Best way to introduce new dog to chickens

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by busybeelee, Dec 31, 2010.

  1. busybeelee

    busybeelee Out Of The Brooder

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    We lost our beautiful, gentle great Dane to cancer recently. We decided to adopt a sixth month old puppy from the humane society. What is the best way to introduce him to the chickens? They say he is a Catahoula leopard which is a herding dog. How do I teach him to leave my girls alone?
     
  2. ryanhodapp

    ryanhodapp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have beagle mixes and they were here first. But when we got our first chicks, they were in the dog cage in our dining room. The dogs could sniff, hear, see, etc. My kids would hold a little chick and let our dogs go nose to nose. They dont bother the chickens now at all.

    I would use a leash and introduce them slowly. Increasing minutes each day. Then try keeping the dog on leash, but let go.

    I dont know anything about your breed of dog, but that is how I would do it.

    good luck and enjoy your new pup!
     
  3. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    I would train "Come, No, Sit, Leave it" - first - then leash train, then take him out and use both verbal and physical (LEASH) commands- you might not want to use food rewards when he ignores the chickens, I would use a attention/physical reward.

    Or...

    you could bring your best chicken in a cat crate inside and reward him however you please when he ignores her... might be more traumatic for the chicken tho-
     

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