I have 9 hives inside my fenced yard and two dogs that can go wherever they want when I let them out. They learn to stay away from the bees, and they have never been ganged up on by my bees. I'm sure they've been stung at least once.
I have two small dogs that like to follow me around the farm and also to my bee yard--just once. Now when they see me putting on my veil and lighting the smoker, they find a shady place to hang out until I return from the hives.
I had a beagle that would stick his nose in the entrances all the time and take a deep sniff, bees never bothered him and I guess he liked the smell of a hive since he did it at least once a day during the summer mornings. Personally I like the smell inside of a hive too.
My two American Ekimos catch the bees on the fly and will go to my backyard hives every day and eat any wounded bees crawling. They are fascinated and must like the taste but won't go to the hive directly and try to snatch them. I doubt in a month two dozen bees are eaten but I think it's a sport of some sort to them not to get stung.
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