~destructive, likes to tear everything up and dig huge holes
~has food aggression toward livestock (she guards grain from them as well as minerals)
~jumps on all guests even when she has an ecollar on
~likes to roam and escape fences
That's a really good idea. I will definitely keep that in mind when I'm building my goat pasture and buildings. Maybe a pen within a pen for Gracie, then let her out at night into the main pasture area to roam? She has climbed over cattle panels, so I'd have to run a hotwire around the pen to keep her from climbing/digging.I think @Baymule is suggesting a "moat" approach to Gracie doing night duty similar to my setup.
I have a night shelter made of 4x4x48" rigid panels and tposts. Sheep come in willingly for small grain ration. My rottie farm dog has free run of paddocks at night. He keeps stray dogs and coyotes off property. He isn't allowed in paddocks with sheep cause he chases them. His prority is my kids.
So true, LOL! Yup, that's one thing I'll always have to deal with. Those holes are everywhere. And those vacuuming space aliens are so real.Some LGDs dig huge holes. Then space aliens come down, vacuum it all up and disappear. You never find the dirt to go back in the hole. Big holes-deal with it, not likely to change.
Ok, so I'm pretty sure I've never caught her in the act of tearing things up, so I can't say. But 99% of the time, it was carelessness on our part leaving things so she could chew them up and ruin them. Also, I think it was boredom from being tied out and having tarps in her reach (sorry, chicken tractor) which is also sadly 100% our fault. I think if she's no longer tied out all the time she might be less destructive?Tear’s everything up- she is a puppy and may grow out of this. What is your reaction when she shreds things up?
This is a good idea. I think I'm definitely going to go with some form of this idea. I think my main problem is, I gave up on trying to help her and train her to the appropriate behavior around livestock after she had been acting up worse and worse over time. I guess I was just expecting a perfect dog like Moses who never needed any behavioral correction around livestock, and I didn't really realize I needed to invest time to help her. I guess I'm starting to see that now.Chases livestock-supervised visits only. What about putting her in a cow panel pen next to the goats? Then supervised visits with the goats.
I can start doing this now, I think. My goats hate dogs, so they both need to get used to each other over time. My herd queen might try to ram Gracie, so I'll see what happens.Food aggressive-stop this now. Supervised visits, put her on a leash, feed the goats and walk her right up to them. If she tries to get aggressive, correct her. You will have to repeat this , maybe a lot. Gentle correction first, it may take awhile, then more serious. If she persists, do what I call a Come to Jesus Meeting. LOL
I don't really have any friends who would want to/be able to do this, so I'll just be stuck with keeping the dogs put up whenever there are guests around, or using the e-collar.Jumps on guests-get friends to help you with this. She jumps on them, they raise knee HARD, yell NO. Hopefully the knee jerk is hard enough to flip her backwards. It will not hurt her.