I need a farm

I have always seen myself ending up on a mini-farm with somewhere between 4 and 15 acres.  I’d love to have a big barn where I can hold training classes, maybe a small number of goats or a few cows, some chickens, a nice field for agility/frisbee, and I’d LOVE a body of water (pond or stream or creek).  I somehow doubt that I’ll ever achieve that type of land…but I can dream right?

Yesterday I had the opportunity to play pretend that we lived on a small farm.  A friend of the family has 200 acres of farmland not too far from where I live.  There are many huge open fields, an apple orchard, some pasture land, some crop fields, and plenty of woods.  I got permission to take my dogs up there to let them run, explore, and play…and boy did they!  We’ve done lots of wooded hikes and playing in open parks ….but this was so very different.  The dogs were running through tall grass, sniffing out the deer, groundhogs, rabbits, and squirrels, finding coyote poop, getting to run and chase small critters they flushed out of the brush, and could run for near 150 yards and still turn around to see me.  They got to sniff all around an old stable (that hasn’t held horses for probably 10-15 years but I’m sure still smelled of horse to them).

It was so much fun, we walked all around the land–well I walked, Rio cantered and Shayne mostly trotted (until they decided to chase something).  The dogs LOVED it.  Rio rolled in three piles of coyote poop, Shayne found and decided to try and eat, the skull of a small mammal (but she dropped it as I yelled “out, out, out!” from 25ft away), we saw a group of deer and both dogs recalled (and the deer took off once the dogs came running toward me), the pups tracked the deer after they were out of sight, and tracked down small mammals hiding under the tall grass (and squirrels up the trees), and chased each other all around the farm.  We were out walking for about two hours and Shayne actually flopped down to chew a stick… she was tired… and she’s never tired.  Shortly after, Rio flopped on his hip in the shade (and not to roll in poop).

They used so much brain power that they got significantly more tired from this trip–it was beautiful!  A normal walk the same distance would leave both of them ready for more… but they’ve been relaxed and chilled out ALL night.  It’s such a huge reminder to me about how important mental stimulation is to tiring out a dog… all the sniffing, tracking, exploring totally knocked out my two high energy dogs.  It was awesome and something I hope I can continue to do!!


What can I chase?

Ooo chasing a rabbit!!! (Rio's that tiny white dot in front of Shayne, about 70yds from me)

Shayne, the squirrel, I think it's up there!!!

Going out to find where we saw deer the first time

Mum did you see me rolling in coyote poop, it was great!!--Rio

Hey mum! I see you... gonna go chase something again!

Shayne picked up a stick, which is not typical at all ....

Shayne lays down ... she's clearly tired but is using the stick as an excuse LOL!

Just explored the barn with the tractors, trailers, and fun equipment (shayne still has that stick!)


About Success Just Clicks

I'm a dog trainer and enthusiast who moonlights as a blogger and custom tug-toy maker.
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4 Responses to I need a farm

  1. Wow it looks like you all had a ball! We are blessed to live on a farm but the dogs don’t get to run much. One would kill the neighbor cats if I let her run and my other dog is a deaf boxer puppy. We will be learning “electronic call back” with a vibration collar. They sure love their big fenced back yard. I’m so glad your pups had such a great time. Happy Tails! Christina and Lexi

    • Much of my family is from South Dakota and I spent tons of time on their 600 acre farm when i was a kid and i LOVED that type of life…though slightly smaller scale (I dont need several hundred head of cattle LOL!). Kill neighbor cats is certainly a good reason to not let the pup loose! Thanks for the comment!

  2. gotspots says:

    Looks like you had loads of fun. The spots would have been in heaven. 🙂 I need to get a friend with land. LOL

  3. Risa would have loved that too. Especially rolling in poop. . .maybe it’s a sighthound thing? LOL. I probably wouldn’t have seen her for hours. 😉

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