How do i train my dog to not kill chickens!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by HeIsKing, Apr 7, 2016.

  1. HeIsKing

    HeIsKing Out Of The Brooder

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    My one year old Lab/Great Pyrenees has found that she quite enjoys chasing and occasionally killing my chickens. So far she has already gotten three of my hens and has killed two of them.[​IMG] I have always had her come out with me when I take care of the chickens, and when i am around she is always perfectly good. But once i leave she instantly goes after them. so i have started having to tie her up or keep her fenced up, but i just feel so bad not letting her roam free and explore. any ideas?
    thank you.
     
    Last edited: Apr 7, 2016
  2. ChickenGoesRuff

    ChickenGoesRuff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When my dog started being mouthy after I first got my birds, I took the largest docile bird I had and dusted her with cayenne pepper and a little bit of lemon juice and monitored him for around twenty minutes. He regretted it. I also kept him in a muzzle when he was around my birds for a while. I also flipped him on his back and had him stay there for around two minutes before tying him to his line. After about a week he was perfect around the chickens and follows the big hen like a puppy.
    Hope it helps!
     
  3. HeIsKing

    HeIsKing Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you so much chickengoesruff! I will definitely try that.
     
  4. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    The one year old part is very important. Do not allow dog alone with birds unrestrained. Do spend more time out with dog and birds and reprimand when dog acts inappropriately. While out with dog and chickens, encourage former to have interest in other things. Get dog to walk away from flock periodically checking perimeter and beyond of poultry area. Engage in play with dog well away from flock. Reliability of dog unsupervised not likely for an additional year.
     

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