New farm dog, how to acclimatize him to the horses?
We just got a new rescure dog, an 8 month old Australian Shepherd who we have named "Cola". He is still intact, but I have him scheduled for "brain surgery" as soon as possible : ). He is very sweet, good with dogs and strangers. Very trainable and has a good recall, has the basics of "sit" and "down". My only problem so far is that he is scared of the horses on the property, and then when he gets scared he barks and sometimes even snaps at them. Of course I am keeping him on leash at all times when he is around the horses. I allow him to look at the horses from the other side of the fence on the end of a long line. If he barks or snaps at them, I give him a sharp tug on the collar and scold him and he comes immediately to my side and sits. We have only had him 2 days, so I know we have a lot of work to do. Any tips on how to get him used to the horses in a safe and effective manner? I would eventually like him to be allowed off leash around farm, but of course I won't be doing that if I think there is any chance of him chasing or acting aggresively towards the horses.