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post #1 of 17 Old 10-23-2013, 05:31 PM Thread Starter
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Need something that will deter a dog

I have a calf and now a foal and I want to get something that will keep dogs out of my pasture. I woke up to two dogs going after the first foal I had and luckily was there to save him. I'm told female donkeys are good, and llamas, but I'd hate to bring something home and have it sit idly by while my critters get eaten. I'm open to any suggestions as far as species, it will share 12 acres with a few horses, a few cows, and two ponies. Also if anyone knows the difference in upkeep cost forllamas vs donkeys (or other dog hating stock) or your experience with either please share!
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post #2 of 17 Old 10-23-2013, 05:48 PM
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Donkeys that are bred specifically as guards will be your best bet for protecting the foals. A big dog of your own would also work.

Why are you not looking for these dogs owners, reporting them to animal control if they will not take action or doing something to keep them off your property all together?
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post #3 of 17 Old 10-23-2013, 05:56 PM
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People around here use donkeys or llamas for the coyotes. They both do get terribly mean with pasture invaders.
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post #4 of 17 Old 10-23-2013, 05:57 PM Thread Starter
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Oh, I didn't realize people bred donkeys just for that! I'll know what to ask for then I guess.

One dog I beat off with a shovel and the other my dog fought off but not before they killed my goats and bit into the back of my foals neck. This was in June and I drove the neighborhood to see if I spotted the same dogs in pens or in a yard and I did report it to animal control but they didn't do anything. I haven't seen the dogs since but I just want to be sure as I now live further from the property and not directly on it.
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post #5 of 17 Old 10-23-2013, 06:03 PM
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My mini donkey is out with my mini horses and she won't tolerate dogs in the pasture. She has even gone after my dog that she is quite familiar with.
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post #6 of 17 Old 10-23-2013, 06:49 PM
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Mules, donkeys, llamas. EXCELLENT guard animals.
I turn my mare out with everyone for this purpose - She's mean to animals threatening her herd. If it wasn't for her I would get one of the above options
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Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #7 of 17 Old 10-23-2013, 07:04 PM
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Remember, though, that donkeys and such require care as well- so farrier, vet, feed bills- but are supposed to be good guard animals. There are also dog breeds that are bred specificlly for livestock protection, but as a general rule they need to be raised with the herd. They have their own associated costs, and aren't a quick fix. Guard donkeys (at least here) are often found that are free to whoever wants them and can haul them off.

If it's just these 2 dogs, I would set traps for them with bait. (live traps, not poison as it's illegal most areas and 2) not a good idea with other animals) Catch them and then do as you please. Around here, we get the small, occasional feral pack of domestic dogs that raise complete hell. Even though I love dogs, and I rescue, I won't hesitate to shoot any animal that is attacking mine on my property. My dog works well for chasing off nuisance animals (he's a 90lb catahoula) including dogs, coyotes, raccoons, hogs, etc.
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post #8 of 17 Old 10-23-2013, 07:07 PM
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I would get a gun any dog that is going after livestock can be shot
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post #9 of 17 Old 10-23-2013, 07:10 PM
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That's true. A quicker fix to this is catch them on your property and shoot.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #10 of 17 Old 10-23-2013, 07:46 PM
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I would get a gun any dog that is going after livestock can be shot
That's what I was thinking too. Make sure this is the law in your area, too, but my understanding is that you're within your rights to shoot any dogs caught killing/attacking livestock in most places.
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