Adopted by Goats
Someone dumped Sweet Pea out on the HWY near a country store last April. We were praying for a dog so we took her home. Well, it is very clear to us why she was dumped. She is a loveable dog and has a great play drive and is high energy. Thankfully she has not hurt any of our animals but loves the chase. We use to let her run free for exercise until she figured out how to get under the goat fence. She really enjoys chasing the goats. We use to have her in the dog kennel but she figured out how to get out. So we started tying her up. Well, after she chewed through several leases we got a plastic coated metal lead to tie her up. Well, this morning she was chasing the goats after having chewed through that plastic coated metal lead. I have been trying to train her but we are still working on sit. Last week I started looking for a trainer who also boards as I am very rural. I have found one trainer an hour away who charges $300 a week. I have a lead on another trainer who is an hour away in a different direction but have not made contact yet. I am just starting to wonder if it is worth putting more money into her (already spent over $200 getting her spayed, etc.). I have goats, chickens, and 2 cats who love to tease her. I am willing to spend the money to get her trained if there is hope of her becoming a good guard dog (she does bark a lot which is good if people on foot from Mexico are trespassing on their way up north). It would be nice to have a dog we can let be free and keep predators (both animal and human) away. We love her as she is so sweet, but she needs to be trained. I would hate to plunk hundreds of dollars into getting her trained and still have to rehome her. You who have more experience with dogs and livestock, how much hope do you think there is for Sweet Pea? Should I spend the money to get her some training or start looking for a nice family with a good back yard and lots of kids to play with her and let them do the obedience training?
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