Here's my story. Right now my four girls are about 2 weeks old and so still in their dog-crate brooder in the house. I have 9-year old German Shorthaired Pointer, who despite supposedly being a "bird-dog", has shown zero interest in birds so far. We also have a cat that she will occasionally chase around the house, but that's it. She generally leaves the cat alone. We've never hunted with her and she seems to have not much instinct. I didn't think chicks would be a problem at all. The first 5 days or so I had the chicks, she didn't even notice they were there (Despite this GIANT kennel in the middle of the living room...but then again, she's not the brightest bulb ) Suddenly on day 6, she finally noticed them and became EXTREMELY interested in them. She kept pointing at them and then barking (like she would to get our help in reaching, say, a ball she couldn't reach on her own). Over the past several days her anxiety seemed to be worsening. To keep her from scaring the chicks, we put up a gate, and finally last night, we moved the whole brooder in to the den. I figured if it was "out of sight, it would be out of mind." I was wrong; it only increased her anxiety. She kept running back and forth barking. So finally I decided to take the opposite tact, put her on a leash and then let her have access to the chicks. She seems to be most intensely interested in them when they were in the brooder huddled together in a group. If I lifted a single chick up to her to sniff, she ignored it. I decided to let them out on the floor to see what she would do, and she wasn't nearly as interested in them when they were spread out as when grouped together. She kept trying to "paw" one (obviously we didn't let her, I didn't want a chick to get hurt) but made no effort to bite them. I'm concerned with how tense and focussed on them she got, although after about 45 minutes, she did start to calm down a bit. I didn't want to stress the chicks out, so after 45 minutes we put them all back and made the dog leave the room. She was pretty exhausted. So, did any of you have this issue and did your dog eventually get used to them? I'm hoping that once they get bigger, she'll also be more afraid of them (or hopefully used to them!). This morning as soon as we got up, she ran straight to the den and whined to get in, so I let her go up to the kennel and spend as much time as she wanted sniffing at them (with the kennel closed of course) and she was pretty quiet and calm. Any advice for me? Do you think continued exposure will make her blase?