|10-20-2013 08:17 PM|
|jolyvette||Jakoda: yes, supervised from now on. Our chickens are (were) free-range, but do have a run and a coop. Looks like it may be time to put them in their coop.|
|10-20-2013 08:14 PM|
|jolyvette||This is where I also get confused and start thinking things like maybe he loves the hen and wants it to be his friend. But I can't tell if I am humanizing him with those assumptions? He has never killed anything, has minimal prey drive, and used an incredibly gentle mouth with the hen. Regardless, he cannot do that anymore...but I would like to be able to leave them outside together as he provides a protective presence. I won't leave them alone together right now. It leaves me scratching my head. Could it have been as simple as he wanted to cart the chicken to his spot and the chicken let him? (wise little hen to go limp!)|
|10-20-2013 08:12 PM|
|JakodaCD OA||I have chickens, and tho my gsd is fine with them, I wouldn't leave her unattended with them, I don't trust her 100% with them, anything could happen/set a dog off to decide to 'off' the chickens..|
|10-20-2013 06:56 PM|
|llombardo||I would think that if he wanted that hen dead it would be dead. I'm kinda wondering what stopped him from killing it right on the spot.|
|10-20-2013 06:52 PM|
"Retrieved" a hen...
My 8 yr old male (non-neutered) GSD came trotting past the window with a limp hen in his mouth this morning. I called him, he dropped the hen (not a scratch on her, she ran off) and came. He has not shown aggressive behavior towards the chickens although in the last two weeks he has been singling out this particular hen. He has herded them before and followed them. Please help me understand this so that I am keeping his behavior in the right perspective. Am I right to assume that this is the beginning of him killing chickens? We do need to work with him more. He is very well-trained, but there are some other issues slowly creeping up that need to be addressed as well. No food aggression, but will growl and guard a space sometimes.