Aggression to Livestock
by Ronnie Hart
(Water Valley, Texas)
We've only had our dog about two months. She's a young dog less than two years old. We got her from our ranching neighbor and from the very start she was great with our small flock of hair sheep. She would lay amoung them and let the lambs climb all over her. She would even lick and clean the lambs mouths. All was great untill about two weeks ago.The first thing I noticed was our buck came in limping really bad from a front leg. The buck would even fall to the ground and have a hard time regaining its feet( he's better today). Now I'm having problems just calling the sheep in. They stand in a tight group far out with the dog laying between me and the sheep. They now act scared of her and I've got to scold the dog and make her leave the area before the sheep with come in to feed and water.We won't be able to live with this unless someone can help us out. What should and can I do with my new guard dog?
Thank you, from a west Texan new at this.