can dogs be cured of killing chickens

Reply Mon 12 Jul, 2010 07:51 pm
I grew up on a hobby farm and dealt with the loss of numerous animals due to neighbourhood dogs. Based on my experience and info gathered to combat this problem, it is usually very difficult to "cure" a dog of its desire/instinct to kill an animal once it has gotten a taste for blood. Given the opportunity, the dog will likely kill again. I do not believe training should be viewed as futile (behavioral and obedience traing of a dog is always a good idea), but think you should consider other options to keep the chickens safe. The most obvious solution (without knowing your property set-up or if your dog is more outdoor than in, generally supervised or alone, etc) would seem to be containing your dog. Possible options could be fencing the yard, building a run, or having the dog secured by a rope/lead. My dog was an escape artist when she was younger, and I kept her tied up whenever she spent time outside. I used a very long rope so she lots of room, tied either to a tree trunk or to a metal stake in the ground (sold at most pet stores). A lead connected to a long clothesline also works. Of course if a dog is secured anywhere outside, it should be for limited times, be frequently checked on, have access to shelter and water, and away from anything it could jump/climb over (ie. a fence) and hang itself. I hope you are able to find something that works to keep both the chickens alive and your dog happy. I'm a huge dog nut and its always nice to hear of one in need being taken in to a loving home Smile Best of luck!
Reply Mon 12 Jul, 2010 08:51 pm
Thank you, I have her on a run and I give her a good walk in the am and pm. Never did tell the landlord about the rooster and he never mentioned that one of his roosters had gone to heaven. Hopefully she is going to a permanent home in Portland, Or. or to another family here in Hawaii.

Either way, it is going to hard to give her up in that I have fallen in love with her.

I just have to keep her restrained at all times, but she is used to that.

Reply Mon 12 Jul, 2010 08:52 pm
or get her a chicken to play with...

Reply Mon 12 Jul, 2010 09:07 pm
Sadist you are going to drive me to Drunk
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April henderson
Reply Sat 4 May, 2019 01:11 pm
How to cure dog from killing things.

My dog Roxie is a Rottweiler and she loves to kill animals and insects and chase us around whith it in her mouth. Now I know that is discussing but it is normal. So how I fixed this is I sat her down and made her watch me clean it up then hit her very lightly on the nose and told her to go. And after that I had no more problems after that.
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Reply Sun 26 May, 2019 09:30 pm
Actually, not all dogs kill a chicken, it depends on their breed and how you trained them.
Reply Mon 27 May, 2019 06:33 am
Good advice but in the future you might want to check the datestamp of OP. This thread is from 9 years ago and has been dormant since. All the chickens 🐔 🐔 went home to roast.
Reply Tue 28 May, 2019 05:46 am
Likely one or two of the chickens have become delicious Parmigiana....
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Reply Tue 28 May, 2019 05:55 am
Not to belabor anything semi agricultural but Ive lost ALL of my chickens in the last 2 weeks. It appears a fox has got a den with pups. I shoulda taken the hint when the fiirst two disappeared . I shoulda rounded em all up and put them into their field coop where the komondoor patrols to protect the sheep.
BUT, alas, No delicious home raised eggs for several months.( butI have a new delivery of mature pullets on June 11 and these will be half "easter eggers" . The fox pups should be all growed up and kicked outta the hive when mamma gets tired of feeding them (You can see when schools in, momma fox will be seen out in bigger fields "Hiding" woodchuck carccae so the pups learn to hunt and gather.
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