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Posted by rdg_runner on May 10, 2006 at 02:40:09 from (188.8.131.52):
In Reply to: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Breaking a Dog from Killing Ch posted by dale on April 19, 2006 at 15:20:30:
I have worked with dogs all my life. While in rescue work I have over 75 dogs through in 1 yr. I have found several methods that work but none are 100% as each dog has a different personality. One of my dogs shaming him and tying a dead chicken around his neck for 1/2 a day and he never touched another. A shock collar works good for dog who have a bit more zeal for chicken chasing. Go to where the dog can't see you (if he's smart enough to know not to do it when your looking) right before he catches a chicken shock him. Use the lightest shock that is effective. Only allow your dog availibility to the chickens when you can use this procedure until the dog associates chasing chickens with a shock. Another good method but is time consuming is as someone else mentions desesitsing keeping the dog house with the dog on a chain next to the chicken pen. What I found works for neighbor dogs is bottle rockets that scream and bang, a small bud vase works good for aiming. Of course you have to see the dog coming.
A chicken killing dog must be dealt with. For those who think some of procedures are cruel the options if the killing continues can be much worse, life on a chain or in a pen, euthanasia, or worse a bullet. Bottom line is several dogs I have owned could not be stopped including a 9lb min pin who killed seven chickens in one round. We came home to find a dead chicken every few feet from the doggie door, up the stairs to the bedroom. Those beloved dogs had to be adopted out to new homes in the city. I have never cured any type of husky or husky mix from killing chickens. A true chicken killer cannot be cured but most dogs its the thrill of the chase and more of a sport and usually can be stopped. I have never found hitting to be effective as by the time you get hold of the dog they've forgotten what they were in trouble for. It will also make the dog hard to catch next time.
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