A working dog is quite different from a pet. Working dogs need to do their job or their temperament suffers. Can you transform a pet into a working dog? What are your expectations for your animals on your homestead?
Jenna describes in beautiful, horrible detail the trauma she suffered when one of her rabbits was injured by her dog and how she had to steel herself to put the rabbit out of its agony. Sometime farm work is brutally cruel. Is it wrong to give up when the unexpected tragedy happens?
Here is a picture of Polyface’s working dog, Michael. He is an Akbash Anatolian Shepherd. Ferocious to wild animals and loving to people. Smarter than a Great Pyrenese, he was raised as a puppy with the chickens and has learned to guard them.
We have found that males are less aggressive than females so they do better with chickens. We had a female guard dog, but she just ate the chickens. Not a good thing when your guard eats a snack between meals. gulp!