Keilan and the lambs
Where to start? . . . About 5 weeks ago our family brought Keilan home. He's almost 2, was raised by LauraC, and is a wonderful dog in the house, on a leash, out in public, etc.
The problem we are having is with him and our livestock. I don't think the problem is aggression. He's happy barking, good body language, but he just gets to excited. In the past few weeks he has managed to de-feather 2 roosters, crash through the chicken coop fencing and gate, and is now charging at the fence, barking at the lambs and trying to chase them. These lambs are only a few weeks old--so they are fairly helpless.
When we brought him home we let him sniff the sheep, praised him for approaching the fence quietly, and taught him "shush." So it isn't like we just turned him out into the dog yard and expected him to be good. He also charges the bedroom window when he can see a lamb out it. I'm afraid he's going to get hurt.
I've tried no, shush, stop it, doing his training sessions near the fence so he has them as a distraction, getting treats right in his face as he attempts to charge the fence (to distract him), taking him out only on lead (nearly lost my arm that day!), and many other techniques. He just seems bent on getting to those poor lambs.
I am looking for suggestions, help, advice, encouragement . . .
I have to get this under control before he teaches Jake bad manners. Jake was raised around the livestock and he knows better. In fact he comes and sits on the porch when Keilan gets ready to run for it. He doesn't like all the barking -- nor does he like it when his mama gets upset.
Max (GSD) June 1997 to Sept 2006
Jake (GSD) Oct 2008
Keilan (GSD) May 2007