great pyrenees dog and sheepKENT, Wash. – “Livestock Guardian Dogs” is the title of a workshop hosted by WSU Extension 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, at Meridian Grange, 15422 SE 272nd St, Kent, Wash.

The workshop will be taught by Laura Faley, an extension livestock advisor for Skagit, Island and Snohomish counties.

Faley will address such questions as: What is a livestock guardian dog (LGD)? How do they differ from other dog breeds? Do they make good family pets? What do they eat? How do you train them? How effective are they at predator control?

Other workshop topics include:

  • Bonding to stock vs. quasi pet.
  • Zoning and barking ordinances vs. “Right to Farm.”
  • Rescues and the challenges of mixed breed LGDs.
  • Fencing, space and location choices.
  • Training and how LGDs respond to typical training methods.
  • Setting puppies up for success.
  • Neutering vs. life with an intact dog.
  • Breeds and breeders.

Hidden Meadow Ranch is Faley’s working farm located near Mount Vernon, where she raises chickens, turkeys, ducks and sheep using LGDs for predator control. She began working with LGDs six years ago and now has five dogs protecting her livestock.

Workshop space is limited and pre-paid registration is required. Cost is $15 per person or $25 for up to three from the same farm/family. Register online at

For more information, contact Kate Ryan, agriculture program coordinator, WSU Snohomish County Extension, 425-357-6024,