE registration where you can talk directly to other people around the world about these amazing dogs living in any kind of situation
   
male maremma playing with his pups displaying the loving nature of these livestock guardian dogs

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