Plant damage related to fence fighting
We live in a rural area and have several acres of land. We have a total of 6 dogs, 2 Schnauzers in our home, and 4 dogs we rescued as puppies. These dogs are allowed to be loose on the property and are generally well behaved. Of these 4 dogs, two are female spade and two males, one neutered. The 2 males are the specific problem. One "Blue:" is a mix Golden Retriever and Springer Spaniel is the accepted leader more dominate than the other "Tux" a Black Irish Setter. Our problem is some serious aggression by way of fence fighting that results in serious plant damage further described herein.
But before I go on we know the problem, the outside dogs trespassing within BlueÂs area and his desire to protect us from them. These dogs get lots of attention, have outside toys to chew and are generally well behaved. They come when called obey, commands such a sit and down. Now for the problem.
One of our neighbors passed away and had 3 dogs that were allowed to run loose in the area even before we built our home. When alive he came to this home only for vacation and weekends and other neighbors fed and took care of these dogs while he was gone. One of these neighbors lives across the road from us and regularly cares and feeds these dogs. One of these dogs is a large male of similar breed to "Blue" and when they see each other its fence fighting time. In addition, when fence fighting our other male "Tux" gets in "Blues" way and is frequently attacked. But worse than the fence fighting is the damage to a very nice row of hedges. "Tux" in his frustration tears off branches and chews them. He also makes a clear view of what happens on the road for him and "Blue" to keep guard.
I work daily on the fence fighting issue teaching "Blue" that this behavior is unacceptable. Typically I call him and tell him his behavior is unacceptable. If itÂs a violent fight I chain him for an hour and he seems to be understanding that his actions are unacceptable and get him chained. Many times now he stops fighting and comes and I praise him, calm him and treat him. But this will be a long slow process distrupted by the visits from the other dogs.
Our neighbors want the 3 dogs kept in the neighborhood as they feel they offer them security but are unwilling to control them in the fence fighting. When not fence fighting these dogs are very friendly.
So I believe at one time or another fence fighting will come under control but how can I stop the plant destruction? ItÂs a long 5 to 7 minute walk down to our gate so spraying water is typically not timely. IÂve been thinking about putting things in or on the ground like their feces or having some form of citrus spray come when they fight but how?
Does anyone have any ideas of what I can put either on the plants or on in the ground that will not damage the plants that will deter the dogs from chewing, tearing off branches and going between the plants causing damage?.