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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-05-2008, 05:38 PM Thread Starter
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Prey drive

We live in the country in a beautiful area. We are surrounded by cows, horses, and lots of poultry. Our neighbors behind us have chickens, ducks, geese, you name it. Ummm...another word for some of our neighbors is PREY!

Lucky Dog has been awesome around the bigger hooved animals. She doesn't bark or even flinch when we walk by them. However, birds are another story. When Lucky passes a chicken it's all she can do not to add salt! can I train Lucky not to think of chickens as a midday snack?

The chickens are watched over by a pair of border collies who don't seem to be eating them, so I know it's possible. I just have no idea how to get her to ignore them and I worry we could end up in trouble with our neighbors.

Thanks for any ideas!

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Re: Prey drive

Walk Lucky on leash for now until she has been effectively trained in off-lead obedience around such distractions.

Since you are in Germany, you are really in luck, too! Lots of Tierheim here (shelters) offer classes, as do local dog training schools-- in anti-jagt training.. this is anti-hunting training. They use a long dragline to work with the dogs, I think.

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Re: Prey drive

I am going through the same thing, except the chickens are ours and our 7 month old gsd caught, killed, and ate one of them... now I dont know if its possible for her to co-exist with them, SOO I would like to know a remedy to this also!!!
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Re: Prey drive

Interesting to me since we have a working historical farm in our town that welcomes well behaved dogs.Jake turned his head away from oxen -ignored draft horses cows and sheep-interested in boinkink crazy goats.However when we went through chicken/guinea hen/goose area he was fixated with long strings of gooey drool.Do live chickens smell like homemade chicken soup?which Jake adores-won't leave kitchen when it is cooking?
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Re: Prey drive

we have chickens,and the dogs killed them when they got into the outdoor fenced in grazing area for them. They didn't eat them, just killed. My dh got six more a couple weeks later ,and no longer lets them out to graze, he even took the fence down. I know if you train the dogs, long line, call them off when they chase, they should know not to attack. But we weren't so lucky, and it happened on Mothers day last year when I was making my rounds to my (two + inlaw) mothers. I haven't worked the dogs on this yet this spring, but would love for the chix to have free range.Am interested in other training methods, E-collar will be one suggestion, I am sure.

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