I take my dog with me when I go to the barn most of the time, unless I am coming from class and not home. However, he is kenneled when we are working with the horses or anytime the focus is not on him. I do let him out to do some water retrieve training at the pond, or to play, but he is always supervised when he is out at the farm.
Here, where I live, it is legal to shoot to kill any animal, including dogs or cats, that has entered an enclosure (pen, cage, pasture, etc) that is threatening livestock. But you better have some type of proof that the animal was on your property, a picture, video, dead chickens, etc. Or the owners could sue, guess it is the way the law is written.
I knew a farmer who had laying houses, neighbors dog got into his houses and killed some chickens. He sued for the dead chickens and the loss he took in the amount of eggs because the dog had stressed the chickens. And won his case.
Yesterday a dog from across the highway wandered over. No biggy. Except, my colt doesn't tolerate being nipped at. Got my healer once. Now the healer knows. Anyway, 5lbs lil terrier thing goes straight to the pasture! Barkin and jumping. I come around the barn and there's my colt head down stalking the dog! I hollared my boys name and he picked up n trotted off. Dog comes n runs up to me. Catch it, momma comes runnin to get it. So worried about it getting hit by a car! I told her she had bigger problems lol. He's cool with dogs as long as they are calm. Posted via Mobile Device
My dogs are moderately nervous around the horses. I've never let them off leash, but even then, they seem to think the horses just standing in their stalls are plenty scary enough to be avoided. If they ran though, that might be another matter and having a horse go through a fence or my dog kicked are both things that are pretty simple to avoid. The dogs stay home if I am doing anything at the barn other than dropping something off, and even then it's in, out and on lead (and on our way) 100% of the time.
Livestock owners are well within their moral (and typically legal) rights to shoot any animal that is worrying their livestock on their property. Even if it was my dog that got shot, it's my fault my dog was in a position to cause trouble. End of story.
I have a 2 year old dane that is new to life on the farm as we just bought our place. At first he did great with all the animals until one day he killed one of our chickens....This was the point at which he got strict electroshock therapy, lol anytime he harrassed our animals. He used to chase our female goat and would actually try to bite her!!! I am pleased to report though after being zapped with a shock collar turned on high he has learned his lesson...Thought I'd also report that as I sit here and type this my cat is on the good type of chase....He just caught a mouse, lol!!!
Any dog that comes on my property and chases animals usually gets shot. I have my lab is the only dog iv ever had that ever chased any animals which he did when he was younger but he knows better now. My pit bulls are fine with the animals, but they are much calmer then the lab. I believe any dog can be rehabilitated to live around animals they just need a lot of time most people don't want to dedicate.
I always keep my dog in the car unless its alright to bring him out, he is a service dog so he goes everywhere with me, but if im at someones house I don't know if its alright he stays in the car. Especially if there are kids, because he is 110lbs and tends to scare them.