I don't know the answer. Have been reading about how bad things have gotten down there with the wild pigs.
From what I experienced, I wouldn't walk 1/4 mile down there without at least 3 dogs. They will go into pack formation to run and draw if they get into an encounter - time for you to arm yourself and take care of the threat.
If you just have one dog, and they get broadsided, there's little hope (like when the crops are up). I wouldn't want to live like that. This is the day of modern technology - do they have invisible fences that can detect something larger than a raccoon your perimeters? Could you consider maybe adopting a couple of rural savvy dogs?
The snakes didn't bother me that much, it was the dang wild pigs - they are like the PBulls of the pig world.... they don't care!
It really is a terrible problem. They tear through everything and are such prolific breeders. They're constantly causing accidents on the roads here too. They're also huge vectors of parasites. The last one I shot was so covered up in fleas it was nauseating! At LEAST a full cup of fleas just on what I saw on his belly in the dark with a flashlight
They do have game cameras that will send pics/alert to your phone when there is movement, but 1) We don't get cell service out here, which is a blessing and a curse
and 2) those are some really expensive set ups. I recently left my decent paying job to go to college full time, and while we are making it fine on my fiancés salary, there isn't too much left over.
Adopting a couple dogs brings more financial stress, but I suppose if they were fixed, had shots, chipped, and were good hardy mutts it would be possible. They'd have to be adults that wanted to be outside almost all the time though. I have already promised the old man that he can get his dream dog (a female bluetick coonhound) when Brutus is at least 1.5 years, so 3 dogs in the house eventually is about the most we could do lol. Do you remember the Bumpus family from "A Christmas Story"?
It would be hard for me to shift my view of them into more of a utility animal than a house pet. I think I would always feel bad for them for not getting the same things the inside dogs did, or if they got fed a cheaper diet or whatever. and at least for us, it wouldn't really be possible to treat them all the same or devote the same energy to them.
Do you know how physical aversion training is? It seems really smart, but I don't want my dog getting smacked or yelled at. I'm not sure if they use an E-collar (which I am scared of anyway...) or strike the dog? String the dog up with a choke chain? I just can't think of a way that it isn't really intense. However they do it, I know it is for long term benefits, but I am very weary of +P.