Just wondering how to train a puppy for chickens

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  1. dustponds10

    dustponds10 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I have quite a few chickens and I am wondering how to train my pup to know that chickens are not toys. I have a golden retriever pup that is 8 weeks old or so and I dont want him to think that the chickens are his chew toys. If you have any suggestions I would love to hear them. Thanks
     
  2. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    I took my 8 week old lab pup to the chicks (they were fairly young at the time, too - less than a month, I think) and would hold a chick up to him and when he showed interest, gave him a firm "NO". When he would look away or ignore them, I'd praise him. He was easy, though. Not all dogs are. But I think it's a good place to start. Just keep exposing him and letting him know that they are not toys. And under no circumstances leave him unsupervised with them. Not for a long, long time.
     
  3. nzpouter

    nzpouter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    introduce it to a mother hen....
     
  4. EmtheFishLady

    EmtheFishLady We're all mad here

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    Quote:This is what I did with my doxie and thus far, it's worked.
     
  5. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We were very lucky as our Border Collie just took right away to chicks and chickens without giving them any bother at all. I did monitor the initial introductions, though.

    Here is atypical pic. of him these days with broody hen behind.

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