All st bernard owners I need help!!!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by hsponseller89, Sep 25, 2016.

  1. hsponseller89

    hsponseller89 New Egg

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    I have a st bernard puppy about 6 months old. We live on a farm with ducks and chickens and cats. Lately my puppy has been attacking the ducks and chickens she had already had the taste of blood and I have no idea on how to dicipline her to get her to stop hurting them. I don't want to get rid of her but it's getting out of hand she killed 2 ducks and 1 chicken I don't know how to stop it! Please I need help!!! [​IMG]
     
  2. LynnsFlock

    LynnsFlock Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello,
    Not a St. Bernard owner, but have had dogs my whole life. This isn't so much a chicken/duck/dog problem as a training (or lack of) problem. Your pup doesn't have a "taste for blood", she has instincts, prey drive. The birds are prey in her mind, and chasing them/ catching them is instinctual, and, most likely, fun.
    From your post, I would highly recommend seeking out obedience classes/lessons for your dog from a professional. I don't know where you are located, but you can google and see if there is a local AKC club in your area, or contact your local shelter, pet store, dog groomer, etc. to find a trainer. And the reason I highly recommend this as, you are lacking control of a puppy, who will grow into a large dog, and could possibly really do some damage if you don't take the reins now. St.B's are fairly easy to train, and with a trainer, you can nip this quickly.
    Best of luck to you and let us know how it goes!
    BTW, sorry to hear you have lost some birds :( It's very heartbreaking to see or find!
     
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  3. Newmamabear

    Newmamabear Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello, one of my dogs killed and ate one of my chickens when I first got her, she was a full grown adult dog at the time. What I did was change my tone with her. Use a kind tone of voice and love on her and pet her and tell her what a good girl she is, repeat it with anyone she is gentle with. For my dog it was kids, she just loves them. Then take her out to your coop and handle your nicest birds (don't want a bunch of excited flapping and squeaking just yet) and use the same intonation in your voice. She might be a little surprised or excited but keep a really level tone. It might take a few minutes but once she settles down tell her she's a good girl again. Repeated telling a of what a good girl she is while she's calm around them will work wonders. Don't forget to smile when you're pleased with her. A lot of people forget and think they don't notice but they can hear it in your voice. [​IMG]
     
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  4. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

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    Hello and welcome to Backyard chickens!! I have used shock collars with my dogs. I know some people do not approve of shock collars because they do not think them humane, but I use mine on a low level that I tested on myself. Also, here is a link you may find helpful. I hope you enjoy BYC and have as much fun here as I have!

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...d-chickens-tips-for-a-harmonious-introduction
     

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