What recommendations do you out there have to offer on how I can best train my dog not to want to get the chickens? Knowing that it's natural for dogs to want to eat birds, I understand that this will have to be something that you always have to on the watch for. My chicks are protected and the dog can't get to them but I just need to know what things others have done. Thanks Awhile ago I posted this request for help and I thought I would give an update. I have patiently and persistently watched my dog around the chickens. Making her stay in the house at times, keeping on a leash, not allowing her to get them as aggressively as she has been to do so. I have talked to her, scolded her when need be, sent her to her kennel, got irritated with her, pulled her tail when she was too close, praised when she was doing good, talked to her when we she is with me around them, etc.. Well, in the mornings and evenings I let my little flock out to wander around the little compound and occasionally get out onto the lawn. The other morning I had let them out into their little garden compound and had left the gate shut so the could not get into the yard. I had went inside the house to get ready for the day and had not realized the the dog was out in the yard. Well, my wife looked out our bedroom window and said to me "Is Allie supposed to be out when the chickens are out?" and of course I said no. Apparently some of the chickens had decided to "fly the coop" so to speak and had flown over the fence into the yard, and you guessed it, Allie was in the same yard they were in. She lying on the grass across the yard watching their every move. I panicked and told my wife to go get her in the house as I did not need a chicken massacre that morning. Well, my wife didn't seem to much in a hurry to rescue my flock from the teeth of Allie, (she has not the fondness for the chickens as I do) and it irritated me to think that she would not go get her. I was not dressed for the occasion as I was getting ready for the day. Anyway, when I got out there I told Allie to "leave it" like I normally would and she did not even attempt to get them. I drove them into the compound and she did not react in an aggressive way whatsoever. I was so proud and pleased with her. I have also taken her into their compound a couple of times since then and she has behaved very well with them and they seem to give each other the respect that they need. I will always be on the guard as I know how quickly things can change and in one quick move we can have a dead chicken, or maybe a dead dog if all of them decide to gang up on her! That would be a sight to see. Anyway, I wanted to report success so far with patience and perseverance and not totally depriving them of the opportunity to be around them. I think that she is recognizing that they are there to stay, they are not the normal birds or pigeons we don't want in the yard, and she is recognizing that they belong to me as well as she belongs to me and we all can get along just fine! Thanks for reading.