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Re: Breaking a Dog from Killing Chickens

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Posted by dude on July 04, 2009 at 04:40:30 from (

In Reply to: Breaking a Dog from Killing Chickens posted by Dreamweaver on September 10, 2001 at 05:30:30:

I have had problems with my dogs attacking chickens, ducklings, and goslings. Our grt. pyrs who were supposed to be their guardians would play with them until they died. We neutered the dogs and that solved that problem. However, we have a Chihuahua who chases every animal that moves when the mood suits him. While we praise him for killing gophers, the first time he killed baby poultry, we sharply reprimanded him and rubbed his nose in the poor little creatures body and yelled no. The second time he killed through the pen. We again reprimanded him and placed him in isolation for a few hours. Four two days he went about showing his shame. Yesterday, he jumped into the outdoor pen and killed 8 more babies. He is sleeping outside in a kennel tonight with a carcass as his sole companion. I don't know if it will break him of his habit but it is worth a try. I can't sleep because I feel bad for him but I also feel bad that he killed innocent little goslings. I am at my wits end. Sometimes, there are no solutions other than a new home. We had another dog who attacked our sheep. After trying muzzles (which he learned to remove), e-collar (which in two weeks he learned he could withstand some shock and then reach freedom and the sheep, and 3 large chain link kennels (which he chewed and broke through) we finally relocated him to another home. Anyhow, for some dogs, their predatory instinct is very strong.

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