Welcome. We’re Excited to Get Started.

Years after I posted comments on how to stop dogs from killing chickens, I continue to get calls from all around the country.  They all start about the same:  “Are you the guy who…?”  “Yup, that’s me,” I’ll say.  And off we go helping another dog owner with a chicken-killer issue.  Problem is, there’s usually at least an hour on the phone, followed by scores of follow-up emails, maybe even another call or two.  And, describing the process verbally can be much like writing an essay on how to tie your shoelaces.

So, about a month ago I got two such calls within a week of one another.  Jay, my able assistant, peered around his computer monitor at me, and asked, “Is it time for that video?”  You see, I’ve talked about creating this video for several years.  Only one thing has kept me from doing it, and that was that despite all my best intentions and desire to be helpful, there would likely be plenty of heartfelt flaming coming my way.  I don’t need it.  If there’s one thing I know, it’s that you can mention anything about any animal on the internet, and passions will fly.  Good grief, just read the help files on CraigsList and you’ll see that they warn you that just about any animal ad will get on somebody’s wrong side.

But finally enough is enough.  Fact is, there are a lot of dogs–the good kind–out there taking unnecessary abuse in well-intended but misguided efforts to stop a behavior that comes pretty natural to them.  So, yes, it’s time to step up to the plate, and help those wonderful friends and their keepers.  No longer should I hide, insulating myself from internet trolls belching forth their venom.

Stopping dogs from killing chickens has been easy for me.  Simple.  Fun, in fact.  Yet I’ve come to realize that for most people it is a serious, difficult challenge.  And, it’s a big, widespread problem.  Just Google “Stop Chicken Killer Dogs.”  You’ll see this is one hot topic.  We have scoured the Internet looking for good, sensible information on this topic, and just can’t find it.  No wonder I’m getting those calls!

So, how potentially big is this problem?  I found an article which estimated that as many as 750,000 families own at least one chicken.  Hmm….  I wasn’t too impressed, until I realized that article was talking only about households in Britain. If one could know how many homes in America have chickens, even that would tell maybe a third of the story…because on each side of most of them is a neighbor.  And neighbors have dogs.

We are in the process right now of working with volunteered dogs, and collecting about 5,000 times too many minutes of great video.  We’ll do our best to pare it all down for you to about an hour long presentation.  So join with us in this exciting project. Sign up early for being notified when it becomes available, and start contributing your stories to our blog.  Whatever posts come in, I’ll start to fashion pages to accommodate.

Now that it’s actually under way, I wonder why I’ve waited.  I guess I was chicken.

–Bryan

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8 Responses to Welcome. We’re Excited to Get Started.

  1. Dale says:

    …informative, easy read. and I like the final comment..”I guess I was chicken” :)
    This let’s me know you are someone that has a sense of humor and is truly interested in helping.

  2. Hello! I am Shelly with MS Gatton Ranch Australian Shepherds. I had the pleasure of working with Brian in his effort to get this video up and going using one of our beloved females Onyx. She had gotten a hold of my precious kitty on Christmas morning and well he was near death when I got out the door in bare feet and jammys in 12 inches of snow. I contacted Brian to see if Onyx could be a test subject with the Cat being the issue for Onyx not a chicken. Happy to hear that he would come out and show me his method and work with our girl. Well Brian worked about 20 minutes building a relationship and elevated trust with her and all be darn if she wasnt in the pen with my cat and not trying to kill her. The cat alittle nervous got down and made her way over to jump out and up the fence, and Onyx showed no elevated excitement over it at all. I have used the method on a pup I have in the house…a male with lots of energy and paired up with the other female (his sister) in the house they can get overly rowdy at times and being just pups it has taken me sometimes 5 minutes in the past to get them to just calm down. I have noticed that in using the method I am getting obiedence much faster and the respect shown by my animals for my authority has been hugely changed. This is a kind loving way to earn trust and respect from your dog. In my experience it is a quick and easy way to get on a new path with your dog that also promotes the safety of other defenseless animals at your home or someone elses. Thanks Brian!!

  3. betty freeman says:

    I need help I have a two year old female border collie who herds her goats an her
    2 half brothers are coming to stay with us for a while. happy kills chickens ad i need her to stop before she decides to kill the beighboors chicken an get her brothers doing it. I am in a wheel chair and need to keep her

    • admin says:

      Hi, Betty. I am confident that if you find someone to watch the video, who is willing to work with your dog, that they will be able to help you with the issue. Almost anyone can do these steps. This process is not difficult, but it is always effective. And Border collies are not normally aggressive chicken killers. Although young dogs can get pretty excited and kill them, this is a breed that is usually pretty easy to correct.

      I have considered placing an offer on the site to take on dogs for a fee. What state do you live in? I am in Kansas.

      –Bryan

  4. Lynn Swearingen says:

    This all makes sense. Anytime you can establish respect and a relationship with a horse or dog without pain, fear, or intimidation, you are home free!

    I bought the video series for these reasons; no chickens (yet) to worry about, but I do have to deal with a tough Jack Russell Terrier, who is going to get himself killed (coyotes) if I don’t get this respect and relationship (with trust) down.

    • admin says:

      Terriers are different, aren’t they? I would be amused to see you do Step 2 with your Jack Russell. If it’s like most, it will at first go nuts, so watch out for scratching…unless you’ve done similar with him before. I did recently see one J.R. puppy that was so okay with this, I would have thought it had been done with him a thousand times already. But this Step 2 is, in my experience, the magic bullet that makes it all work. If you get that down, then your dog will learn to listen to you like never before, and that is what will help get this coyote thing under control. What you need is for your dog to listen to you when it is chasing something far away from you, for your voice to be more important than the chase. The trust level I get with Step 2 is, I believe, what gets you there with a dog.

  5. Matthew Keenan says:

    Bryan:
    I just ordered your videos and am looking forward to viewing them and getting my Rat Terrier to behave better, especially with my other barnyard animals and with other behavioral issues. I enjoyed our conversation this morning (26th April) and look forward to being able to report much progress in the near future.

    I hope you had a wonderful day.

    • admin says:

      Matthew, I’m glad that you, like some others, get the fact that this technique will help with many behaviors beyond chicken killing. I also enjoyed the conversation. Some came out of it that is leading to my next blog. I think you’ll enjoy seeing it. –Bryan

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