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November 22, 2013
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ConnieM
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I have a 9 month old Great Pyrenees who has been with my goats for several months.  When she was younger she would chase the goats and grab at their back legs.  At that time I put her on a lead with a long run so that she could move around well, but still give the goats a way to get away from her.  As she got older, the behavior stopped, so I was able to let her off the run.  Recently she has begun doing it again.  She mainly picks on my wether rather than the does.  I have caught her doing it and it appears that she is just trying to play with him, just too roughly.  Last week she injured one of his front legs.  Since then I have separated her from them by a fence running through their pasture.  I work during the day, but at night when I feed them I let her in with the goats.  She will still begin to chase them, but I stop her quickly.  I have been making her sit and stay while I am getting their food bowls filled.  She is doing pretty good at that.  The wether's leg has healed, and I want a more permanent solution.  I have three day weekends to work with her.  Any suggestions?

November 22, 2013
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I adopted a Rottweiler who had been being trained as a fight DoG and adapted her to life on my farm where chickens and ducks roamed free, sheep were moved each day, formerly feral cats lived in the house and three other adopted dogs shared my attention. I acclimated her by taking her everywhere with me on a short leash, speaking gently to her almost continuously, and rewarding her with praise and sometimes a treat when she treated a challenging situation (I purposely tempted her with increasing frequency) with an appropriate response. This was not a quick fix. It took three months. But, at the end of that time she adopted lambs, served as a perch for chicks and ducklings, and slept snuggled in a pile of dogs and cats. Do with this information what you will. Good luck.

December 7, 2013
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Several years ago I adopted a pit bull who had never seen anything but people and other dogs.  Everyone told me that I would never get a two year old dog to accept goats and chickens.  I exposed him slowly on a leash and scolded him for aggression.  I made it clear that they were my animals and that he was not hurt them.  I made a point to reward him for accepting them by praising him and petting him.  I always made a huge deal out of any good behavior no matter how small.   I made a point to take him to see the goats and chickens twice a day. The whole process took about a year and he fit in well with my normal routine.  It worked well for exposing him and he got to get out and exercise a little.  He learned that there were rules and boundaries.  Eventually he befriended the goats and I actually had to save him from their over zealous play a few times.  He would not stand up for himself because he knew that he was not allowed to hurt them.   As for the chickens, they would eat his food and roost in the the dog house with him.  He also liked to chase deer, until one of the local does decided to attack.  She cured him of that real quick.  I think you can teach a dog to respect you and other animals, it just take time and patience.

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