We adopted 2 dogs from a rescue. The owner passed away suddenly. The rescue organization know that we were looking for farm dogs, wither guard dogs or herding dogs. They are great with our guinea pigs, they look but don't touch, they pass them when they are on the floor. We didn't test if they would run after them if they started running. Now the chickens are hatching and I want them to leave the chicks alone too. As far as I can see they are not playing with squeaky toys so little furry things making sounds are probably not an issue. My question is in the subject line. Can we trust that they are herding dogs so won't hurt the farm animals? I don't want to test them with little chickens but I am thinking we will let them sniff like we did with the piglets and talk through to keep it relaxed and low key. It is important now until we get a real guard dog. One of them likes to stay outside and she will probably spend most time outside once the weather warms up and she is spayed because she is always too hot inside and asks to go outside. If anyone has any input I would appreciate it.