I'm a newby here and I could really use some input. I have lost several goats to mountain lion attacks and all of my chickens to bobcats. I got fed up with the losses and after much research decided to get two Anatolian Shepherds (5 month old males now). They sleep with the goats and spend all day with them. I caught them on occasion chasing our Omega goat and quickly corrected them which seemed to work, however, when we introduced two new goats to the herd they started chasing one of the new goats. I corrected them several times and they stopped the behavior. Today I heard one of my goats crying so I ran down to the field and found them playing tug of war with one of the new goats, I ran down and intervened, but the damage was done. The little goat died an hour later. I brought these dogs in to protect the herd and they have done the opposite. What can I do?
I have plenty of experience training American Shepherds and other breeds, but these are my first Guardian dogs.
Im sorry to hear of your troubles. LGD pups should be raised with livestock prior to adopting them out. Still a pup is not usually put to work guarding until a year old. Your boys are puppies without an adulr dog role model. If you continue to intervene and redirect they will learn. Anatolians are intelligent and sensitive in my experience. I would reserve the "alpha roll" for times of extreme infraction like you describe. My now 6 month old female Anatolian wanted to chase my children and pounce on them - playfully but even at 3 months she was a big girl. It took one alpha roll by me and she ceased that behavior. I have found her delifhtfully easy to train. I focused first on bonding with her. I believe it is her bond with me that induces her to desire to please me. And she recognizes that I am a firm but benevolent master.