The Duck Chronicles Episode Fourteen – Chowing Down on the Green — 3 Comments

  1. Hey jack,
    OK my question is- how do u train your dog’s to leave your chickens and ducks and other livestock alone? My details. I have two pittbulls. The black and white one I have I’m not that worried about messing with livestock. He’s just a big goof ball and I’m sure will be more scared of the animals than they are him. My blue pit bull on the other, which looks a lot like the pittbull that had been abandoned and found her way onto u r property years ago, well I’ve kind of taught him to get Lil creatures away from my property before I got my homestead. I got him when I lived in North Carolina and was in the marine corps. Where I lived we had a bad problem with cats. So naturally I got him to chase the cats away from our house. Ironically he turned In to my mouse hunter, and has caught quite a few in the garage and house lol. But he has also caught and killed other things, like ground hogs. I have trained him well and as for the cats he won’t chase them until I give him permission. But the ground hog was a surprise and the mice too. I let both dogs roam the property that I have, a couple acres out in the country while I’m out in there, they also have one part of the property fenced off for them if I’m not out there but they get out occasionally. They don’t run off though. But anyways I’m really afraid that once I get chickens and ducks they will end up hurting or killing them. How did u train up dogs. I hear you talking about them all the time protecting ur animals. What are some pointers. I don’t want to have to keep them pinned up all the time when I let the livestock free range or vice versa. Sorry for your long message. Thanks for the advice in advance. Just really concerned. Hopefully I won’t have a problem but it still makes me nervous to think about. Is there anything I can to help train and prepare them for the animals I will be adding to my place. Thanks again jack for all that you do

    • Hey Rooster. I free range my chickens and turkeys. I have a pit bull and he’s killed a couple of chickens years ago in my absence. I thought to leave him loose while I was out and eventually a couple came up missing. I suspect he caught and killed two, a chicken and a duck. He played them to death, not eating them. I tied the dead turkey around his neck for a few days. He finally chewed it off. He hasn’t been a problem since, but I don’t leave him loose while I”m gone anymore either. He’s just playful and I figure he was testing the pecking order, if you’ll pardon the pun. If your pits haven’t killed already, I would walk them close to the animals and their pens on a leash and when he gets close to one, yank on him and say no firmly. This will establish a mental baseline for him that it’s unacceptable to get too close to the animals and I mean sniffing range. As for that, he plays and chases the other dogs and goes flying by other animals quite close and I don’t discipline him for that. He’s just having fun. He does mind when I call him. You can’t get around disciplining an animal when they make mistakes. We do the same for humans. If you let bad behavior go unaccounted especially for dogs, they will take a mile when your back is turned, just like some kids. I have a 1″ pvc pipe about three foot long my dogs know. I don’t use it often but will when I have too. They know what it’s for. It’s a walking stick too, so they see me poking and prodding with it, so like a hand, it can be for hurting and healing. You may get lucky and never have your dog kill another animal. But, it that happens, it’s not the end of the world. Dogs make mistakes like people do. Some people tend to overdo it with the “he has to go cause he drew blood” mentality. That may be. But, just let the punishment fit the crime.