Last week, my 7-8 m/o puppy Missy and I were going down to the creek and when we got to the gate that led to the creek, Missy saw a baby calf that was laying there. I had NO IDEA this calf was laying there. Well, Missy decides to,very aggressivly,start barking/growling at this calf. The calf stands up and when it does, Missy runs into the fence and starts chasing it while aggressively barking at it. She spooks it so bad, the calf busted out of the fence and went to the fence on the other side of the driveway! The whole time she was doing this, I was practically screaming at her "Missy, No, stop, hush" and I was trying to grab hold of her collar, but she's too fast, and she was being very hateful. Anyway, this was a very bad incident, and it cannot happen again! Missy has been around our cows LOTS OF TIMES in the 5 months that we've had her..this has never happened before. When we first got her, she seemed a little intimidated by the cows, and I gradually started getting her around them more and more, so she would be used to them. Well, today, Missy was in the backyard and was near a gate that leads to the back field...and there was two baby calves standing there at the gate. All of a sudden, she starts barking at them! Thank goodness I got there in time to stop her from going under the gate to chase them. But we cannot allow this to happen, at all! She's only a puppy, yes, but we have about 50 cattle on our farm, and this just shouldn't happen, you know? Is there anything I can do (since she doesn't listen to my screaming "No, Hush") to stop her from barking/chasing these calves? Any advice would be much appreciated!
You answered my question with your statements before I could ask... so it's the baby calves.. the small ones... that she is probably confusing them as being big dogs! Ofcourse the other cows are BIG and to her they are nothing for her to play with. I would suggest for you to hold on her on a firm leash and introduce her/ socialize her with a calf... a baby... let her know they are not her piers..not a dog... she will learn.. she is just confused..due to the size etc... Maybe obedience schooling would be go... so she really will respond to the ONE WORD.. HEAL ..STAY More than one word at a time confuses them. I know you meant well...but she needs training... THEN mingling in with the cows and calfs. Seek a trainers advice...only they would know how to accomplish this promptly.
one never scream while she is doing this she thinks you are backing her up. 2 keep her on a leash, 3 introduce her to a calf in a controlled situation. do you use electic fencing? the way i introduced all my dogs on lead one at a time to my horses was i walkup to the fence where naturally the horses were standing petted the horse said horse ,"no barking" and pointed to the fence and said HOT whereever they barked! the dogs think the horses bite them if they bark. everyone that barked i let bump the fence. (lol i touched the fence to it does not hurt that bad at all!!)better that then have them trampled! if you do not have electric fence. a squirt bottle should work just fine keep the pup on a lead. pet and adore the calf ignor the puppy unless she barkes she barks. camly say NO do not scream and squirt her or scruff her and say no look her dead in the eyes. always go to the dog calmly scruff her and look dead in her eyes NO firmly. absoltly no letting her run free until she respects the animals
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