We recently adopted a 5 year old GSD, we’ve had him 3 weeks. He chases our horses, what can we do? Would an invisible fence work to contain him?
Dear Ed and Cindy,
We live have a german shepherd dog who is five years old. We have had him three weeks. He is a super dog, intelligent sweet natured and obedient. A friend of mine asked me to rescue him as his family were divorced and had dumped him with mother/ mother in law who was disabled. He spent his days in a tiny garden as she was unable to walk him.
The only problem I have is that he does chase the horses and then he gets so excited that he doesn?t hear what you say. I feel that with a lot of attention and a distance collar I might get this under control, but will this make him safe if someone accidentally leaves a door open?
If due to his age he will not become horse reliable, may be I need to limit him to an area of the property where the horse don?t go. I have heard of invisible fencing. How secure is it? I have had dogs all my life but I have always brought them up from puppy, so I have never encountered this problem.
Regardless of how well the training goes, I would never trust this dog around horses unsupervised. I would have a secure PHYSICAL enclosure for him, I would not trust an invisible fence for something so dangerous. A horse can kill a dog very easily, or a dog can scare a horse so badly they injure themselves. It’s better to keep this interaction supervised at all times.