My uncle was being thoughtful and gave me a Saint bernard puppy for protecting my animals. I'm curious as to if they make effective lgds. I know they are used as herding dogs but I read up on them soon as the puppy came to stay with me and it is a lot of training to be done for them in other areas. One of the things I did not like when I read was they have to be properly socialized with children so that they recognise them as something to protect and not prey. I'm worried that the dog will be more of a threat to the kids, the chickens and cats than the raccoons and possums.