I did add two pyr mix puppies to my pack and they seem to be settling in well. I'm hoping they do a good job of keeping the predators down. They are 6 months and grew up on a working farm with birds. So far the girl is great the boy won't come near me or the kids. He just runs if I get close. I had a hard time getting him out of the car he was very scared. Not something I have ever seen before with a dog but her comes up to the pens and house every night to eat and check things out.
Anyone have any ideas on how to make this scared dog like me?
I've worked my but off in my garden putting in plants and weeding (a never ending job) my kids have been helping so much it's nice to spend time out with them.
Anyone let the chickens free range the garden? I'm wondering if this works?
The chickens will do a great job of eating the weeds and bugs. They'll also eat all the veggies you are trying to grow. And they don't wait until they're mature either. They like a green tomato just fine. In other words.....nope, chickens and gardens don't mix well. I have a fence around my veggie garden and I'll throw things over the fence to them but they are definitely not allowed in.
What are the pups mixed with? As for getting him used to you, just give him time and don't try to force it. If you back him in a corner and force him to be handled, he'll only become more scared. Instead, ignore him, which will help him to feel more secure and less threatened. Move slowly and carefully, don't try to make eye contact and don't try to handle him. Let him come to you and even then, don't reach to touch him. Let him sniff you all over and then let him walk away. Do this over and over, never trying to interact with him. Eventually he will trust you but it will take time and patience.
My younger LGD was raised by a breeder who believes in complete hands off. The pups are born with the sheep and he never handles them, except to give them puppy shots. When I got her at 3 months, there was no way I could catch her and pick her up. I did what I mentioned above. I'd take my Kindle out and sit in a lawn chair and read and totally ignore her. By letting her approach me on her terms, she gradually became less shy. She is now almost 8 months and has completely forgotten that she was once afraid of me. She runs up to me and throws herself on the ground to get a belly rub, and wherever I am, she wants to be close and be loved on.