painted_ponies Posted September 12, 2007 Report Share Posted September 12, 2007 I have two canine neighbors, whom I call the Ghost and the Darkness (no idea what their real names are because the people who own them are uncommonly unfriendly). G&D are some sort of chow-mixed-with-large-mongrel who, for the past eight years have roamed at will, destroying porch furniture and ornamental plantings and trying their best to knock up the neighborhood bitches. With little success, thank goodness, due to the fact that most of my neighbors are pretty good shots with an air rifle. Anyway. As I chased them off my farm this morning before leaving for work, it occurred to me that these guys will present a real hazard to any sheep I acquire. I'd already decided that I'll use an LGD, but everything I've read recommends getting a small pup and letting the sheep teach him or her the ropes. But how to do that with these marauding canine miscreants around? At best, they'll ignore a pup and wade right in amongst the sheep, and at worst they'll kill the pup. So is it possible to buy adult LGDs? Do people even sell adult LGDs who are good at their jobs? If not, how will I manage to raise an LGD up to a size where s/he can defend him or herself and the sheep while still allowing him/her 24/7 access to at least some members of the flock? ETA: I know a solution to the problem would simply be to shoot the dogs. However, even if I could bring myself to do it (and I probably could if I thought they were hurting one of my animals), DH is adamantly opposed to having firearms anywhere on the farm. And of course asking the owners to keep the Ghost and the Darkness on their own property will be an exercise in futility. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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