Farm Dog Question
Hi. In a month my boyfriend and I are going to be moving to a 200 acre ranch that his parents own. I'm so excited to get out of this apartment and would love to get a couple (since they will probably be living outside I think I should get two) dogs.
My family has always had dogs, but they were raised inside. Most of the stuff I've read on the internet says that a dog will not be well adjusted if it isn't raised inside and allowed to sleep inside with the family. I don't think that this is an option for me though because we are renting the house from my boyfriends parents and they don't want inside dogs.
I read that some of y'all have had happy outdoor farm dogs and my question is how is it done? The dogs would have lots of shelter (both a barn and stable), but my main concern is that the fences are all cattle fences that a dog could easily get through. It there a way to train it to stay on the property?
There are coyotes out there so I want a large breed. I'm partial to labs because that is what I grew up with. We will most likely be getting the dog from the shelter. I'm also unsure about what age dog would be best. I'm not going to get a baby unless I'm allowed to housebreak it inside. If I brought a young dog or an older adult dog home how would it know that the farm is its new home?
Any advice y'all have would be much appreciated.