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Puppy and hot wire troubles.

Discussion in 'Livestock Guardians' started by babsbag, Jan 10, 2017.

  1. Jan 10, 2017
    babsbag

    babsbag Herd Master

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    I need some advice from some pros.

    I brought Alondra home about 2 weeks ago, she is 5 months old ASD and not really leashed trained. After a few days in the barn we went for walk in the field with the goats and she hit the hot wire, and screamed her head off. Ended that on a bad note. The next day she comes out into the field with me and spends about 30 min. with the other dogs exploring and being a dog. And then she hit the hot wire again, she headed for the barn. The next day she didn't want to go into the field but I coaxed her and guess what...how can any pup be so unlucky, the field is big.

    Now she is terrified to leave the barn. How do I "fix" her? I have had dogs and pups learn about the wire many many times, but they have never had this bad of a reaction. I feel horrible, but I see her trying (and succeeding) to climb out of her kennel with 5' stock panel so she needs to learn to respect the fence.

    Short of dragging her out with a leash on any other ideas? Have I ruined her for life?
     
  2. Jan 10, 2017
    BrendaMNgri

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    Give her time - let her stay with the pack - don't cut her back on time with them. She will see their ways around the wire and hopefully learn and get over the fear. They have to learn.
    It is never pretty. Give her more time, its too early to say she has been 'ruined'. Too much too soon, sit back relax don't rush her so much. Let her be let her come out on own, mingle with pack. That is key she has to join them and settle in. 2 weeks is too soon to make judgement. Assuming of course, she is of good breeding stock, from good proven lines and good breeder.
     
  3. Jan 10, 2017
    babsbag

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    I'm not really worried that she is 'ruined', ;) I know she is young. I just wanted ideas on ways to reintroduce her to the field and if I should drag her out of the barn or let her take her own time. The last time she hit the wire she ran away from the barn and went and sat in a creek for about 30 min. I finally carried her to the barn...literally, she would not come near that wire on her own and I needed to go do other things. I will just give her some time and let her decide what to do, she loves my other dogs so I am hoping that she will follow again eventually.

    She seems perfectly comfortable around the goats and had been with them when I got her. After my struggles with my 1 year old LGD, Mia, this girl will be a walk in the park.

    She will be experiencing her first kidding tonight too. Of course from the other side of the wire since my goats aren't sure about this new little creature and I don't want to stress out the doe. They know about dogs, just not this dog yet.
     
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  4. Jan 10, 2017
    Bruce

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    Did she hit the wire when she wasn't paying attention? I wonder if you flagged the wires closest to her eye level she would see them more easily.
     
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    babsbag

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    She walked up to fence line and started sniffing and the wire is just at her head height so when she raised her head she was under the wire. She just doesn't know that it is even there. I think I will try and hang some flags on the part that she is in the most.
     
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