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    Puts you right between a rock and a hard place. I am so sorry.

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    I'm sorry to hear about your situation and I just wanted to say that if you have to rehome them, please look at rescue organisations where the dogs are fostered in someone's home until they find a forever home.

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    Ah that makes sense. I wondered if the new owners would have to be informed - it does seem necessary. I read through the guidelines of the 'run' as well, they have to be fully enclosed. Like you said, not a great life for a dog.

    Is there a certain date they have to be gone by? Mollinator has a great suggestion, if they can be temporary rehomed it might take a bit of pressure off.

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    KerrieK_99

    These guys do GSD rescue and might be able to help.
    German Shepherd Rescue - German Shepherd Rescue Australia

    I would also contact your dogs' original breeder and ask them for advice and help.

    If my dog barks at something, I assume that's a warning that she's interested in chasing it. She often barks at animals in the hope of making them run, so she can chase them, but she also barks at anything that seems strange to her. And so far she's never chomped hard on these things but I'm not planning on giving her the opportunity either.

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    I am so sorry Kerry. What a horrible, sad situation for everyone involved.

    Good luck finding your dogs new forever homes. You are doing the right thing for them.

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    Yes it is a bad situation and I really feel for you, such a hard way to learn.

    I live on a small farm and my neighbours all have big commercial flocks of sheep and I have a small one.

    I have 6 dogs, 3 of them are my sheep dogs and the other 3 are not suitable for stock work. One of my cattle dogs would definitely attack sheep given the chance, she has an extremely high prey drive and although totally non aggressive to other dogs and people, is potentially aggressive to sheep.

    When I go out she is securely locked in my house, even when I am gone all day. Windows closed and absolutely no way out.

    I secured my verandah and patio with pool fencing and chicken wire to the roof and a padlocked gate at not great expense which is where I leave the others. I do leave one in the fenced garden because she is totally trustworthy. The others can jump a 6 foot fence with no problem, hence the chicken wire to the roof.

    My sheepdogs are not aggressive but love working stock and if they got out would round sheep up and work them.

    I think that the majority of dogs on farms need to be securely contained to the point where there is 100% no way they can get out.

    Jucealala - on the matter of sheep provoking dogs - there is absolutely no way in this world that sheep would provoke a dog other than being a sheep and running from danger.

    I hope you find a good home for them well away from the temptation of sheep.

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    Kerrie;

    So, so horribly sorry for your situation.... But, please, before you do anything, give Steve Courtney at K9Pro a call- website wwwk9pro.com.au
    Steve is the forum's trainer, but also highly experienced with helping people facing Dangerous Dog labels. You can't lose by calling... But you just might improve your outlook.

    ETA: Steve's phone number (02) 8003 5359. This is a service he advertises and encourages folks to call.

    Best of luck, Kerrie
    Last edited by Villain & Flirtt; 03-12-2011 at 02:37 AM.

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    You have made the right decision Kerriek, and learnt a very hard lesson so sorry for you and your dogs, it is lucky that your neibhour is willing to let things go as he is for he could cause a lot of trouble and get you rather large fines even for a first offence if he choose to.
    Good luck in getting your fence, it will give you peace of mind in future when you do and be well worth it in the long run.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jucealala View Post
    I read through the guidelines of the 'run' as well, they have to be fully enclosed. Like you said, not a great life for a dog.
    If you live surrounded by livestock having a fully enclosed run is part and parcel of the deal if you have athletic dogs. The dogs manage just fine. Most working dogs can easily get over a 6 foot fence. I have had one scale a 12 foot cyclone fence.

    If they get plenty of supervised exercise or work they happily chill in their runs or crates. I crate mine in the house at nights and they are in their run during the day when I am not there. When I am home they stay in my fully fenced patio and house with me. I would in no way let them run free on my property during the day even if I was home and had great fences. I could bet they would get over them if they chose. My youngsters can clear my 5 and a half foot super six garden fence with ease! They just spring over the top!

    The other option is to choose a breed of dog that is unlikely to be able to athletically scale or jump massive fences!

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    My pen has a 90 mtr circumference and encompasses huge shady trees and a garden shed that their beds are in. I am just so pleased for the peace of mind now.

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