Hi, We recently got a new dog from the pound, a 20# poodle who is a year or two old. He has a strong drive to chase the chickens and turkeys. At the pound, he was around a cat and was fine with it, so I think there's hope he can be trained. I have been putting him on a long lead and working with him on "LEAVE IT" near the bird pens. We have a separate yard for the dogs, and I don't let the chickens and dogs mingle when the chickens are free ranging. However, I do let the dogs in the backyard (free range area) when the birds are in their coops in the evening or early morning, and his inclination is to run around their coop excitedly. That happened once, and I have not given him the chance to do that again. I have also been putting him on the long lead and making him come out with me to do chores and tying him up nearby while I do the chicken chores. I'd like to reduce his prey drive for my fowl, if possible. Any suggestions? He seems very trainable, just waaay too excited about the birds. I need an emu to put him in his place!