LGD Tips?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Ironmaiden, Aug 8, 2011.

  1. Ironmaiden

    Ironmaiden Chicken Maiden

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    Does anyone have any recommendations on books or tips on training a Livestock Guardian pup to guard chickens? Any advice is appreciated.
     
  2. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    I can tell you what I personally do. I have 6 GP's, 3 adult and 3, 5 month olds from my dogs. They are all chicken guardians here, though the 3 puppies are in training but have been very good with them.
    From the time the puppies were born I introduced the smell of chickens to them, held chickens around them and let the chickens eat with them. The best trainers so far have been the geese and swans. They don't take crap and will put the puppies in their place if they get too rough. Slow supervised introduction is the key. My adult dogs I all got around 3 months old. I introduced them slowly to everyone and let them sniff the animals but no paw them or mouth them in any way. There will still be times as puppies where the go through stages, but just be super watchful at those times. they have to learn that the chickens are part of their group, but they can't play with them like they do each other.

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    Puppies waiting their turn so they don't get pecked in the nose bu the bossy girls.

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    Hot and trot........ Zeena with baby Pumba
     
  3. thebritt

    thebritt Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Slow supervised introduction is the key.

    That pretty much covers it.

    Start them as young as possible and be consistent
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  5. Ironmaiden

    Ironmaiden Chicken Maiden

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    Holy COW! That is awesome. Thank you for sharing. I sure wish I had put the pup up with the chickens from the start, but since it was so hot we had him inside the house. I just have a few questions..

    What form of dicipline do you use if the pup "goes for" a chicken? Mine has been pretty good, but there are moments..

    Do yours live with them 24/7 or have a separate pen within the chicken run?

    The pup eats feathers and chicken poop. Would you stop this or is it okay?


    Thank you folks!
     
  6. carolinagirl58

    carolinagirl58 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't think it's possible to get them to stop eating chicken poop. It's free doggie treats as far as they are concerned!
     
  7. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    we had him inside the house

    That's the worst possible thing you can do with a REAL LGD​
     
  8. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:That's the worst possible thing you can do with a REAL LGD

    not necessarily..

    we have a GP who is getting up there in age.. she has arthritis but still takes her job very seriously.. we started her out on goats as a puppy.. she then moved to horses and mini equines.. and now the poultry.. during the day she is "off the clock" where she can come in and rest on a soft bed and take meds for her joint pain if she's having a really bad day.. but come evening she is at the door waiting to go "clock in" to her job as a LGD.. she spends the night with the birds and the minis. stays awake all night and does her best to protect her "family".. in no way does her being in the house affect her performance as a LGD. On days when her arthritis isnt bothering her she chooses to stay with her flock.. but she knows where the soft bed and pain meds are if she needs them

    I think each dog is an individual.. and blanket statements don't cover every dog or situation

    by the way.. she is very much a "REAL" LGD... she will not allow strangers anywhere near her charges.. has killed coyotes and chased off plenty of raccoons and foxes.. I had to lock her up when I had the vet out because she wouldn't allow him to get close to the stud we needed gelded. yes, she takes her job VERY seriously
     
  9. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    by the way.. she is very much a "REAL" LGD... she will not allow strangers anywhere near her charges.. has killed coyotes and chased off plenty of raccoons and foxes.. I had to lock her up when I had the vet out because she wouldn't allow him to get close to the stud we needed gelded. yes, she takes her job VERY seriously

    in no way does her being in the house affect her performance as a LGD.

    She didn't do any of that while she was in the house

    A dog that's not with the animals isn't "guarding" or protecting anything

    The OP is asking about how to train a YOUNG dog, not how to care for an older, ailing animal.
    Yours is a different scenario altogether​
     
  10. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:
    in no way does her being in the house affect her performance as a LGD.

    She didn't do any of that while she was in the house

    A dog that's not with the animals isn't "guarding" or protecting anything

    The OP is asking about how to train a YOUNG dog, not how to care for an older, ailing animal.
    Yours is a different scenario altogether​

    and I was replying to your blanket statement
    just to clarify... as for her not protecting anything in the house.. try coming into our home with her in the house.. she protects the animals we have inside as well as any outside,, she has placed herself in between strangers and the house cats, the brooders full of young birds as well as our parrot.. which are in the house.. as I said before.. she takes her job VERY seriously. And before anyone claims she is guarding property.. nope.. you could walk out of here with the TV and she wouldn't care.. just don't go near any of the brooders or other pets in the home.. cause she will stand her ground
     

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