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  1. Sonya9

    Advice for family dog running chickens

    The suggestions in this thread include chaining the dog up, using a shock collar, or simply getting rid of the dog. Suggesting a stranger buy a shock collar to zap their dog can become overly harsh very quickly.
  2. Sonya9

    Advice for family dog running chickens

    If they "escape" it is because I opened a door and let them out. And on occasion I have lost a bird if the bird managed to escape the run. When that has happened I feel bad and take full responsibility for it, I do not punish the dog or worse yet "get rid of the dog" because of my mistake. I...
  3. Sonya9

    Advice for family dog running chickens

    Problem with a chicken tractor is that the dog will naturally run around the tractor and scare the wits out of the birds. The more the birds flap, run and squawk the more fun it is, plus moving it around just makes it more interesting for the dog. I have the same situation as the op -- 2 high...
  4. Sonya9

    Advice for family dog running chickens

    But those are all things that the dog naturally wants to do! Follow a scent! I have had a lot of hard stubborn dogs and done a lot of rescue. Some things you can work with and "train out" of a dog while other things are hard wired and will *never* just go away. With a lot of effort you may be...
  5. Sonya9

    Advice for family dog running chickens

    Also for the op -- if possible make sure the birds have a large run with only a small portion facing the yard area where the dog goes. If the birds are in a small pen it is easy to scare them which becomes a game since they react. If their run is large or shaped so they can they can get away...
  6. Sonya9

    Advice for family dog running chickens

    As I said, dumping the old pet because it doesn't get along with the new pets is not right. It is one of the reasons over a million shelter dogs are killed each year. People do it all the time and while I can't stop them I sure as heck won't make them feel justified/okay about their decision by...
  7. Sonya9

    Advice for family dog running chickens

    I agree. It isn't fair to expect them to change the drives that were intentionally bred into them by humans over the centuries. Though disagree with the suggestion to just get another dog. The beagle was there first, when people make a commitment to a companion animal tossing them aside...
  8. Sonya9

    Advice for family dog running chickens

    I have 3 that I trust with the birds. My Anatolian is completely trust worthy, I think of him as the "chicken whisperer" as he instinctively knows how to use body language to put a nervous bird at ease. He is a livestock guardian dog so it comes naturally to him though he is a companion dog and...
  9. Sonya9

    Advice for family dog running chickens

    A beagle is a hunting dog with a high prey drive. I would not even try to change his behavior because I doubt he could ever be fully trusted. If it is a known problem and he hurts/kills a chicken then we can only blame ourselves -- not the animals. I have five dogs and two of them will...
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