For 3 years I've been dealing with the neighborhood strays & neighborhood dogs which roam freely. And this year, when i got chickens, i decided we needed aNOTHER dog to keep away the predators & neighborhood dogs... so we got "Boy" a 75lb pyranese mix. Another rescue dog I found wandering with twine around his neck & all the normal bad stuff you would find in malnourished abused dog. Anyway.. he's home now, neutered & up to date, safe, sound & getting healthy and i want to train him to stick around here. For the 1st week he stayed on our porch either crated or on a leash, it's week two and I've been letting him roam during the day while we build the hen house.. calling him back every 30 min or so & rewarding him. We have 3 other dogs, but they are smaller & don't jump our wimpy 4' fence, however Boy finds jumping the fence slightly entertaining! So.. we have only about a half acre to fence in here in the front of our house, which I hope should be enough for him to roam & patrol, and I need to keep him contained. While the neighbors dogs roam freely (unneutered, unvaccinated & dangerous), I still feel it's wrong to let ours do so. I mean, none of the neighbors have chickens or livestock in danger, or even children or stray cats for that matter, but I would just feel better if I knew where he was all the time. So.. what's your experience with keep dogs IN the boundaries... I refuse to chain dogs, there is never a lead long enough or space where he can't get tangled in trees. And the alternative, letting him roam is totally free of course, so I need a happy medium. What have you used, how did you train, what do you do?