Breeds Of Dogs That Harass Horses

TRUE DEVOTION

Hello Everyone!
Many of my most asked type of questions are problems between Horses (or Donkeys such as in this picture) and Dogs. What type or breed of dog to get for their Farm or Acreage that will get along with livestock? Or they already have a dog that is harassing the horses, etc.?

I like this picture because this is a Blue Heeler (a HERDING BREED) and he gets along fine with livestock. WHY??? Quite simple actually, the owners worked diligently at training him to not HERD livestock which this breed is Hereditarily bred to do. It is in their Genetic Make-up. Such breeds simply cannot help it. Humans specifically bred them to HERD or in some "Non Professional Livestock Owners" terms HARASS livestock. Of course the people developing this breed of dog knew from the start that they would have to work DAILY at training the dog when to HERD and when to NOT HERD. DAILY.............. not just hollering at the dog or locking/tying it up but DAILY Hands ON training it to listen to commands to not Herd (Chase) livestock. Hollering, locking/tying up, punishing the dog does not work. IT DOES NOT WORK and is considered ABUSE!!! Instead training the dog to listen to all commands, especially "STOP IT" and giving such active breeds something else to enjoy such as chasing a Ball or Frisbee is what works for them to burn off their Hereditary EXCESS ENERGY.

Such breeds do not do well tied up or lacking in training. These breeds thrive on DAILY, hands on training from their masters as they are highly intelligent and love to LEARN and love to PLEASE their masters.
Just a couple of such Herding breeds are Border Collie (the most intelligent of all dog breeds by the way), Blue/Red Heelers, Australian Shepherd, etc.

Other people write and have a Breed of dog not classed in dogs bred to HERD livestock (nipping at their heels and rounding them up with intense concentration). But are more specifically bred to GUARD. Bred to Guard House and Home. They are also stumped with what to do with their dog around livestock. Just a couple of such breeds are German Shepherd, Rottweiler, Doberman, etc. etc. Many others but trying to limit length of newsletter here.
And the problem now goes from the dog HERDING the horse or other livestock to all out barking, snarling and again chasing if the animal(s) run from them.................................. may even bite/attack them.............now remember the HERDING breeds do not have to be loud or overly aggressive to get the livestock to move away as they instinctively know how to get them to move.............................. by nipping at their heels and intensively staring them down........................ but Such Guard dog breeds are a true DANGER to livestock. Purposely over many years and generations bred to DOMINATE. The same goes for a guarding breed as written above but in your DAILY (by DAILY, I mean not for a week or two but the life of the dog) such breeds must be firmly without Abusing them, taught NO........................ you Harass the livestock, I, the Human LEADER OF THE PACK is going to DOMINATE YOU........................ You, the human(s) are the BOSS here................. when you discipline such a breed, do it and mean it............................... DAILY................ not sporadically or occasionally but INSTANTLY the second such a breed even thinks about Dominating livestock. NO means NO!!!
The biggest problem I find here is the humans will not take the time daily to correct the dog. Not just daily BUT EACH TIME the dog harasses the livestock. Doing so Sporadically DOES NOT WORK.

Aaaahhhhhhhh............................. but now someone writes and their dog is a Labrador Retriever............ first thing is any Retriever,any breed bred to RETRIEVE is what we call a soft mouthed dog. They are not known BAD biters and they are not known as purposely chasing livestock to Round Them Up or Move Them. They will chase livestock if the livestock runs from them because any breed of dog will chase a FLEEING PREY ANIMAL. Any breed!!! Such soft mouthed breeds again (here we go again) simply need DAILY TRAINING to stop barking at the livestock and to not run after it in play should the prey animal run from them. Simply DAILY TRAINING that such barking and/or chasing is not allowed......................... very easy to retrain such breeds to behave by the way....................

Which leaves me with my PACK of small 10 to 15 pound dogs harassing my horses................... Small breed dogs.............................. One On One................ if the only dog out there??? Then they are chickens, bark a bit and back off. But in a Pack Situation, ( a pack is anywhere from two dogs and up) these little creatures keep on barking and annoying, trusting as a PACK, they will get to see the horses make a run for it......................... BUT: Do to size, one kick from a hind leg or one deadly strike from a front hoof and that dog is seriously injured or worse........................ BEEN THERE AND EXPERIENCED IT............................ Train your little dog(s) that harassing any livestock is unacceptable............... DAILY......................... for the rest of their lives........................DAILY.

NOTE: OFTEN YOUR DOG IS A CROSSBRED WHEN YOU WRITE TO ME. Each part of that cross bred pedigree comes into play here. If a part of your Cross Bred falls into these Main Categories, then handle the dog during training as needed. Thank You!!

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