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Old 01-31-2012, 01:37 PM   #1
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Default How to stop LGD from chasing baby goats

First of all this is NOT my dog it is a dog I saw advertised on clist. He has all the things I am looking for in a LGD (male, says he works great with older livestock just chases baby goats) I'm just wondering how hard it is to get him to stop..I know it takes lots of training. I could put him in with my bucks until I get some babies on the ground and help him stop this behavior....but is it something that he can stop with work. He is a year old so still a pup. I have a female GP and have trained her and she is wonderful. I got her to stop chasing babies but she was younger. She is 8 months now.

Is this something an LGD you would get an work on or just pass and wait till another comes along?



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Old 01-31-2012, 01:48 PM   #2
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I would get a shock collar with a remote control on it. You can get them on ebay for cheapish.
It is what a friend of mine uses for his hunting dogs to train them and keep them in line.
Also when they are in the house when they jump up on people they get a zap.

I would give him a big zap whenever he comes within 1 ft of a baby goat. He has to know the baby goats are "evil"...just to get him to stop that bad behavior. Also don't just shock but use verbal correction as well. Yell "NO (dog's name) stay away from them" or something similar. Make sure he isn't getting zapped for everything little thing or it might be hard to know what he is doing wrong.Maybe have him in a pen with just babies and train him out of that. Then when you have him in with the bucks or does you can train him out of anything else (i.e. if he starts chewing horns). Don't try to train too many things at once. he should learn quickly this way.

Some people think the shocker is in-humane but imo its not that bad. They simply let out a little yelp and run away from what they were doing...which is what you want. It is by far better than the dog hurting a kid or stressing it out.



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Old 01-31-2012, 02:06 PM   #3
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Yes I've been thinking of getting a shock collar anyway to try it..never tried one...well will talk to owner and see what they have to say..if everything sounds ok I think I'll take a chance on him.

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We just use a tie out when we have kids cus our LGD chases them.Never thought about a shock collar...that might work!

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The problem with the shock collar is you have to be there watching the dog and shock at just the right time for the dog to learn. It will take a lot of work and time and still may not work. We have a doberman that we use a shock collar on sometimes because she'll bite at car tires when they pull in our driveway. As soon as she goes to bite, she gets a quick shock. She's learning, but slowly. It's hard because we can't catch it everytime and you really need to be consistent with the training.

I personally wouldn't trust a LGD chasing my kids to be left with the kids. Maybe you should build a large kennel for the dog to stay in when you're not there or put it in with the bucks. I would just worry whenever I wasn't with the goats if the dog was out there.

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I've decided not to get him.. I wouldn't have the dog anywhere near my kids unless I was there. He would be with bucks when I'm not around until he gained my trust and even then I would be weary. But thanks for the advice.

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I think you made a good decision Jess.

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I just didn't like the chances as far as how likely I could train him not to do it. My female was absolutely the easiest to train from what I have read online...have had very few problems with her. So I think she spoiled me :P So my hunt for another LGD keeps going.

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Found another LGD...waiting to see if someone else is gonna take him...if not we get him He is perfect...I was warned he kills chickens that are in his pen but I don't let my chickens roam except a couple and those dont go in the goat pen due to my other lgd. We shall see....crossing my fingers that my search is over and I get him

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My 8 month old LGD is now exposed to my Nigerian Dwarf babies and finding out it is fun because they run where the adults stand their ground and pound him good. I had to literally pounce on him and hold him to the ground letting him know this was NOT acceptable!! I have read in other forums to use shock collars but I don't buy that because he needs to know that he should protect not fear his charges. Your input would be appreciated. We are exposing him every chance we get to the babies under our supervision and correcting unwanted behavior immediately. He is NOT being aggressive but more acting like a pup playing.



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