I'm new here and I LOVE this site. You all have helped me so much while getting my first little flock of backyard chooks. My girls are all wonderful and have managed to get along fairly well with a very quick pecking order incident that was hard to just let happen.... but anyways!
We have dogs, three dogs, all terriers. Two Jack Russells (my landlords) and our border terrier (Ozzy - we're American in Australia and super creative hehe). While I was carrying my daughter I worked on some farms and Ozzy came along and he was fine with chickens while they were in the pen but would chase them out of the pen. We've been training him by bringing him in the fenced off area we have for our chickens with his lead on and giving him treats when he responds well to us telling him to "leave it", and when he just lays around not caring much about them. So far he seems to be doing really well. But we have two little chooks, about 7 weeks old, and I'm more nervous for them than any of the others if we decide to let Ozzy have a chance at proving himself. I don't know if I'll even try it until they are a bit bigger. But we have a really decent yard for living in city suburbs and want our chickens to have free range of the whole thing! They do have a good chunk, very sufficient, but who wants to climb over a fence all the time? Plus that fencing could be used to keep the chickens out of the gardens.
Does anybody have any success with training their dogs to coexist with their chickens (who initially wanted to eat them)?