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    02-06-2008, 10:12 AM
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Showing
Dogs and horses

Is there any way to teach dog and horse to behave to each other? My both dogs are unfriendly towards horses, as well as horses are aggressive towards neighbor's dogs and even my old cat, when they visit the field, so I kinda afraid to introduce them.
     
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    02-06-2008, 10:54 AM
  #2
Green Broke
My dog is a herding dog he likes to try and herd the horses. I punish him every single time, because all he does is bite the horses. When they get out of the trailor, when im doing ground work. Its un exceptable. So I make him laydown for 15min everytime. After about a month of that he stopped. From time to time I catch him but for the most part he has stopped. You have to makesure that your dog listenes to you very well orelse you will just be screaming at a brick wall. I find that if my dog doesn't mess with my horses they are fine together.
     
    02-06-2008, 12:16 PM
  #3
Started
My friend has the same problem with her border collies, she has to reprimand them constantly.
     
    02-06-2008, 04:02 PM
  #4
Yearling
I have the same problem...my dog does great on trail rides, but when I do ground work, or anything where my horse is circling, he thinks he has to reprimand the horse. Also, at feeding time, the dogs harass the horses. Therefore, the horses try to stomp the dogs. I can't always reprimand the dogs, so I just prefer putting them up in those situations.
     
    02-06-2008, 06:53 PM
  #5
Yearling
What we did is we taught the barn dogs that when we point and say "Go" they had to move away from us a distance and lie down. So every time they interrupted we would make them go and lie down, and every time they stood up without permission they had to lay down twice as long. One of the dogs ended up falling asleep. After a while he backed off but then Blue, the younger dog, ran up and started biting my horse and chasing him and I cracked the whip at the dog and ran after him chasing him right out of the barn once my horse was clear out of the way. I didn't use the whip on Blue I just acted like I was going to. He minds himself now.
     
    02-06-2008, 07:25 PM
  #6
Trained
Ive often wondered about this. My little tiny dog is fine around the horses until I start riding and then she goes bonkers :) its cute but dangerous

The other two have never been exposed to the horses as I know they would go berko on them but I would like to be able to. Maybe I could try tying them up for a bit so they can be around the horses but not able to harass them??
     
    02-06-2008, 09:33 PM
  #7
Trained
My kelpie has been around my horses since she was a pup. Her natural intincts mean she used to try and round them up, but she would never try and bite. I just let her go, and her and the horses worked out a sort of pecking order. Now I think she sees the horse as an extension of me, and will just follow along about a metre behind. One horse we have is very aggressive toward her, and tries to stomp her, but I found that it actually taught ym dog to keep a safe distance, and by allowing skip ( the dog) to run along with her ignoring her behavour, she has grown accustomed to it and is now fine with dogs.
     
    02-07-2008, 09:38 AM
  #8
Showing
My dog really doesn't mind being around my horse. ;)
He doesn't see her often though lol (my horse is boarded, & I don't usually bring my dog LOL) but yeah we have no problems.
     
    02-07-2008, 12:45 PM
  #9
Foal
The dogs at the barn im at will actually bite their back pasterns and the older ones will stop when ordered to but Blue just ignores you and the horse I lease has nearly ran him over countless numbers of times. I've even watched him get kicked in the head a few times (not by my horse) and he will not let up! I believe that he is just folowing his instincts but when he was younger the owners daughter played games with him in the arena. I think that may be the reason that its such a hard habit for him to break now.
     
    02-07-2008, 02:51 PM
  #10
Yearling
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Originally Posted by catatapult
the dogs at the barn im at will actually bite their back pasterns and the older ones will stop when ordered to but Blue just ignores you and the horse I lease has nearly ran him over countless numbers of times. I've even watched him get kicked in the head a few times (not by my horse) and he will not let up! I believe that he is just folowing his instincts but when he was younger the owners daughter played games with him in the arena. I think that may be the reason that its such a hard habit for him to break now.
Blue is so bad about it because when Blue and Fancy were there, fancy got hit by a car though, anyway when they were the only two dogs besides the Boxers, Nelly taught then to herd the horses and now they think its the most fun thing int he word. Fancy got hit by a car though but Blue is terrible about it.
     

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