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How to train a puppy/rooster not to chase/attack chickens/people?

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Yeah, I've got two dovetailing problems. A rooster (2nd in command) that attacks me and others. At first I didn't retaliate cuz it was just a peck at my lower legs, none higher than the knee, none drawing more blood than a superficial peckpoint. Then Ivan The Terrible (name of offending bird) attacked an albeit offensive child visiting. No real harm was done, tears aside. But now i realize the liability, particularly since I just got a border collie puppy, whose raison d'etre is to chase (herd) animals. I don't want Ivan pecking out the beautiful eyes of my loving puppy either.

 

So I ask you pet-loving flock masterful helpful folks for training techniques to keep roosters from attacking and puppies from chasing. Any suggestions welcome. Thanks,  Nick

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Your rooster will NEVER be safe, until he's in someone's crock pot.  Your smart puppy will be so trainable, and with good management should be a huge asset.  Mary

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Your rooster will NEVER be safe, until he's in someone's crock pot.  Your smart puppy will be so trainable, and with good management should be a huge asset.  Mary

I agree - train the puppy, eat the rooster. 

Chickens off and on for 25+ years and still learning.

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Chickens off and on for 25+ years and still learning.

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Thanks Mary. I guess you meant people, children, puppies etc will NEVER be safe from an attacky rooster. I'm not worried about the rooster's security. The actual alpha rooster tries to help keep Terrible, Ivan The in check. We have a few other roosters and none of them attack anyone except eachother at times in re-establishing and maintaining pecking order. That's what made me think his behaviour is aberrant and so could be reined in thru training. After all, chickens are domesticated. I guess yeah, not as pets, but enough to be moulded thru training. On other hand, seems I have to accept he (Ivan) has accepted his role as enforcer. Except that he usually attacks gratuitously, coming unreasonably out of nowhere. Maybe I'll enroll him in a cockfight, hmmmmmm...  Nick

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A rooster (maybe eight pounds?) attacking the giants who bring food every day is an jerk who shouldn't reproduce and isn't smart enough to be safely 'retrained'.  In his case, 'domesticated' means a total lack of sense.  A wild chicken would run away every time!  Mary

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I say, put the puppy and the rooster in a pen together, let the rooster teach the puppy not to chase chickens, then eat him.
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