Why We Love Our Farm Dogs
Dogs have been hailed as both fierce guardians and loyal companions for centuries. While the mention of a dog today tends to conjure up images of pups lounging on their owners’ laps, as a farmer, you probably have a different image in mind: your farm dog! Up for any challenge and always eager to go the extra mile, our farm dogs work hard to help make our lives a little easier. Not only are they a dedicated member of the team, they’re a devoted member of the family. There’s no denying the soft spot in our hearts for our trusted furry friends. Take a look at these 5 reasons why we love our farm dogs.
1. Protective Nature
When faced with an intruder, farm dogs will fiercely protect your livestock and/or property Guardian breeds like the Anatolian Shepherd and the Tibetan Mastiff are bred to view livestock as part of their pack, so they are prepared to protect them at any cost. You can always count on your farm dog to run to your livestock’s aid if a stranger gets too close, even if they’re in the middle of a good belly rub.
2. Strong Work Ethic
Not only are farm dogs happy to get started on a task, they’re dedicated to getting the job done. Tough and hardworking, they are eager and willing no matter how demanding the task. Even after their most exhausting day, they’re always ready to go again when the sun rises.
Not only are farm dogs obedient to a fault, they are incredibly intuitive. Combined with their quick-witted nature, these pups are instinctive problem solvers. They are capable of swiftly reading situations and coming up with an effective solution. For example, one owner describes a scene in which her Tibetan Mastiff had alerted her and herded all other animals away as a mother goat prepared to give birth (Source).
4. Loyalty and Devotion
The final reason we love our farm dogs: they love us unconditionally. Researchers have found that the same hormone released in a gaze between two humans, oxytocin (aka, the “love hormone”), is released in dogs when gazing at humans. So, don’t doubt that bond you feel with your dog -- it’s scientific! Alongside this devotion comes fierce loyalty. Not only are our dogs always eager to help us with a task or protect us from potential threats, they sense our emotions to provide us sympathy and support. Studies have found that our dogs’ approach to our emotions goes so far as to be evidence of empathy, as they join in our joy or provide comfort when we’re feeling down.
So, give your farm dogs a little extra love today. They deserve it!