German Shepherd Dog > Chaos out on the farm! (77 replies)
Chaos out on the farm!
by Shepherd Woman on 15 May 2011 - 01:21
|Chaos is really enjoying living on the farm. He's now an outdoor/indoor GSD. Equipped with a underground fence, he lives in a 30 x 40 foot polebarn with his come and go as he pleases doggy door! We will be building our house on the property in the next year. We have tried bringing him back to the apartment for over nighters and he absolutely hates being inside now. I never would have thought it!!!! He's king sh*t on the farm and that's the way he likes it. He's got a nice big pond to swim in and watches the wild life 24/7. Bobbys' brother calls him Sir Barks A Lot! He barks at the dark all night long, lol and then sleeps during the day.... The deer come in herds and stand there 100 yards away from him and he only sits and stares at them. Never barks and never chases. Gotta love that. Any way, he's doing great. He just turned 5 years old on May 8th. We also just got him nuetered 3 days ago. Bobby didn't want him going after any of the female coyote around the farm!|
by Nans gsd on 15 May 2011 - 01:35
|WOW: It's a dog's life. He's got you trained. Nan|
by Slamdunc on 15 May 2011 - 02:28
|He just turned 5 years old on May 8th. We also just got him nuetered 3 days ago. Bobby didn't want him going after any of the female coyote around the farm!|
Neutering a five year old dog will make it stop going after any of the female coyotes around the farm??????? Really, do you think so? I didn't know that neutering also took away the dog's olfactory senses.
by jmopaso on 15 May 2011 - 02:44
|Well, he won't be able to manufacture any coy-dogs, so i'd say that is a plus.|
by GSDNewbie on 15 May 2011 - 03:06
|Am I understanding that this dog is being left on a farm no one lives on to stay alone with just an under ground fence? Any caretakers or anything?|
by Shepherd Woman on 15 May 2011 - 04:02
GSDNewbie, no he wasn't left behind with no supervision, lol. I would never do that to my dog! Bobbys' dads' house is right there and they can see what he's doing at all times. We go see him every day and spend plenty of time with him. He is doing wonderfully with his underground fencing system. When we are there each day, the collar comes off and he roams free with us where ever we go. So no, he is not left alone with out a care giver. He has 3 huge bowls of water that are checked every day to make sure that he always has something to drink. And he has 3 bowls of food filled full time, but he isn't a big eater at all. He's just fine though. No worries.
by Jacko on 15 May 2011 - 06:08
|Am I understanding that this dog is being left on a farm no one lives on to stay alone with just an under ground fence? Any caretakers or anything? |
Wow we get concerned about this while people are breeding untitled dogs........
oops wrong thread.....
by dogshome9 on 15 May 2011 - 09:41
|Is he left out there as a watch dog? Is he a pet? If so why leave him out there?|
I live in a rural area and I am constantly confused about the so called caring owners of dogs who leave them at the farm during the week (with plenty of food and water so they say) and then only return the following weeknd to tend to them and their other stock again.
Why have a dog at all?
by Sunsilver on 15 May 2011 - 12:12
|Why judge when you don't have all facts?? And obviously didn't THOROUGHLY read the owner's post? |
He is NOT alone, and SW visits him every day after work. The only difference between Chaos and your average dog that belongs to a couple who works full time is that Chaos is free to run around outside if he wishes (with in the area of the dog fence). One concern with these fences is that another dog may come onto the property and attack him, but SW's father-in-law also lives on the property, and can step in to help if this happens.
BTW, Chaos does have quite a few titles, through the Continental Kennel Club. He's not 'just a pet'.
by dogshome9 on 15 May 2011 - 12:49
|My appologies, becoming grumpy in my old age and the cold of winter I have reread the OP, it sound likeChaos will have full time company in the near future.|
The area where I live there are many Weekend farmers who live in the city and leave their dogs on the farm to guard and watch over the stock and fend for themselves all week, they only return to check the stock and dogs at the weekends.
by Shepherd Woman on 15 May 2011 - 14:32
Thanks Sunsilver : - ) Actually though, its United Kennel Club that Chaos use to show in and compete in. We call it the farm but there are no other animals on it, just a house right now and 2 barns. Soon to be our house too. Chaos is living the life of a dog and loving every minute of it. I have never seen him as happy as he has been over the past almost a year. I was scared to death to not be supervising him full time, but I am glad that I decided to do what we did. He hates apartment life. He's got all the room in the world now to be a happy dog. And yes, he does have food and water full time. If we can't get over there for a day, we make sure that either Bobbys' brother or dad check on him to make sure all is ok. They can see him from the house any time they look out, so that's also good.
