Should Dogs Roam Free on the Farm?

| 5/28/2009 10:44:43 AM

Tags: dogs, pets,

Dogs are a common sight on most rural properties. There are dogs for watching, herding, protecting and just for petting. There are breeds suited to each job — Border Collies for herding, Great Pyrenees for protecting, shepherds for watching and Corgis for petting. Most “farm” dogs are not confined in any way and are able to roam off their own property, occasionally causing havoc along the way.

Do you think that farm dogs should be kept in a kennel, leashed or in the house when not “working”? And does it depend on the breed when making this decision?

Share your thoughts in the comments section below.



7/7/2009 8:13:51 AM

No property is complete without a dog. They are your responsibility like kids so train it, keep it under control, and be considerate of your neighbors. My dog has been trained to an underground fence, (yes I tried it myself to see if the shock was bad), she will kill or chase everything but the deer in restricted area and will not go outside of the fence. She has about 3 acres to protect within 30, she doesn't need to roam the rest of the acreage. If you are not considerate and your dogs chase game on to my property....they eventually will be shot. Good fences make good neighbors.

7/3/2009 11:33:03 AM

I have lived in many places, from crowded Los Angeles to rural Oklahoma. Every place I've lived there has been trouble from dogs roaming free. They are like children, depending on their owners for food, shelter and guidance. When I lived in Los Angeles I jumped, shovel in hand, in front of a pit bull who was charging my 5 year old child. The dog was out for a walk with its owner who was too lazy to keep it on a leash. the dog backed down, the owner said I was crazy. When I lived in Oklahoma it was common to turn out pets when the family couldn't afford them anymore. Packs of feral dogs attacked livestock and children. It was also common for residents to shoot and kill a dog running loose. People who wanted to keep their dogs alive kept them fenced or in a kennel. I know it sounds cruel, but for people who live with rural poverty that small herd of cattle or goats is the difference between survival and starvation. If you choose to keep a pet of any kind, please take responsibility for it. Keep it on your property by whatever means you choose.

Aggie Janicot
7/2/2009 7:39:47 PM

I am frustrated by the neighbor's farm dogs who come onto my mini-farm and annoy my dogs. They will sneak up to the edge of the property, make my dogs angry, then get my dogs to chase them. She can't control her dogs and won't. My dogs on the other hand are carefully watched and trained. They are not allowed to leave my land and are expected to know "sit", "come", "no", "stay" and other basic commands. So far, we've not had any goat or chicken deaths due to dogs/coyotes/etc. and the time I've spent on my dogs has been totally worth it. Now if just everyone else would take time too. Aggie

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