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Old 03-09-2012, 07:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Kind of an interesting "How do I?" question I'm asking. We live on a farm in the hills of Oregon. 22 acres. None of it is securely fenced (primitive wire and treeline fencing), but that really isn't a problem with my German Shepherd, since he is pretty much a velcro dog, and has a good recall sense built into him.

My issue is with deer. He used to not pay much mind, but now that he is getting older, some of the "Guard Mode" instincts are kicking in, and when he sees them (especially at night), his hackles raise, lets out his deep "wuff" short barks, and chases them off. So far, he's done good when I've shouted out his name and given my recall whistle...

...but is there a way to curb this from even happening, and to just ignore the deer? It's probably a small possibility that he would tear off and ignore my recall, but, any possibility is worrisome for me.
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I know folks who raise goats and the dog gets used to ignoring the goats who are much like deer - the goats are just for that purpose.
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Old 03-09-2012, 07:51 AM   #3 (permalink)
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i'm in the woods a lot with our dog
and we see deer, chipmonks, geese,
ducks, people riding horses, joggers,
walkers, bikers, dogs, cars and one couple
walking their cat. i didn't train my dog
not to chase deer specifically but i think
in training him not to chase all of the above
he doesn't chase deer.
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i'm in the woods a lot with our dog
and we see deer, chipmonks, geese,
ducks, people riding horses, joggers,
walkers, bikers, dogs, cars and one couple
walking their cat. i didn't train my dog
not to chase deer specifically but i think
in training him not to chase all of the above
he doesn't chase deer.
Is that information supposed to help the OP? If so, how? Rhetorical questions.

He is in the "How do I" section, asking how to prevent his dog chasing deer. All you have said is that you taught your dog not to chase things. So you are suggesting he teach his dog not to chase things.
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Old 03-09-2012, 08:20 AM   #5 (permalink)
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what i'm saying is; by teaching my dog not
to chase things i think he learned not to
chase deer. we were on a farm and we walked
through 100 chickens and he never reacted (not leashed). i
never specifically taught him not to chas chickens
i'm thinking by teaching them not to chase things it'll carry over to deer.
the OP said he can call his dog to him when he does react to deer
so he has controll over his dog when it wants to chase deer.

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i'm in the woods a lot with our dog and we see deer,
chipmonks, geese, ducks, people riding horses, joggers,
walkers, bikers, dogs, cars and one couple walking their cat.
i didn't train my dog not to chase deer specifically but i think
in training him not to chase all of the above he doesn't chase deer.
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Is that information supposed to help the OP? If so, how? Rhetorical questions.

He is in the "How do I" section, asking how to prevent his dog chasing deer. All you have said is that you taught your dog not to chase things. So you are suggesting he teach his dog not to chase things.
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Old 03-09-2012, 08:45 AM   #6 (permalink)
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How did you teach it? We have a fenced yard front and back. We have goats (he was raised with them). Yet he reacts everytime he sees them. I also took Rocky off leash hiking and he had great recall until he reached a year old. Now he is being a challenge child! Maybe you got lucky with your dog or maybe you taught him without realizing it. I don't know but the ones of us who have reactive dogs can get fraustrated with this situation.
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Even in your response you have not indicated how to train for this, all you said is that you did it.

Do you really believe anything you have written in this thread will clarify for the OP how to go about training his dog not to chase things? If your final advice is to recall the dog when he starts to chase, you sure took a long path to get there. On top of that, he is already doing that and he is asking how to get to the next step.

If he knew how to train his dog not to chase things, he wouldn't be here asking about it. Telling him he needs to train his dog not to chase things, and that the training will carry over to deer, is useless.

In most of your replies you suggest getting a trainer, and in the rest of them, you are saying how well trained your dog is without any attempt to explain how to deal with behavioral issues. Good for you and your dog, but that doesn't help anyone or their dogs.
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I don't have an answer either. They say in training you should make yourself the most fun thing for the dog. and training a reliable recall and stay. When I didn't feel confident that my dog would come back I used an e-collar-didn't have to use it often but it helped. Its also good to have someone show you how to use it properly
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I've considered an e collar but the expense(at the moment) is a hinderance.
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I hate to give the answer that most would disagree with, but I recently watched dome dog training show on TV, and it was about your problem...

The trainer used an E-collar. It was brief, and very effective. He put the E-collar on the dog, and as soon as the dog gave the attention to the deer, he vibrated the e-collar. The dog made an immediate u-turn. He used it under various, similar conditions, and in a brief time, the dog knew not to chase animals.
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