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post #1 of 11 Old 01-05-2012, 08:23 PM Thread Starter
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Donkeys n dogs

For the owners of donkeys and dogs:

I would LOVE to get a donkey! They are such easy keepers, and just tons of fun to goof of with! Problem is, we have a Jack Russel Terrier that chased my horse when I first got him. I know that donkeys and dogs don't get along very well...But have any of you made this combination work before? Is there anything I could do to help the donkey to dog introductory go well?
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post #2 of 11 Old 01-05-2012, 08:54 PM
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We have three dogs and a mini donkey, and they're afraid of each other. I've never met a donkey that wasn't super docile. I don't think they'd bother a dog unless the dog bothered them first.

If your dog harasses the horses, he should probably be tied up or fenced in. We had a couple dogs at my old barn almost get killed because they wouldn't leave the horses alone.

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post #3 of 11 Old 01-05-2012, 08:56 PM Thread Starter
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My dog is fine with the horse now. It took her about 2 weeks of getting stepped on and kicked to leave him alone. Trust me, the dog would bother it first.
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We had a donkey and dogs. No problem. Who said they don't get along? Lots of people have donkeys and dogs. Your little Jack Russell might get a surprise though because the donkey will be inclined to chase back! Good thing JRs are smart!
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That's what I'm afraid of..A full out fight between them. I've heard of it happening before between a dog and a donkey. This dog doesn't know her limits.. UGH. lol
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Well, she'll find her limits pretty quick I think. JRs do tend to be rather territorial. So are donkeys. I would suggest to introduce them to each other while both are on leads for the first month. Feel it out, but the dog is quicker than the donkey and if you scold the dog for going after the donkey you could be saving him contact with a hoof.

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Jessabel, my collie cross play with my Standardbred in the paddock! :) It's so much fun to watch. When the collie arrived, he got too close behind the horse while I was riding and found out about hooves, so he was scared for a while. Then one day, the horse was playing and the dog thought, "Gee, that looks like fun!" So he went to play too. Well, the horse didn't know what to think of that! So, she tried to chase the dog away. Didn't work of course. The dog stopped when I called him.

Fast forward a month or so, and the horse and dog were playing again. Then my son called the dog to go for a walk. The horse went to the fence and looked out, "Hey, where are you going? Aren't we playing anymore?"

Now, if one of them stops playing before the other, the playful one chases or barks the "lazy" one until (s)he plays again! Too funny! I love watching them.
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My donkey loves dogs!! Do you want her? <muhahaha>
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post #9 of 11 Old 01-05-2012, 10:07 PM Thread Starter
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NorthernMama: The bad thing about keeping them both on lead ropes and leashes for a month or so together is, I keep my horse at my house, and the dog is an outside dog, so she could easily slip under the fence and chase to her hearts content lol
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Oh well. Introduce them and see what happens, I guess. Maybe you could take your dog to meet a donkey somewhere else first?
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