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Smitherman 01-23-2014 03:39 PM

Bad behavior?
My girl is 1 year and 3 months old. I figured after about a year some of her habits would break, but I was wrong. She digs holes close to 1 ft deep, mostly during the summer. She kills the neighbors chickens, it's starting to get bad. How can I correct her behavior? I can't watch her exactly every minute of the day. Also how much more longer will her protective instincts start to kick in, IF she has any. Some dogs are different. She does however become alert when another dog is around our home or around me. Thanks

wyoung2153 01-23-2014 03:45 PM

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Why can't you watch her every second? Just out of curiosity? How is she killing Chickens without you knowing? and are you saying that she doesn't have protective instincts and you want them? What exactly are you looking for with the instincts? sorry a little confused.

Smitherman 01-23-2014 03:51 PM

It's a little hard to watch a 4 year old and the dog as well. I also was a little curious if she had protective instincts or not. If she is at the age she should have them or could she develop them, personally I should not rely upon my dog to protect my family and I. I should protect my family and my dog, just out of curiosity.

wyoung2153 01-23-2014 03:56 PM

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Oh I understand, I would want to know too. Right about now she should be coming around to whatever protectiveness she may show, thought I'm not an expert so don't quote me. Also solid nerved dogs don't tend to bark obsessivly at things unless there is a threat or it has been enforced as a good behavior. The fact that she is showing alertness is a great thing and is what you want.

As for watching her. I suggest crating if you can't watch her.. only because she's not just out playing and laying down somewhere.. she is killing chickens. Do you have a fenced yard? or an area you can contain her without crating if you can't watch her?

David Taggart 01-23-2014 03:58 PM

Digging is natural for dogs. Being of one family with wolves they dig for mice, because mice, rabbits and other small rodents are the main food for wolves ( not a deer as many people think). I have watched a film about wolves in Canada, they can detect a mouse under 4 metres deep snow. There must be something in the ground, if your dog digs so insistantly. But this behaviour stops itself with age and experience, though your dog may start making holes in different places before then. She is bored.
In order to teach her out of chicken hunt you have to train her that chickens are a worthless prey, and they are something to ignore by demonstrating ignorance yourself and redirecting her to a ball. You would need chickens living in your garden for that. Put up a fence, it is easier than training your dog with considerable experience of killing them.

Smitherman 01-23-2014 04:07 PM

Yes my entire yard is fenced

wyoung2153 01-23-2014 04:09 PM

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are the chickens coming into the yard?

Smitherman 01-23-2014 04:11 PM

No she jumps my fence and gets them. Crating her may be the only option I just feel so bad because she's in the tiny crate and can't run or anything.

wyoung2153 01-23-2014 04:12 PM

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How about a tether or something?

Smitherman 01-23-2014 04:17 PM

What is a tether? I've tried a harness but she broke it.

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