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Re: Re: Re: Breaking a Dog from Killing Chickens

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Posted by hm on March 08, 2004 at 12:45:50 from (

In Reply to: Re: Re: Breaking a Dog from Killing Chickens posted by Michele on November 24, 2003 at 23:20:15:

You should NEVER EVER EVER physically harm a dog to punish it. Not only is this cruel and inhumane-and often ineffective, but it can cause severe mental problems in the dog (human aggression, fear, fear biting, unpredictability).
Dogs are natural predators - they can and often do catch/attack small animals. If this is a problem you must simply make sure the chickens or other animals are safely contained, and the dog is not allowed to roam in their area (this is what I do, I have a six foot fence around the chickens to deter predators and loose dogs, including my own!). There are also dozens of effective ways of training a dog using positive motivation/reward or clicker techniques.
Again I stress that physically hurting a dog will do more harm than good, and it is certainly illegal to harm an animal in this way. Dogs are animals after all, and they will not be able to rationalize your abuse. If you feel you must "smack the dog around to teach him a lesson", I hope you will have no contact with dogs in your life, ever. If most people saw you punish the dog in the ways you have described, rest assured that you would soon be reported to the police and your dog would quickly be placed in a proper home, where its new owners will have to deal with the problems caused by your abuse.

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