Tom goes after my dog WHY?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by dmcmil4911, Nov 1, 2013.

  1. dmcmil4911

    dmcmil4911 New Egg

    Jun 6, 2013
    I Have a Tom that is about 6 months old now. He
    Is very tame comes when called I can pet him. He was raised
    With a hen and two geese and a Labrador. He just started going after
    My Labrador the last few days. I have to step in between them and shove
    Him away. Why is he doing this now? They are free range along with my
    Chickens, I don't want to have to pen him up but he can't continue to go
    After the dog because the dog won't do anything to him. Any ideas
    As to why now and why the dog that he used to follow everywhere
    When he was younger.:(
  2. trunkman

    trunkman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 26, 2009
    Rock Hill SC
    My Toms don't go after my dog much but do on occasion, the tom usually waits till the dog is in a position to go to the bathroom then comes toward him to peck but not hurt him. My dog is a chow-pom, very small and usually scared at a leaf dropping but we taught to chase them away but not bite, and it worked for us. It's funny to watch our dog go after a bird 3 times his size..
  3. dmcmil4911

    dmcmil4911 New Egg

    Jun 6, 2013
    The lab was a stray that was by our barn one morning when we went out to feed but is so good with all the animal's, they used to peck him when they were little and he won't do anything he just lets them or gets up and moves. He probably needs to bite him and it would stop it but he won't he's to good natured.
  4. Turkeybabies

    Turkeybabies Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 23, 2013
    I have this same problem. I have 2 toms that were raised with our dogs (black lab/border collie mix and 2 poms) They all of a sudden started going after the 2 poms but never bother the bigger dog. Wish I knew how to break them of this bc now we have to pen them away from the dogs.
  5. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

    Jan 27, 2007
    6 month old jakes are beginning to put out the testosterone. They usually search out sparring partners (jakes practice quite a bit) within their species. However, sometimes any species (or just their own reflection on glass/polished door of car) will do. Try backing him off yourself, a large plastic rake comes in handy in the winter, a garden hose with a good spray head (concentrated stream) will sometimes work during the summer. Back him off and chase with rake until he is at some distance - then walk calmly away. Repeat as needed. It's not unlike training a rooster.

    I'd keep him penned up if no human with a rake is around - just push him with rake and chase him. As soon as he nears dog and A. drops wings, B. stretches neck up perpendicular to body, C. gives out challenge whines/trills - chase him off.
    He'll learn his place in YOUR flock.
  6. frank53061

    frank53061 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ivan3 is 100% on the nose took the words right out of my mouth

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