Hi, I'm new to this forum, I found it very helpful while researching dog training. I found some great info, but I need to have my question answered so I can print out the answers from experienced dog trainers/people who have successfully trained their dogs to be competent chicken guarders so I CAN PRINT IT OUT AND GIVE IT TO MY PARENTS. Here is the story- My family owns a small farm and we have about 150 chickens, and have been having CONSTANT predator problems, we have lost several chickens in 24 hrs some days. My Mom decided she wanted to adopt a puppy to train as a flock protector- preferably a breed that had the potential to be trained into a guard dog. We decided on a Rottweiler/shepard mix- 12 weeks old- which is coming this Friday. This is urgent, as we are getting the dog Friday and training starts immediately. My parents are TERRIBLE at training dogs, this is not the first time they have tried and failed to train a guard dog- the previous attempts I was too young to intervene/or not willing or capable/mature enough, now I want to be fully responsible for training the dog because I know I can do it- I have been researching like crazy, and rented tons of books from the library on training. But I would really like some advice/instruction from people on this forum with more expertise then I have. I want this dog to have a good start, to be trained so it will have a good life on the farm. The other dogs we owned were adopted out because my parents didn't train them properly and the dogs couldn't mesh with the farm/animals. I do not want this to happen again. I would say my parents are clueless about what it takes to truly train a dog, ESPECIALLY my step-dad, I would say he is so backwards in his ideas he will damage the dog beyond repair if he gets his way. This is why i'm urgently PLEAING for advice from experienced dog owners on this forum, so I can print out your advice and give it to my parents so they will let me train the dog. My Mom mostly agrees with me I think, but my Step-dad is arrogant about his own beliefs, which are not based on reality IMHO. I have told my parents OVER AND OVER again training the dog will take months before it can be around the chickens. MONTHS. I told them I want to do 90% of the training. We want to train the dog to be around the chickens from a young age, and to eventually spend a lot of time with the chickens monitoring predators/keeping them out. In the summer, we will keep the dog outside a lot of the time with the chickens. It will be a working dog. BUT this is where I also come in- I want the dog to be a working dog and also a good pet/family dog. I want it socialized, trained to be obedient, trained to be around people, etc. I understand Rottweilers/shepards can get aggressive and dangerous if they're not socialized properly. I want this dog to be my pet as well as a working dog! Here is the big problem- My idiot Step-father is convinced that the dog SHOULD NOT BE SOCIALIZED WITH PEOPLE, and that IT SHOULD NEVER LEAVE THE FARM. He thinks that by doing this the dog will want/learn to 'stay' on the farm, and will be a good guard dog- that he will 'understand' that the farm is suppose to be his territory to guard.... what!!!?? He has no basis for this assumption, he simply makes this up in his head. He thinks if the dog is socialized, and if the dog leaves the farm (to go hiking with me, to the park, etc) the dog will not be a good guard dog. I am literally crying right now, because my Step-father is so wrong, he has been insisting on this for several days now in spite of my research that has stated that IS THE WORST THING TO DO with a Rottweiler. I am hoping someone on this forum will write a brief/detailed/long counter-argument to my Step-father so I can give it to him in order to be able to train this dog properly. I would also be grateful if someone could describe the consequences of not socializing a dog properly, and why my step father is wrong in assuming this will result in a effective guard dog. PLEASE HELP ME! I do not want my step father to ruin this dog! We had a Great Pyrenese before this dog, and it was an untrained beast. A nice dog, but completely ruined by my Step-father. I will be eternally grateful if someone writes a counter argument to my step father, with rational reasoning based on experience/reality. I will also print out previous posts about training guard dogs. THANK YOU SO MUCH! I'm anxiously awaiting replies, i'm very upset right now after the conversation I just had with my parents.