Not sure this is the right forum for this question.., but I'll ask it here: I have a 60lb shepherd mix dog. She's older, (about 8yrs old) She looks like a fluffy wolf. She is a great dog, but I know she is a hunter. I had seen her catch and kill rats and rabbits that stray into our yard, and always tries to catch the squirrels. I have never let her around my chickens without any protection. My hens stay in their coop/run most of the time, and so my dog is quite familiar with them. But when I let the chickens free-range I always tie her up. Every time she sees them, she licks her chops. I wonder if its possible to train a dog to protect rather than kill chickens? Esp. an old dog like this? Has anyone done it, and can give any tips? I would love to let my chickens free range more, but I worry about them wandering close to the tied-up dog, and getting killed because they got too close. They seem pretty ignorant to danger, so I am not sure they'd know better than to stay away from her.