Report the dog, he will kill your goats. It is hard when family members don't support you, but, stand up for the goats and the machine. Good luck.
It doesn’t shock randomly. It doesn’t connect to the app on phones to tone or shock. Not that he ever had it on thought enough to make contact with his skin anyway.there are muzzles that are large that the dog can pant.supposedly drink and eat although it would be difficult in my opinion. i bought one for my dog when we have people over. she is tied out of the way but some "people" are dumb and try to go up and pet her even when i say not too. so i wont get sued if she tries to nip because she has the muzzle on. so far its a work in progress to get her used to it. you cant just hook it on and leave it. please dont use a shock collar if it doesnt work correctly... shocking the dog randomly is cruel.
Her boyfriend might take a job an hour away. I don’t know if she will go with him and take the job. At least my parents are on the same page that the dog will not be welcome living here if she decides to try and leave him here. The milker is the new one.My dad mounted it to a small metal cart so it can wheel around. I am hoping that by the end of this weekend it will be in the basement if my milking room gets finished. I realized yesterday that there is a mouse problem in the basement. There’s mouse poop and the place smells like mouse urine. You can tell there’s a ton of mice.I’m with Sfwife, I would have already shot that dog and claimed I had no idea where it went to. Biting any of the livestock around here is a no let alone a person that lives there (strangers are free to go after). But I understand that might not be something you can do. So I would get the meanest hot fence charger you could find and set up around your goats and your stuff. Let him take that on and see how cute it is. Don’t muzzle him! If he has already bit you for doing nothing trying to get a muzzle on him is probably going to set him over the edge and I would rather not read how you got your face ripped off.
Let your sister know that if he bites you or ends up getting into your goats you WILL report him. Don’t argue with her. If she gets jerkish about it just tell her I’m not going to argue just giving you a heads up and walk away. Depending on how your state deals with aggressive dogs that could end up being a huge fine for your sister.
Your parents are adults and making their own choice. You did right by your mom and brought up what might happen and now it is up to her to either listen or deal with the fall out when it happens. As hard as it is just sit back.
I am SO sorry you are having to deal with this. This is such a tough situation and you are not in the wrong. I don’t see that dog lasting very long so just do what you can to protect you and your stuff.
As for the Milker, do you have the new set up where it’s like a dolly? Or the older set up? If the older one get a tote and put it in. If the new one, well I don’t have that but try and think of something you could put it in to keep it safe.
I do dream of that but don’t have the money for that! I loved the idea of a family homestead, but the reality is that it comes with a lot of stress. When people argue about helping and say it’s not their responsibility to help, the work load piles up and feels like a burden. No one else feeds the goats because they can’t understand what to feed them or how much. That’s not a problem with me but for some reason that’s my fault. I try to show them. I write it down. I’ve come to not trust anyone else to feed them properly. My dad sometimes helps me bring them to the house to milk them and he will clean the machine for me if he has time. I’m very grateful for that. My mom helped me make a giant batch of scrambled eggs for all the birds today. That was nice of her. I needed that. My sister’s boyfriend is offering to help clean the basement with me. If my family can come together to help each other do things, chores and projects will be so much easier. We haven’t canned a thing from the gardens because each one of us avoids the responsibility. I’ve suggested making it a fun family night. I believe doing things together helps build trust and opens up conversations. My dad saw my sister’s dog’s behavior yesterday while he went with me to help me feed the goats. The goats spill a bit of feed when they eat, and the dog tries to eat it through the fence. I don’t know why the dog is out, but he just keeps popping up. My mom says it’s cute to see him following me around. It’s NOT fun for me. My dad saw the animal’s posture. I told him how I believe the dog will bite me if I go back to the trough to feed the goats their next scoop of feed. He agreed with my assessment of the dog’s body language. Then the dog snapped at one of the goats through the fence. We got my sister to take him in the house. My dad discussed keeping the dog inside while I am feeding the animals. It might help if I’m not the only “villain” and other people see his behavior.That is a lot to deal with. If you love the property and there’s a lot of acreage, would it be possible to make your own little place there? Have a small, simple house and barn in an area you could fence off and have for just you, your animals, and your things?