thomas rubino wrote:
Plain cheap dryer sheets placed where the mice go , supposedly will drive them off quickly! The down side of course... is the smell... drive me off quickly as well.
Give it a try if you can and let us know.
Curt Hettman wrote:LGD are supposed to stay put if they don't then they are not trained well enough and you have a pet.
Training and bonding with the specific type of animal they are to protect is needed. They are not supposed to be your buddy when you are out doing chores they are supposed to live eat and sleep with their animal full time.
In the end not all dogs can be a LGD, even if it is from good lines. Try again and buy from a good breeder that can prove that thier dogs are doing thier jobs. Yes you will pay but look at it as how much you will save in lost animals and frustration.
Thomas Dean wrote:
John Weiland wrote:A timely bumping of this thread. My wife is installing the invisible fence system for our LGD's. The property is already lined with cattle panels (4' tall) with an extra line of electric across the top of the posts. This works well for much of the year, but we already had that one good blizzard that has buried about 1/3 of the fencing under 6 - 8 ft drifting. Dogs merrily run across the top of the drifts to the areas that are unprotected....and then wander at will. Being in the land of 'shoot, shovel, and silence', it would not be surprising to have them disappear for good under these circumstances. So the invisible fence will be activated for the first time this weekend (wire is just running over the snow around the perimeter of the property). The collar prongs should be fine with 2 of the 3 dogs; -- the third one has a pretty thick coat and we will have to see how that goes, especially since he is more the leader of the wandering behavior. Not a desired solution, but possibly a necessary one.
My wife has huskies. To save money, the back of their kennel is hog or calf panels, 2 high. The rest of the kennel is 2nd-hand chain-link kennel sections, which the huskies do sometimes chew through (or get close to, so I have to reinforce). The hog panels might not work for smaller dogs - the huskies can fit their heads through. But the huskies total enclosure is only 30' by 60'. Each has a 10'x10' "home" kennel that they eat in an are confined to at night, during the day, all doors are opened up and they go into the main run and each other's "homes" as desired. "home" kennels are cement on bottom, rest of the enclosure is dirt with rocks along the fence (periodically need to adjust rocks to account for digging)
The LGD is SUPPOSED to keep coyotes out, but he would rather chase deer. We also live in "Shoot, shovel, shut up" land, and neighbor kindly brought him back last year the day before deer season with a reminder that he doesn't generally bring them home twice. So... we're in a bind with what to do with him. He's got a chain at night and spends much of the day with the huskies... but he can't really do his job there. We can't really fence the property - we have 8 acres, but he's suppose to guard our livestock on the leased property - so like a total of 40 acres. We've thought about looking into GPS based shock collars, but we have a shock training collar that works fine when he's not on the chase, but doesn't stop him when he sees a deer. We're not really sure it would work. I try to have him out with me when I do chores, but he still runs off sometimes. Not sure I'll get a LGD again in the future.