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Re: Re: Re: Re: Breaking a Dog from Killing Chicke

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Posted by Kevin Lacy on February 07, 2005 at 05:27:23 from (

In Reply to: Re: Re: Re: Breaking a Dog from Killing Chickens posted by hm on March 08, 2004 at 12:40:46:

First train your dog! Dogs are pack animals and will respect other pack members. First convince your dog that you are the pack leader (alpha dog) then make sure each other family member is higher up the echilon than the dog. This can be done by pretending to eat the dog's food before you give it to the dog, ignoring the dog completely when returning from a journey etc. There are many other strategies for putting a dog in it's place. NONE REQUIRING VIOLENCE.(Ref: "The Dog Listener" by Jan Fennell {Harper Collins).
Once the dog knows it's place then introduce it to the hens. Use rewards - not punishment - and treat the hens the same way as you treat the dog. Amazingly quickly the dog regards the hens as pack members and will take good care of them.
This works (or am I just lucky?) the only draw back is that the dog tries to eat the hen's food!
By the way, at the moment my hen guard is an Airedale Terrier called Parsley.
Otherwise get a Border Collie whose herding instincts over ride it's need to kill.

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