My backyard is fenced with a shed in the middle. It covers about an half acre. I have two boxer mixes that are indoor/outdoor dogs. They bark at the neighbor's cows, but have seemed scared of his goats (when he has had them in the past). Both dogs are okay with the cats and the indoor ferret. They chase one of the chickens that went into the backyard and ripped a flap of skin open (after a large vet bill the chicken lived and did great for years). They are chasers and barkers, but neither is very brave. A friend has offered me a milk goat. She is about a year old and has just been freshened for the first time. There may be two available. I think they are nubian cross. My question is can I run the goat in the backyard with the dogs after a "getting to know you" period? i had thought to temporary fence the back half of the backyard and put the goat back there so they can see each other through the fence. After they get acquainted they could all use the back yard together. Would this work? Option B is to fence a 2000+ sf chicken pen and put chickens and goat in there together. I'd have to add a shed to the chicken coop I have planned, but adding a lean to wouldn't be that hard. What do you goat owners think?