hey yall, i have some questions about basic training around livestock- to get my lil guy to coexist with our animals, not as a guard animal. i've had a trainer out a couple times and she had some great pointers, such as building leadership with my dog [so he heels, leaves it better, etc] but i'm really looking for details about getting him to ignore the animals better. background is, he's a fixed low content malamute wolfdog, about 1 1/2 years old, very sweet, friendly, reasonably obedient and generally all around good dog. I've been conscious of his prey drive since he was a pup and tried to keep it low. his recall is good unless he's worked up and legging it after a cow. he grew up with chickens as a pup, but the farm i work at now has large animals- lots of cows, a horse, several llamas. the llamas are guard animals and have no problem killing coyotes- they chased the trainer and i out of the field last time we went out to train with them. generally he's very good with the chickens and ducks, he'll totally ignore them for the most part. the adult cows he likes to 'dive bomb' down the hill- runs at them full tilt, circles them, shows some play behavior [though i know play and prey are two points on the same spectrum]. when they're lying down he comes up to sniff and lick them- he loves cow poop, and god forbid he ever figures out where milk comes from. when i'm milking the cows, he has his station, where he performs admirable long down stays for his meals- i can leave for ten minutes and he'll be right where i left him, not touched the bowl of food, and not paying any attention to the cows. i've watched him from a distance, he just stares longingly out to the field, ha. the calves he tries to frolic with- he'll dig into their pen and seems to try and get them to chase him, or else try to lick the milk off their faces in the morning. it seems cute to some folks, but anything that approaches interacting with them makes me nervous. most times he breaks into their pen and just stands around eating calf poop. they usually ignore him. he has come a long, long way since we first got here six months ago, but one serious slip up could see me without a job or a place to stay, or a dead dog if the farmers shoot him or the llamas have their way. so what strategies are out there? long line with him in the field, but what's the theory? any help would be appreciated. thanks!