Dogs and Ducks???

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Cuqui18, Apr 23, 2011.

  1. Cuqui18

    Cuqui18 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 17, 2011
    Concord, Ma
    i have 3 dogs and want ducklings. my dogs are small to medium siuzed dogs and friendly. how does everyones dogs and ducks do together??
  2. Laura4795

    Laura4795 New Egg

    Mar 30, 2011
    Our dog adores ducklings. She is a Basset/Brittany Mix. She mothers them and follows them around the yard. She bathes them like they are puppies. She makes sure she herds them into a group and will even sit with them between her paws. It's the cutest thing ever!
  3. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

    Oct 3, 2009
    Western N.C.
    My dachshunds do fine with our ducks with supervision.
  4. TLWR

    TLWR Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2010
    southern AL
    I introduced ducklings to 2 existing dogs - a greyhound and a doberman last August

    I let the ducklings settle in before introducing the dogs to them. I held them and showed them they were mine and not for them to eat or play with. When I moved them from their kennel to the bathroom to play on the floor, I'd show them to the dogs if the dogs were around. If the dogs stuck their nose in the kennel, somebody usually ran over and nipped them on the nose. Didn't take many times before they decided they weren't all that interesting since any time they peeked in, they got bit by a duckling.

    Now Jet (greyhound) knows they lay eggs and will check where they are to see if they left her anything. I think she'd pick them up and look under them if she could [​IMG]
    Ally flew off the deck one day and landed on Jet and it didn't bother her, she jumped and looked at me and walked off. Another day another one of them landed on Tavarish (doberman) and he didn't care either.
    Jet is aware of where they are and doesn't intend to bother them, but they usually run off when they feel she's too close.
    Tavarish ignores them to the point he has no clue where they are and often about plows them over when he is out running in the yard - they get out of his way.

    I'm now introducing a new dog (14 month old great dane) to the ducks. So much easier introducing ducklings to a dog than a new dog to existing ducks. She seems to think they are play things. The ducks are not amused. Today is a week and the ducks are more trusting of her and she's being pretty good about ignoring them. Though today she decided to walk over and see if should could sniff them. They didn't like that and quacked and took off. I told her no and squirted her. But they aren't getting up to run away when she's 6 feet or so away, so things are going well. I'm not about to let her out without me out there keeping an eye on her and the ducks, but I think we'll get there with some more work and vigilance.
    Helps that my girls think they can take on moose! Three and a half pound blue ducked her head down and chased 80+ pound Abby the dane off the other day.

    Some pics of dog/duckling introductions through the first month or so.





    Last edited: Apr 23, 2011
  5. AnaD

    AnaD Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2011
    N. Ca
    Only one of my two dogs has any amount of pray drive, but they respect me enough to know that I don't want them to taste my birds. When my interested one is around the babies I am always near by to repremand him if he gets TOO friendly. When they are larger he leaves them alone unless I am trying to catch them...he feels he needs to help me, and it kinda does when we cornor them.

    This is what I did with my baby chicks. I put him (Wendel) in their play pen and sat him down and told him not to move. At first he was nervous to be so close and not be able to "investigate" them at first he wouldn't even look at them. After a while he relaxed and laid down in the grass until the chicks got interested in him and started pecking his tail. This worked well for him. Now he ignores them, which is how I like it.
  6. agregg15

    agregg15 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2011
    My dog is an American Akita which is one of the breeds that is "aggressive towards other animals," and she is fine around them. You just want to make sure that they are slowly introduced and if the dog show any aggression (intensely staring at the ducks, growling,etc) then don't let the dog around them. Even if it happens once you never know.
  7. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 14, 2011
    Central Oregon
    Dogs eat ducks, so introduce very carefully and supervise them when together.

    If you doubt it, go over to the predators forum and take a look and see how many have had their ducks killed by dogs.
  8. Goat_Walker

    Goat_Walker I Am THE Crazy Duck Lady

    Jul 9, 2008
    It depends on the dog. I have one that will eat them any chance she gets, two that want to mother them, and one that just flat out ignores them
  9. FarmrGirl

    FarmrGirl MooseMistress

    Jul 1, 2009
    Southern Maryland
    Quote:x2... my dog is great while I'm home. She never even comes close to them as long as my car is in the driveway but the minute I leave the house for a 10 minute errand she goes on some kind of rampage. She now has her own paddock to keep her away from the ducks when I'm gone.
  10. LoveDucks

    LoveDucks Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 22, 2013
    My dog loves my ducks!! Never had a problem! [​IMG]


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