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I'm looking small indoor/outdoor dog that: Does not shed Is

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I'm looking for a small indoor/outdoor dog that:
Does not shed
Is good with small children
Can be trained to stay in our 2.5 acre yard without a fence
Can be trained to chase the deer out of our yard
Can be trained to NOT chase our chickens or ducks
What breed of dog should I consider and how do I learn how to do the training?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Lisa replied 1 year ago.

HI there. My name is ***** ***** I'm happy to help you with your question today. Just like an in person consult, I have a few questions of my own to help ensure I give you the best advice possible....

How old are the kids?

Have you had dogs in the past?

Long hair or short?

How much time will you be able to dedicate to training?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
4 kids ranging in age from 1 to 6
Had a small shnowser (spelling) before we had kids
Don't care about hair as long as no shedding.
Am willing to spend whatever time is necessary to do training. Anything to get rid of the deer problem.
Expert:  Lisa replied 1 year ago.

Thanks for the additional information. I really appreciate it.

So first, most any dog will chase deer out of the yard once it's established in the home. Dogs are naturally territorial, so once the dog looks at your house as 'home', it'll want to chase the deer from the yard.

Also, once you had a dog living there, the deer will be able to smell them and will likely stay away from the house simply due to the scent.

So...a couple options for you on dogs who would work well with the kids and not have such a high prey drive that they're chasing the ducks/chickens....

Boston Terriers: http://www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/dogs-101/videos/boston-terrier/

Poodles: http://www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/dogs-101/videos/poodle/

Bichon Frise: http://www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/dogs-101/videos/bichon-frise/

Bearded Collie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7SZE8r7RtU

Regardless of which dog breed you choose, keep in mind that the best way to train a dog will be to get it involved in obedience classes right away and then work with it at home.

I hope this helps.