Lots of GREAT tips and suggestions. Some make me sad...the idea of NEVER letting her off the leash around the minis. I *really hope it doesn't come to that. I have a fenced acre (that includes house, pool/patio/barn and paddocks, etc) and the whole point is that all my animals can run free together. Some of you have "real" farms where you can keep the animals separate. I have a "fake suburban farm" LOL.
This dog is 2 years old, so I feel she is still trainable (I am no expert, tho) and she is only 40 lbs (I think she looks bigger in that picture.)
smrobs-what a sad story about that dog, and that is exactly what I am trying to avoid. And I totally know what you mean about the "prey drive." When I first introduced this dog to my chihuahua, the dog was not aggressive, BUT, when my chi acted like prey (basically running away) that set the new dog into a frenzy. My chi *acts* like prey around other dogs, it is so frustrating! I will say that now there is NO problem, they just had to get used to each other.
Citrus-this is what I am thinking, too. I have been kind of avoiding it by leaving the dog inside when I am feeding or taking minis from the paddocks to the small pasture on the other side of my yard, but I may need to confront this head on.
Chey-yes, a mini donkey that lived behind my friend's house was killed by stray dogs. So awful!
Her name (chosen by my DD, I am not 100% thrilled with it, LOL) is SNOOKI! :)
equinphile-The guy across the street has a GSD. Soooo smart. Same type of thing, he just has to yell certain things to it, and the GSD obeys so wonderfully! I would LOVE to get to that point with my dog!
churum-I will do that if I get desperate! We have a small fenced in chain link fence area that I let the dogs out in the morning. I can't relax 100%, though, because I have seen this dog try to dig under, and I know she could scale the fence if she wanted to. My neighbor told me he made his chainlink fence electric for about a month and even tho it is no longer electric, his dog will NEVER try to get out now. I thought that was pretty smart and may try it.
coffeeaddict (I am sipping my coffee right now, BTW, mmmm!)-We are signed up for a 6 week obedience training class which starts in Jan...I am REALLY looking forward to it. This dog absolutely knows "sit", "paw", "down" and "roll over" BUT...certainly not if she is overly excited! She forgets all those commands.
Twice she has darted out of the house when a door has been left open and TORE OFF. I mean, I really thought she was gone forever. Especially because she is black and she got out at night, I thought a car would hit her. We kind of think she has greyhound in her...you should see her RUN! No amount of calling her name and shouting "sit" would help. That is why I CANNOT let her go with my minis...like you said, I have no control over her at the moment unless she is on the leash. I am hoping that the training will help that. I want to be able to walk down the driveway and check the mail with her at my side with no leash...but I feel we are VERY far from that right now.
fly-Oh, I love Belgian Mals!!! Good, smart dogs also.
You guys are so helpful. Thanks! I will keep you updated.