My current cavamalt sleeps with my kid's bunny on her lap. His big weapon, sad eyes, is not likely to threaten the chicks we ordered for late spring. Plus the Delawares will soon grow to be his size. But I am looking ahead to training a larger, more protective dog. One that could help with fox and raccoon. I had an idea. I should be able to make a pillow that smells like a chicken, and teach a puppy that the chicken pillow is a sleepy thing. Then get a raccoon/fox tail, a scrap of fur and maybe some scent (?). Even a puppy can learn that chicken smell is at least ignored, and fox/raccoon smell is "get that!" Then when the dog is old enough to learn a stay, I can wave the chicken pillow around him and teach him to ignore it moving. Then maybe a feather duster. Then we throw the fur scrap at the feather duster, and teach the dog to intercept. Is that a good first step? And where would I get fur scraps? (ps this should be a kit. Sounds like an etsy business to me! ) I know I would do better with a protective breed, but I am pretty limited to hyperallergenic. So the training will be intense.