Training Dogs Not To Kill Chickens

| 5/16/2017 12:54:00 PM

Tags: dog training, poultry raising, John Klar, Vermont,


When our German Shepard Sara displayed a predilection for eating our laying hens, I admonished her sharply. She killed another, and I admonished her more sternly. I chained her up, but she wanted to run, and as soon as we trusted her and she knew we were distracted, she’d sneak off and prey on another hapless bird.

Complaining to an old farmer about this unfarmerly dog’s behavior, he shrugged and advised simply (with a New England drawl). “Tie it to ‘er neck.”

“What?” I asked, with a little surprise.

“Tie the dead chicken to ‘er neck. She’ll stop.” the old Vermonter advised.

“How long?” I inquired.

9/1/2017 2:35:02 PM

This is wrong on so many levels... to encourage and spread this kind of outdated myth, that appears to have worked for this one dog does not give it any , not any level of effectiveness. I'll repeat what I have said many times... to train your dog to chickens, you must SUPERVISE, TRAIN, REWARD GOOD BEHAVIOR. You know all the tents of good dog behavior modification. Until your dog is trained you must protect your chickens from them.

9/1/2017 1:12:07 PM There are far more humane and intelligent ways to rear up real Livestock Guardian Dogs with poultry. Shame on MEN for publishing such abusive and amateurish content.

9/1/2017 12:23:21 PM

Nothing healthier than maggots in your dogs fur. Stupid advice. I'm surprised at you folks at Mother Earth News.

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