Originally Posted by willzpapa
Originally Posted by campingshaws
x2. We knew going in that it would be a challenge and would take work. The one he killed was a chick that got out when I was locking up the coop at night. He retrieved it and put it at my feet and never gave it a second look. So it wasn't prey drive, but work drive. I think that helped a lot, too.
did it affect the dogs hunting or do you hunt her
We haven't tried yet. DH hunts, but not duck. Our thoughts are that he'll understand the difference between chasing chickens in the yard=bad and retrieving ducks on command=good. He's pretty smart, and exceptionally willing to please. He's gone from a dog who didn't understand "no" and put his paws on the counter, lapped dishwater out of the sink, ate food from the babies' hands, etc., to a dog who will sit by a bowl full of food, even if I turn my back and walk away, until I give the command to "eat." No more paws on the counters, no more marking in the house. He still has room for improvement, but I'm continually impressed with his progress.