Originally Posted by Folly's place
So sorry! It takes a long time to train a dog to protect poultry, and then fighting another dog can be a loosing proposition too. Your neighbor owes you for your birds, and is responsible for keeping his dog out of your yard. Fencing! Without fencing, your dog won't stay home, and anyone's dog can visit your yard. I hope the neighbor is doing the right thing without a lot of legal prodding, but if not, definitely file a report and get things resolved some way. Mary
Our English Shepherd is an excellent guard for chickens. Nothing has ever been taken on his watch. Unfortunately he is getting older now but still enjoys being outside watching his kingdom..
Some breeds are easier to train than others. Some are impossible to train so watch what breed you get and to others it comes naturally.
I took the ES to work with me when he was only a puppy. I'd throw my knapsack and coat down and he would lie by it. He was friendly with everyone but more than one co worker told me they would never touch any of my things he was watching. What was ours was his to protect from an early age.
Our younger shelties are great alarm clocks, and the very youngest herds beautifully and makes sure the chickens are in. They would sound the alarm but I would never expect them to protect anything, although they are good at chasing hawks and other birds.