If a lab is bred right, it should be able to handle a shotgun unfazed. Any lab that offers to be gun shy should have never been bred to, at the very least. People responsible for making the lab would probably have a little more hardcore view of that particular dog, and possibly everything it was closely related to, in terms of what steps they would have gone to to ensure that it was never bred.LOL well they came back, that's good. I've seen a few have a really hard time with it. I saw a chocolate lab puppy handle it completely unfazed, that was impressive.
Dogs are usually a very good judge of people. If a dog acts like they don't like a particular person, in my experience there is a good reason. My Anatolians will bark to let me know that someone is on the property or coming up the driveway. But, with a few of them they will follow along and growl until they leave.Thanks for asking Wiscto. All is going well.
Valentina is still a VERY serious-minded canine and has definitely decided I'm one of her charges. Perfect example of this is the day I let a "friend" come into my house to help me with computer. Now Valentina had let this person on my place several times before; and even though she would follow with growls, she did let him come on into my house...with my standing between him and Valentina. Now this has always puzzled me because this man has ever been kind and respectful; also Valentina has let other strangers on the place, i.e. the oil man to put oil in the tank as well as the electrician to check the box. She would bark once then just watch...no growls. This one particular day this kind friend came into the house and the entire time he was in here (less than half an hour) Valentina continually circled the trailer looking up at the windows and bark/growl...the entire time. Have no idea as to why; but when the kind man was to leave my trailer, Valentina was ready to pounce and would have if I had not made it a point to be between her and this friend. Now it is quite obvious Valentina did not like this man to be inside my trailer, in fact I don't think she likes him at all. I have no idea as he has never hurt her... Anyway, this is an obvious sign Valentina sees me as one she wants to keep safe.
Other than this one incident, Valentina has continued to keep predators (even flying ones) off the place; and with Cujo's help has even killed several that made it in as far as the yard and/or chicken house.
Also, Valentina is so obedient...yes obedient...despite her willfulness to do what she thinks best despite what I want at the time, she is quite obedient. Example 1: I wanted to spray a wasp nest that was right on my back porch just above where the dogs enjoy laying at times. Valentina was there at the moment; so I told her to "move". She stood up and looked at me. I said "move" again calling her by name and she walked all the way down stairs. (At that time Cujo was in the way as well so I had to tell him to move too.) With both dogs down stairs I could spray the "Raid" on those wasps killing them all. Example 2: Both dogs had found a copperhead. I told them both to move. Valentina stood there looking at me. I said "move" again holding my shotgun; and she quickly moved back to stand and watch. So Valentina apparently knows when it is time to obey my commands quickly and when it is time to "think" about it. ROFL
She now weighs 88.9 lbs (Cujo is near this as well.), eats her "dried" food (reluctantly), will take Rx meds orally (reluctantly) and lets me brush her, clip her nails and what ever I want to do with no problems. If what I'm touching is sensitive, she will growl; but I just continue and she lets me. (This reminds me of the way she acted the last time she was in to see the vet. She did not growl once but kept her eyes focused "strongly" on me while the doctor and her assistant maneuvered her body in all kinds of ways so as to check her. She obviously trusts me to not let anyone hurt her; and that was at a time when she had a fever and was in pain which means she knew she was vulnerable.)
She also still runs so fast almost tripling her speed in a second when Cujo is chasing her. lol I'm still quite fond of this LGD; and though I've not heard of other Karakachans acting toward their owners quite like Valentina does with me, I have no doubt they have the propensities to do so.
Ooo I would love to see a pic of this V gate....with the dimensions... if possible.Since my internal fencing consists of only what is around the garden (and my chicken house is inside that area) I put in what I call a "doggy door" which was a "V" shape in between two posts so as to let my dogs get into the garden without permitting the goats in.
That is just a dimension line.Aart move that top horizontal line to where it is touching the tops of those boards and you got it.
I raise large Nubian dairy goats.
The bottom of that "V" is just high enough for my dogs to step over it without having to jump.
Hello Altair, congratulations on getting that house on 13 acres; and being surrounded by state land....hmmmm does that mean you have access to a pond for year round fishing and hunting during season?
The type of fencing is "woven" with holes small enough to keep even baby goats from going through. What I have is plain "field fencing" with holes smaller at the bottom and custom height is 48". (This also keeps in my free-ranging fowl, i.e. chickens, ducks and geese...all but the guineas as they fly over anything.) What is important for dogs and goats is the way you put that fencing up. That posed a problem for me in that at the time I put the fencing up it was only to keep in goats. Thus I placed the bottom of the fence 6" off the ground with fencing posts not more than 5- feet apart. I raise large Nubian dairy goats and they will not jump this fence nor will they crawl under in such a small space. For the dogs, however, this changed because they have no problems "digging" under a fence. (I have a lab and Karakachan; and both dig quite well.) So what I had to do to keep my dogs in was more than what most people would do; yet it works well for me.
This is what I did to make sure my dogs did not dig under the fence. I took a "galvanized" 3' wide "small chicken" fencing and cut it down the middle turning it into a 1-1/2 ft wide fence.
(Thus a 100 ft roll turned into a 200 ft roll.) Then I used the "cut" side to attach it to the bottom of the existing field fencing and let the rest of that chicken wire lay flat out on top of the ground. Then I laid either logs or rocks on top of this flat wire. This is not an easy thing to do; but well worth the effort. I only have 6 acres so it was much easier for me than it would be for you having 13 acres. My 6 acres is divided by fencing for my garden; so I actually only had to dog-proof the fencing on the front half of my homestead. And I learned by trial and error that it is best to simply start at one end and continuously lay that chicken wire all the way down the field fencing. You can skip areas where you know for sure nothing can dig (like large trees/roots and/or rocks).
Since my internal fencing consists of only what is around the garden (and my chicken house is inside that area) I put in what I call a "doggy door" which was a "V" shape in between two posts so as to let my dogs get into the garden without permitting the goats in. Also since I have ducks, geese and an assortment of fowl that do not fly well, I created a small area UNDER a couple of places on that garden fencing that permits the fowl exit/entrance; and my Karakachan (dog) lays on her side to use this.
Hope this helps.