by SitasMom on 15 May 2011 - 22:37
|Good looking dog - and happy too.....|
by Shepherd Woman on 15 May 2011 - 23:06
|Thanks and that he is, very happy. He has been trimmed down for summer as his hair grew a lot for winter. He did awesome his first winter on the farm. Loves the snow. Bobbys' brother and dad said that they would look out to see him rolling around in the snow a lot making dog snow angels, lol. His favorite season is winter I think.|
by Jenni78 on 16 May 2011 - 01:41
|I would never, ever, leave a lone dog where coyotes could get near him. Females will lure him to a pack of others that could tear him to pieces. It happens all the time here.|
by Chaz Reinhold on 16 May 2011 - 01:50
by GSDNewbie on 16 May 2011 - 03:37
|I could not, would not do this to my gsds. This is a working breed that is partnered to humans and not a gaurdian breed that keeps care of livestock alone on its own happy in solitary life because it feels its charges are its family so it still has its companionship needs met. If you are going to do this to your dog at least consider a large kennel that will protect him from wild dogs, coyotes, Big cats, Getting in a tussel with other feral possibles that stray onto farmlands such as wild boar and even idiot two legged trespassers. Someone being able to see him from their home and can go toss him some food if you find you cant get out there IMO is not fit for a gsd who was bred to be close to their family.|
There is a reason our breed does not do well when sold to pet owners that either chain them up outside or throw them out in the backyard privacy fence. It is not the confinment it is the lack of their human partners that makes them nuts and also creates behavior malformities over time.
by troublelinx on 16 May 2011 - 11:07
|Never trust a big but and a smile|
by Shepherd Woman on 16 May 2011 - 12:22
|lol troublelinx : - )|
GSDNewbie and the rest that didnt read my entire post to the ene apparently, lol. Chaos is not out there alone. Bobbys' dad and brother see him every minute of the day when he is not sleeping in the barn. They see him come and go out of his doggy door. They see him play in the yard, dig his holes or what ever it is he decides to do. We are only 15 minutes away from him ourselves. We see him every single day before or after work, since we work different times. We WILL be building our house right there on the property so he will be with us full time. He is not a lonely GSD, lol. Our friends stop and play with him even if we aren't there and they stop by. Chill out people, he is absolutly fine!!! I love my dog more than anything and that is why he is there. He was miserable in the apartment. This is where he wants to be and you can see it on his face when you see him. I have never seen him this happy before in his 5 years. And the coyotes was actually a joke! He's doing wonderfully with his underground fence. He has never crossed the line for anything. Herds of deer come within 100 yards of him and all he does is sit there and watch them. Not one attempt to chase in since he's been out there (Aug) of 2010. Turkeys come within 50 yards and nothing there either. He is so laid back and relaxed out there. I am glad that my dog is happy and could give a crap less what the negative ones think, lol. Thanks for the positive post though peeps.
by GSDNewbie on 16 May 2011 - 15:03
He was fine enough in the apartment while he was showing for you and studding, why is he unhappy in an apartment now after he is retired at only age 5? Did you add dogs to the home and he is unhappy about it?
In cold weather you will need to make him a separate dog house that is smaller and can help him hold his body heat to himself.
You cannot tell me people that can look out at him will continiue to check on your dog for you every time he barks after the barking all night sleeping all day comments.
It is getting to be coyotes all over the place and you fool yourself at your dogs expense if you think they will not come for him. A group of coyotes still in city limits tried to get my doctors gsd just a couple weeks ago and luckily he was able to get outside the door right off his bedroom where the dog had only gone to relieve itself to save his dog.
If you spend every day at the farm you be the master and make your dog spend nights at home in the aprtment and run all day at the farm being safe. Kids would love to never go to bed and would love to not have restrictions on them but we do so to keep them healthy and safe.
by Nancy on 16 May 2011 - 15:14
|only comment is I had a neutered male tie with a female a full year after the surgery.|
It does not completely take away the desire....just the ability to inseminate.
There may still be the attraction to females in heat.
We have coyotes everwhere now.