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Old 11-20-2012, 02:40 PM
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Poultry guard training

So we just picked up a 13 week old Akbash male last night, pictured here:
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We got him to guard our poultry against this:
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A breeding pair of great horned owls have moved in and are doing an excellent job of killing all our poultry off. We have a variety of species, some seen here:
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So realizing he is very young we know he won't be much protection but it's important to get him in and socialized with the poultry soon, I think. We've never trained a dog to guard poultry before. We have a great pyrenees, seen here:
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He's 3 years old and while great at watching the kids (really priceless as a nanny) and the house he's not so awesome with the birds. He LOVES to chase them. He's never killed one but he does love to give a good chase.

Any tips?
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Seems like its a lot to expect a young pup to fight off an owl yet. The owl could really hurt him.

I'd be most concerned at this stage with getting the puppy to feel like the poultry are part of his "family"... that is forming a bond with the poultry.

It might be your job to deal with the owl right now, until the puppy is older.
Keep in mind a 13 week old puppy is about like a human toddler. Don't expect too much from him yet. Get your foundation going strong first, which would be the bonding with the flock. Once he's older, protective instinct is more likely to take over when needed.
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I should have been a bit more specific. I'm not really expecting him to fight off 2 full grown great horned owls. We have plans to keep our great pyr in the chicken run with him until he is of an age to be left by himself. Our great pyr has a different job in the house so we don't want him to be the permanent guard. Plus he is a fence jumper and poultry chaser so he'll have to be leashed in the chicken run which is a pain. Ok for temporary but I'd like to get the pup off on the right foot to accomplish his job in the future. Also, this is just his day job. We lock the birds up at night so at night he'll come join the family inside and all of our dogs sleep in our bedroom with us. So they're kind of like working family pets.

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Seems like its a lot to expect a young pup to fight off an owl yet. The owl could really hurt him.

I'd be most concerned at this stage with getting the puppy to feel like the poultry are part of his "family"... that is forming a bond with the poultry.

It might be your job to deal with the owl right now, until the puppy is older.
Keep in mind a 13 week old puppy is about like a human toddler. Don't expect too much from him yet. Get your foundation going strong first, which would be the bonding with the flock. Once he's older, protective instinct is more likely to take over when needed.
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I would start here: Livestock Guardian Dogs (some of their links are broken, its been a while since it was updated)

I'd also suggest contacting the owner of Crazy K Farm, they do small livestock rescue and utilize a variety of LGDs on the property. Tobi's a very nice lady and if she can't help you she'll point you in the right direction.
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