People sometimes ask if our livestock guardian dogs are good herders. They aren’t. In fact, that’s a completely different task. Instead, guarding dogs are supposed to bond well with the animals that they are guarding. They stay with them at all times, and let predators know not to come close. Scoop sleeps all morning because he is alert all night. Sometimes he chases coyotes away, but he also spends a lot of his time next to the goats, barking or emitting low howls to tell predators to stay away.
Over the next several months, McKinney will learn to do the same thing.