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    Smile Bella Loves the Cows

    Bella seem's to be obsessed with the cows up the back of our house. Every time she sees them she bolts up the back and runs the fence, the cows will come down for a sniff and she will poke her head out of the fence and say hello.

    Its so funny, although I'm not sure if she want's to play with them or chase them down. I got some pictures this morning where it looks like she is kissing one ! lol I will post them up this afternoon!

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    mmmmmmmm steak

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    Quote Originally Posted by puggerup View Post
    mmmmmmmm steak
    Its probably what she is thinking! You smell like my dinner

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    You might want to do some training to get your dog to ignore cows. I don't know if she just finds them interesting. I'm sure the cows find her interesting - they're silly that way - ie curiosity killed the cow not the cat would be more likely in my experience.

    But you don't want to find out the hard way she wants to play with the cows, gets in the paddock and runs them around until they start collapsing. The owner of these cows would sort that with his rifle. Much better she knows cows are not for dogs except the farmer's dogs and not for eating or chasing.

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    I think she just finds them interesting. She has only ever seen horses before and the goats next door, she gets excited and seems to want to play (does the crazy staffy run).

    When she goes up there I always follow her as part of the fence isn't secure at the moment. But that will be fixed in the next few weeks so she won't be able to go over (can't get through as there is 3 layers of fencing to keep wild dogs out of the yard). In the meantime she spends the day in a dog run and is supervised the rest of the time until she is asleep!

    Anywho how would you train her to not be interested, just treat her for paying attention to you and staying instead of running up to the cows? Harley seems to listen when I call him away, but he is much more obedient than she is... she likes to flout the rules.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jadielee87 View Post
    I think she just finds them interesting. She has only ever seen horses before and the goats next door, she gets excited and seems to want to play (does the crazy staffy run).

    When she goes up there I always follow her as part of the fence isn't secure at the moment. But that will be fixed in the next few weeks so she won't be able to go over (can't get through as there is 3 layers of fencing to keep wild dogs out of the yard). In the meantime she spends the day in a dog run and is supervised the rest of the time until she is asleep!

    Anywho how would you train her to not be interested, just treat her for paying attention to you and staying instead of running up to the cows? Harley seems to listen when I call him away, but he is much more obedient than she is... she likes to flout the rules.

    Exactly. If you use clicker training (marker training) then she can look but then when she looks back at you click and treat, just repeat this.
    It is never bad for your dog to look at something else (cow, bird, other dog, other person) as long as they do not take off to see it. So let them look and when they make the right choice (ie: looking back at you) then click (of if you don't use a clicker use a maker word such as "yes") and give her lots of yummy treats
    Eventually you can add a cue and they can only look when you tell them to "Look"

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    My brother's staffy finds chooks very interesting - but when she gets in with them she plays way too rough for a chook and a lot end up dead. The same can happen to animals not used to running as much as a dog eg cows. They run until they're knackered - literally. Or worse - you get a cow/horse/alpacca that stands up for itself and stomps the dog's head in. I've known a few of those critters too. We used to keep the dogs away and on lead when they were around.

    What K&P said, lots of it with really yummy treats. Me and my dog are working on the local cats at the moment. And if we see horses at the beach she goes on lead and we work "look at that, look at me, yes treat".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Or worse - you get a cow/horse/alpacca that stands up for itself and stomps the dog's head in.
    I grew up on a cattle farming property and this happened to of our staffies (we suspect). The ones on our property were full grown Brahmans though. These ones are only little weaners (not sure on the breed). But still a big no no for her to chase them as I want to one day get one! lol

    I've gotten my clicker out and the cows are on their way back past now. She spotted them before and went to run off so I called her back and she came straight away, clicked and gave her a treat!

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    she came straight away, clicked and gave her a treat
    Excellent work, keep it up.

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