Tristen Roush wrote: I’m stuck on what to do with my dog, I have tried working with him but he does not seem to stop wanting to terrorize my equines.
Mick Fisch wrote:One of the things I like about permaculture is the concept of 'encouraging the chicken to be a chicken', meaning finding ways an animals instinctual behavior helps you while letting it live a better, more 'chickeny' life. Sadly, there are times when their instinctual behavior is at odds with what you are trying to accomplish, then something has to give. In this case, either give up on equines or get rid of the dog. Giving it away is a good option, if you can. If that doesn't work and you want equines, time for the dog to go to doggy heaven. Do it as quickly and painlessly as possible and move on. We overlook it sometimes, but Mother Nature is a mean mother, with most animals fated to die young and painfully! Death is a normal part of life. All things die. Most natural deaths are a lot worse than a bullet to the head as it's distracted, wolfing down it's favorite treat. Keeping a dog tied up or penned all the time (or a big, active dog in the house all the time) seems like a situation, long term, crueler than shooting it. (I realize I am anthropomorphizing the dogs feelings, but I don't know how else to approach it).