dog attacking

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by MonkeyZero, Oct 3, 2007.

  1. MonkeyZero

    MonkeyZero Songster

    Sep 14, 2007
    Modesto Ca
    How do you get a dog to stop tryong to attack chicks? They are in a coop. I try to tell him to stop. But he wont.
  2. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    Electric fencing.....or...a good old water hose!! Better get that dog in check..before he gets to those babies!
  3. Queen of the Lilliputians

    Queen of the Lilliputians Songster

    Apr 5, 2007
    My suggestion would be to do some intensive searching online for dog training. There are ways to get your dog to listen better, etc, although I think any method takes time and consistancy.

    Or, alternatively, never ever let the dog out with the chicks. This is the route we've chosen to go with our dogs. They are aging (both are 8), and frankly, I don't see being able to train the bird dog out of labs.. although I suppose it's possible.

    Good luck with your dog! Just be careful. We thought we had all our basis covered and our dogs still managed to kill one of ours. And that was AFTER I'd brooded chicks in the house, and they'd never shown the slightest interest.

  4. MonkeyZero

    MonkeyZero Songster

    Sep 14, 2007
    Modesto Ca
    I cant get an elctric fence. I cant bring in the dog either. My parents will freak.(yes i still live with them though im 18)
  5. candy37

    candy37 In the Brooder

    Aug 22, 2007
    South Texas
    There are several things you can try to stop the dog...however, I've learned the hard way to not trust a dog that has bird killing instincts. My dog killed 14 chicks in 30 minutes...and the chicks were inside their pen outside. It is not a pretty site to clean up what's left after they've been pulled out of a 1"x2" hole.

    You can try spraying the dog with a waterhose or water gun when it shows interest in the chicks. You can try putting the dog on a leash and sharply correcting it when it wants to go to the chicks. You can use verbal commands. The problem is you can't be outside 24/7 with the dog, therefore you can't correct the behavior consistantly. If you can't tie the dog up, then you have to make a predator proof run for your birds.

    We are building the coop inside a large fenced off area that will keep the chickens safe from the dog and other predators.

    The sad truth is if the dog is trying to attack the chicks, odds are high that it won't ever stop.
    I wish you luck.
  6. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    Haimish....first, there is nothing wrong with still living with your parents...of course, that is if they are ok with it! LOL
    As for the dog....if you can not bring the dog in....or chain it away from the is my suggestions.

    Get some boards...2 x 12.....or some metal roofing sheets...and go around the bottom of the fencing. This will keep the chickens from poking thier heads out, and the dog getting it. You will also have to be very persistant with that dog. Put the dog on a leash...and walk him to the fence. Every time he shows interest, correct him...with a jerk to the leash, and a harsh NO!! Just remember, when he shows no interest, give praise. You will have to be very persistant. Good luck.
  7. BantyChickMom

    BantyChickMom Songster

    Sep 25, 2007
    Henderson, NC

    My neighbors walk their 2 daschunds on a leash and we gather at the border and chat.
    Now I'm usually at the chicken pens so that's where we meet.
    The oldest daschund would run around my 3 x 6 pen containing 1 pullet about10 weeks old.
    The pullet bristled up and jumped at the fence, the dog was biting at the fence and, though I never saw the pullets head come thru the fence, her head ended up in the dogs mouth.
    We got the two separated with only a couple scratches around the beak.
    I have very good neighbors and she felt worse than I did after the attack.
    She was always leary about having her dogs that close to the chickens, but I told her the pups were OK.
    I never dreamed the pups could grab one thru the fence.
    WAS I WRONG!!!
    Now, she doesn't bring her pups anywhere near the chickens.
  8. OffSpring

    OffSpring In the Brooder

    Sep 13, 2007
    United Kingdom
    Quote:It's all down to good consistent dog training which is an ongoing process and takes time.

    Luckily it is fairly easy as most dogs will do almost anything to please their owner. It is the owner that has to learn how to "talk" to the their dog so they understand.

    That is why you always start with the basics at an early age and everything else (search & rescue / guarding / protecting / behaviour problems etc.) is built on these basic commands.

    One of the first commands your dog should master is NO! Along with the usual sit, stay, rollover, paw, good boy/girl etc.

    And from then on it is perfectly simple. When he/she does something good you reward and say good boy/girl and when they have done something bad you say NO and remove them from the situation (i.e. pull away from chickens) or the offending object and replace it with something acceptable (i.e. take your slippers out of their mouth and give them a ball).

    The same goes for guard dog training get a stranger to walk on your property, firstly encourage barking - reward and praise. Secondly if the stranger does not go away encourage a chase (if you wish) and again reward and praise but get your dog to stop at your property border.
  9. snugglepup

    snugglepup Songster

    Apr 15, 2007
    Creedmoor, NC
    Well, the problem with using punishment is that it does not result in any *predictable* change in behavior. That is the primary drawback to any punishment as a training tool. Even if you punished him every single time he ever saw a chicken, it is no guarantee that the behavior would stop. And honestly, if you are punishing a dog that much on a daily basis... what kind of life is that for a dog? Even if the method of punishment is fairly benign, nobody would enjoy being nagged daily their whole lives.

    The best solution in this type of situation is good Management. Keep the dog away from the chickens and the chickens away from the dog. You could use crates, fencing, tie outs, etc... and of course each would have pros and cons. Failing that, you can either rehome the dog or rehome the chicks.
  10. ninny

    ninny Songster

    Jul 1, 2007
    IL side of the QCA
    first of all how old is the dog and what breed? basic training should work but one thing i did with one of my dogs was i hid where i could see her but she couldnt see me then when she went after them bam i shot her with a nerf gun scared the hell out of her never went after them again. or get a nasty roo you dont really want and let the roo beat the dog up. sounds mean but will so teach the dog a leason. but make sure you
    try every thing else first these are kinda last case things though very funny.

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