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

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Posted by Adair Lee on October 28, 2007 at 02:14:05 from (

In Reply to: Re: Re: Breaking a Dog from Killing Chickens posted by Kristin Phillips on October 24, 2007 at 17:11:08:

I've been having the same problem with my Siberian Husky, Kiba. To date, he's killed one of my neighbor's goats, a rooster, a chicken, and injured 2 other goats. Now, my neighbor lives a good bit down the road from us, and so I was obviously shocked to get the call. Thankfully, the neighbor also understood, and did not simply shoot him.

How I've gone about correcting him so far is keeping him on a cable in the yard so he can't leave our home. I know it's hard to hear sometimes, but some of these dogs are just bred to run, and that tends to get them into trouble. I work a really late to early nightshift [5:30pm to 4am or later], so it's really hard to keep an eye on him. So, I cable him when I'm not home or asleep and let him run a little bit when I am.

Is it possible to possible cable/tie your dog somewhere near the chickens where he can see and somewhat interact with them without having free reign to kill them?

Don't think to put a dog down or to get rid of him just for being a dog acting on instincts. Dogs=Predator. Chickens=Prey. It may be very difficult to break them of killing, but perhaps it's just better to keep them contained somehow when you're not able to supervise him. Make sure to interact with him while he's on the cable when you ARE home too, so he doesn't come to resent it and fight against it every time you tie him. I have Kiba trained to where he just walks to the cable every time I say "Let's go!" in a nice, calm voice, and he stands patiently while being cabled. It is meant as somewhat of a punishment, but it shouldn't be approached in such a way to where the dog just "rebels" in a sense.

And maybe get him a different collar that is more secure than a chain. I've had zero trouble out of the regular old collars that fasten like a belt. Best collar I ever paid little money for.

Hope that can be of some help to you! Good luck!!

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