Okay, this might be an odd question, but I have a child (4 year old) that has autism.
I was thinking about live stock guardian dogs and how they stay with their flock and keep their flocks safe, and I was wondering if anybody thought this could be transferred to children instead of livestock.
My child has no sense of danger, no stranger danger feelings AT ALL, and is apt to run.
Could I use a live stock guardian dog to watch over her while she plays outside in our fenced in yard (it's a short fence- 3ft), to protect her by keeping stray dogs and bad humans away? I of course wouldn't leave her out by herself, but right now I literally have to have my eyes on her at every second because I know that she is so vulnerable.
What about when we go out? I've heard of tethering children with autism to service dogs to keep them from bolting, but would a live stock guardian dog be okay for that, or do they need to stay on their home turf?
Any other breeds I might want to consider? The problem with the typical service dogs is that they are all super friendly breeds (goldens, labs...), and I really need a dog that will not let a stranger abduct my child. She tries to hug and kiss just about every person she meets, within moments of meeting them, so she is vulnerable to something like that, and my biggest fear is that I will turn my head for a moment and she will be gone.
Any ideas, suggestions, comments?