We brought our Maremmas with us to West Sumner, Maine after spending two years studying Italian Agricultural Methods in Italy on the Maremma Plateau. Our dogs come from great, ancient lines of strong and beautiful working dog families. Now they guard a flock of sheep and poultry (chickens and ducks) in Maine. We were educated in training Livestock Guardian Dogs (LGDs) and have worked with them daily for over 8 years. Because our dogs were raised with a large working dog pack, they have brought with them the cultural “pack” knowledge necessary to pass down to their offspring. The Maremma Sheepdogs of West Sumner are trained from birth to work with the farm animals, and demonstrate their guardianship drive as early as 6 weeks of age.