Maremma penguin protectors must be trained properly

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Mezzo is an Italian sheepdog puppy.

But don't be deceived by his fluffy face, this adorable Maremma will soon weigh about 40 kilograms and become the fierce, fox-fighting guardian of a now-famous island colony of little penguins.

If he passes his two-year training program Mezzo may be the next real-life Oddball, star of the family-friendly 2015 movie.

Mezzo and companion dog Isola's training regime will be challenging, not so much for the dogs but for the trainers.
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Their Italian names loosely translate to Middle and Island, the rugged island the coast of Warrnambool in south-west Victoria where they will spend most of their adult lives protecting penguins from foxes.

Read more...http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-18/how-to-train-maremma-dogs-to-be-penguin-protectors/9455776

Maremma Sheepdog - Wikipedia http://tipsandsteps.com/shortlink/wa