Originally Posted by chcknluvr
My brothers and sisters are homeschooled by my mom, so there is always someone home during the day. And yes, our main concern is protecting my younger siblings, ranging in age from 3 to 12. We will be much better prepared for another attack, and my brothers and sisters are never outside unless supervised by me or my mom or dad. We considered a gaurd dog, but we fear we would become attached to it and then if it got killed by predators, it would be even worse than losing our chickens. We do have an indoor dog, a boston terrior mix, but he didn't even give us a warning that the dogs were out there. If my dad hadn't looked out the window when he did, we could have lost all our chickens. We will be watching for the dogs to come back.
Good because they will. It is hard to loose a dog to an attack (I never did we were taught young that if we saw a dog fight to run for the house. As soon as we did our dog always took off and got away. Perhaps not what some were looking for but it is exactly what my parents wanted.)
As long as there is always an adult to watch, or if you can surround your property with a fence, then a guard animal is perhaps not nessisary. But I never stayed behind a fence growing up, and my children do not either, I do not want them too.
Once you have wild dogs, or any predator, they will come back until they are eliminated or their food source is. I know people hate the thought of killing an animal, but wild dogs are a serious threat.