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"Spank your dog with a dead chicken"

I am not making this up. I belong to a homesteading group on Facebook. Someone (not me) posed a question about raising backyard chickens around a high prey drive dog, and how they should go about training the dog not to chase and kill the chickens.

Someone actually gave the following advice...
We have two labs, among other dogs... I introduced the chicks the labs, while they were still young and not so "quick". I told the labs that their lives would be over if anything happened to these chickens. I.E. : I put the FEAR OF GOD into them regarding chickens. Only one, Rhoda, lost her life to a lab, and I believe the lab was just playing with her til she stopped moving. Regardless, the lab was spanked with Rhoda's dead body, and I kept showing them the dead chicken and reminding them how bad it was to kill things. Usually now when they go outside, they think "the chickens don't exist, the chickens don't exist". I know its not a conventional approach, but I don't think any kind of positive reinforcement works when there is murder involved.


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A friend of mine used the "spank with dead chicken" approach with her border collie and it only "sort of" worked.





What should I say?

Also, does anyone else think it's kinda weird that she refers to the chicken by it's name, but not her dog?

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Egads! I have no advice I just saw the title of this post and well...had to see what was up. It sounded like some kinda porn movie, lol!

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I think that person is crazynuts.

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I've heard the "tie the dead chicken around the dogs neck" theory to stop them from killing chickens, but not the spank them with a dead chicken.

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I have heard of hanging a dead chicken around their neck for a week, too.

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I've heard the "tie the dead chicken around the dogs neck" theory to stop them from killing chickens, but not the spank them with a dead chicken.
With out a doubt, that meathod does NOT work. Speaking from experiance here. I used to have Aussies. I came home from an out of town horse show. As I was pulling past the house I noticed all the dogs in the back yard, and each had a hay string tied around thier necks. I totally freaked! I slammed the truck in park and ran into the house.

Hubby was sitting in the office and I said, "Why do all the dogs have hay strings around thier necks?" He said, "No, they have dead chickens around their necks." I replied, "What? Are they invisable dead chickens?"

Apparently he let the dogs out and they got into the chicken coop, and killed most of the chickens. Hubby's dad told him this meathod would keep them from ever doing it again. Nope, didn't work. I imagine they all sat around in a circle eating eachother's chicken. Nothing was left, just feathers everwhere.

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I have heard of hanging a dead chicken around their neck for a week, too.
That's one of them there old timey fixes.

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I guess you can tell her to save Rhoda until she rots so she can duct tape it to the dog's muzzle, that'll teach them to stay out of the trash. Kind of killing two dog behaviors with the same bird.

(BTW, someone wanting me to sell them a puppy told me about the taping rotted meat on the muzzle technique.)

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Someone actually gave the following advice...
We have two labs, among other dogs... I introduced the chicks the labs, while they were still young and not so "quick". I told the labs that their lives would be over if anything happened to these chickens. I.E. : I put the FEAR OF GOD into them regarding chickens. Only one, Rhoda, lost her life to a lab, and I believe the lab was just playing with her til she stopped moving. Regardless, the lab was spanked with Rhoda's dead body, and I kept showing them the dead chicken and reminding them how bad it was to kill things. Usually now when they go outside, they think "the chickens don't exist, the chickens don't exist". I know its not a conventional approach, but I don't think any kind of positive reinforcement works when there is murder involved.

Someone else replied with this:
A friend of mine used the "spank with dead chicken" approach with her border collie and it only "sort of" worked.





What should I say?

Also, does anyone else think it's kinda weird that she refers to the chicken by it's name, but not her dog?
hahahahahahahahahaha sorry i know its wrong but thats hlarious..omg who does somehting like that..it'd be like spanking a cat with a native bird or if you had other pets and one was killed would u just whack the dog with it so it knows not to touch the rest?? wow and yeah obviously has a closer bond with the chickens than the lab as they have names yet the lab doesnt seem to lol.. some mothers do 'av em!!
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