A farm sheepdog can provide invaluable companionship and emotional support. For thousands of years, dogs have assisted in agriculture as livestock protectors and later as livestock herders. Today they are still as important as ever. Whether you’re training a new farm pup or you already have a reliable dog, safety should always be a top priority around your farm.
Here are four easy ways of keeping your farm sheepdog safe.
Make sure your perimeter is secure
Every farm should have secure and durable fencing, that way you’ll keep your animals in and keep unwelcome visitors out! Regular checks of your perimeter will ensure that your dog doesn’t escape through a small gap as even the most well behaved dogs can get a little curious and this could be a hazard if there are busy roads nearby. Broken fencing could also encourage dogs passing by to run into the farm. Although they should be on a lead, it’s best to be on the safe side.
Invest in ATV dog attachments
ATV’s are a great off-road vehicle to use around the farm as they can be used in so many ways. Our Quadcrate Dog Handling package is a must-have attachment for keeping young and experienced dogs safe. The transport cage is a secure place to put young canines when moving from A to B and allows them to still be able to see and hear what is going on around them.
Transporting dogs on an ATV without the right equipment is unsafe and could result in injury to your animal if they jump off the quad while in motion. Having this package will allow you to be in more control of this sort of circumstance.
Train them early
The importance of training in keeping your farm sheepdog safe cannot be emphasised enough. They can get comfortable in their environment and recognise danger by gradually exposing them to your cattle and acclimating them to the sights and sounds of the farm. Before gaining trust, walk them around the farm (on a leash at first)
If you’re looking for ATV attachments to keep your dog safe the Quadcrate Dog Handling package has everything you need, including:
- 1 x Quadcrate + suspension bracket
- 1 x Transport cage (2 positions)
- 1 x Transport cage removable lid
- 1 x Front Postholder
- 1 x Front Toolbox
While your tired dog has a rest, you can get on with other duties around the farm. Get in touch with us today for more information.