Training My Dog Not to Kill the Chickens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by DavidKerk, Mar 9, 2014.

  1. DavidKerk

    DavidKerk Songster

    Feb 9, 2013
    Hi all, I recently got a 6 month old lab/(probably beagle) mix. I have been able to teach my past dogs to behave around chickens but wanted advice for how to train him. He really just wants to smell them but then they start to flap around and he gets aggressive. He only pays attention to them when I go out to the coop to do something. Other than that, he ignores them, but in the spring I want to start free-ranging again so the chickens will be in direct contact with him often. Any advice? How should I train him to not kill them?

  2. chickencoop789

    chickencoop789 Songster

    Jul 1, 2012
    New Jersey
    What I did with my dog was, I let him run around the yard with all of the chickens free ranging (supervised, of course. If the dog started to get aggressive then I put him back inside). He would chase them at first and then eventually got bored. When he wasn't really paying attention to the chickens, they would come over to investigate what he was doing. Then he would chase them again. After a week or two, he didn't even pay attention to the chickens at all. He just walks around, does his business, and then comes back inside. No chasing or aggression at all.
    Hope this helped a little!
  3. Lizzyliz246

    Lizzyliz246 In the Brooder

    Mar 2, 2014
    Naples, FL
    My Coop
    Let it ride. They probably won't be able to catch one. :p
    We have 2 dogs. They would chase them around when we first let them out, but they grow used to them quickly.

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