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Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Breaking a Dog from Killing Ch

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Posted by rsl on March 20, 2005 at 16:10:21 from (

In Reply to: Re: Re: Re: Re: Breaking a Dog from Killing Chicke posted by Kevin Lacy on February 07, 2005 at 05:27:23:

I'm not expert but from what I've read, beating a dog is usually counterproductive (it just learns to fear you and will probably end up biting you out of fear).

I've heard of the "beating the dog" with the dead chicken trick but it seems to be an "old wive's tale".

I've only heard of three methods which seem to work:

1) The old electro-shock treatment - connect the dead chicken to some wires and let the dog "play" with it...after some shocks, it's not very enthusiastic any more about playing with chickens.

2) Tying the dead chicken around its neck until the chicken falls off...after dragging this smelly thing around, most dogs seem to be totally "off" chickens.

3) When they're really small pups, release the dog in the yard with the chickens...close supervision is required because the puppy could get hurt. Usually, the puppy will approach the chickens out of curiosity...and the chickens will ATTACK, resulting in the puppy running back to you in total fear. This seems to stick in the puppy's mind.

BTW - to those people who think shooting a dog that's attacking chickens is "cruel", you should realize that for many people, those chickens are a source of their livelihood. Also, a dog that is no longer controllable, is not a pet anymore, it is a THREAT. Yes, chasing chickens is natural for dogs. However, a decent degree of training (requiring a bit of time and or monetary expense) should suppress this behavior in most dogs. But if it's a neighbor's dog and he refuses to take steps to correct his dog's behavior, the only recourse you have is to shoot it. Animal lovers should realize that animals are animals are not furry human beings or walking stuffed animals.

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