Jordan Czeczuga wrote:Thank you all for the responses. This definitely a challenging time, and one that is extremely hard since it was our dogs that we love.
Has anyone every found another home for their dogs. I just don't want to put them down, and they are loving dogs. They just do not do well with livestock.
Libbie Hawker wrote:
Staffordshire terriers, like pit bulls and associated "bully" breeds, were created specifically to fight and kill other animals. It's my opinion that they shouldn't be kept on the same property as vulnerable animals that might fall prey to them. You didn't know your dog would behave this way--I understand that. And it's a shock to see a trusted pet behave this way, too. But he was doing what is natural for his kind.
Jim Fry wrote:It is my experience that you either have a farm, or you have pets. Farms have animals that are productive and help you make a living and afford farm life. Pets are just nice to have around. On a farm all the animals (and gardens and shops and barns, for that matter) need to do their job. Anything that makes the farm less productive or harder to run, ...needs to go. For me, I don't trust dogs. We have very many visitors here. Dogs scare them. We have lots of babies here: children, lambs, kids, calves, chicks. Dogs (could) eat them. And once they do get a taste for blood, they will never lose it. We keep cats. Visitors like them. The cats do their job. They eat mice and rats, so we don't lose feed, and don't have "food" for snakes. Cats are a win/win. Dogs, not so much.
Don Eggleston wrote:I hope you haven't gotten rid of your dogs yet. I have had remarkable success controlling my wild rescue dog with a "shock collar". There are two settings, the first being just a vibration. I have never had to shock my dog--vibrations alone stop her. Any unwanted behavior can be extinguished in a few minutes. They're only about $30 on Amazon.