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Old 06-04-2013, 03:59 PM
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Indroducing puppy to chickens

Hi Folks,

I have a Jindo pup at just over four months old. She is doing great with most training and is learning her manners (thanks to this forum!), however we are working ourselves up to a bigger challenge: meeting our flock of chickens. Jindos have pretty strong hunting and prey drive so i know the cards are stacked against us a bit, but surely its not impossible to live with both a Jindo and chickens in peace? Actually a big reason we got a dog in the first place is we are having predator issues with our flock.

She has met them through the fence a few times per week. Sometimes she ignores them totally but other times she does a hard stare and gets into a stalky position. I try to break her attention at this point and reward her for looking away or moving away but just last week she bolted up to the chicken pen and jumped on to the fence in a kind of frenzy and now i am a bit worried about the situation.

Any pearls of wisdom out there for making this bird/dog co-habitation a reality? Just stick to the normal re-directing and rewarding for desired behavior? Or is there something more i should be considering?

Finally: I do not play any prey type games with her: no flirt poles, no small fast moving objects (exception being the tennis ball) etc. But this is one heck of a challenge as a chicken must be the funnest thing to chase in her mind....
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This helped with our dogs chasing cats and also extended to the ducks and geese at the park. They dont pay any attention to the ducks or geese any more.
<> DIAMONDS in the RUFF - Cat Chasing <>
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I don't think .I could do Arty with chickens, the work it took to get him him not chase the cat, and she's smart enough to be taught how to behave too.

I can guarante its going to be a LONG work in process, even now at a year and a half, if the cat runs Arty WILL chase.

You may be able to use her prey drive to dstract her, using a flirt pole as a reward maybe. I think trying to stifle that completely will make it worse not better.
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I had a feeling about that ruthcatrin, really have the deck stacked against us! How did you manage with the cat? Did you just positively reinforce the positive behavior and ignore the 'bad' stuff?

Just wondering because we have a cat too and its def a work in progress!!
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Reward good behavior, redirect when he chases (this is where teaching what he CAN chase comes in handy), and when he's to worked up to re-focus time-out.

Somedays he spends alot of time in time-out, though thats happening less and less. And to be fair I probly sholdn't count the days the cat acts like she's got a bur under her tail!

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My dog did kill two of my chickens but it was my kids fault for letting them loose. I never leave them together unattended. When I'm there I can have all of them loose but if my dog gets near one of them I give him the warning signal. I do have them around watching me feed and water the chickens. Training them to listen to your commands is the first step. I think now my dog is bored of them and barely pays attention to them anymore. But I don't take that risk.
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