…you don’t need general dog training advice.
You need a reliable method that can intercede
and get it stopped right now.
It does not matter to me whether a dog has killed one or many chickens, how many chickens it’s chased, what breed of dog is involved, or how old the dog is. Dogs don't kill because they have a taste for blood, and only feral dogs need to kill for food. Killing behaviors in our companion dogs can universally be easily and quickly corrected.
See this almost unbelievable transformation in an extreme dog:
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Pause here for a moment and consider just these first two steps, which have nothing to do with chickens. These two steps are so powerfully effective that I personally believe they are the first two things any human should teach their dog.
It stands to reason that, properly done, any training comes easier for a dog when done by someone it already knows and loves. Yet even as a stranger to a dog, I can usually complete these first two steps combined in less than twenty minutes. These two steps are not training, per se; instead, they are telling the dog these two things: "You are to let me lead you, and you can trust me."
From this foundation, of the dog having accepted me as a respected, dominant leader, and my having earned the dog's elevated sense of trust, I can proceed with asking the dog to quickly learn just about anything else I might want. Several years ago, from the book "The Mind of the Dog" by Frederik Jacobus Johannes Buytendijk I learned that a dog will mind you as long as your voice is more interesting than anything else "out there." I have since found that my first two steps are what will make your voice the most interesting thing in the dog's life. Once a dog accepts you as the leader, and trusts you, that dog will then want to do all it can to please you, for the rest of its life.
I promise you, if you accomplish just these easy first two steps effectively, your relationship with your dog will be forever changed for the better, and anything and everything you want to teach or ask of your dog from then on will come easier and faster because of it...including, "Don't kill my chickens," which is where Steps 3 and 4 now come in.
For an explanation of this project, watch these videos:
Absolutely, the average person can accomplish Steps 1 and 2 with their dog, with only the following caveat. Otherwise, regardless of whether you have chickens or not, you can and should do Steps 1 and 2, and your relationship with your dog will be forever better.
If the dog is currently vicious, unpredictable, or otherwise dangerous, Steps 1 and 2 could very likely resolve
those issues. But in such a case you should leave all handling to a professional, for your safety.
I do believe that the average person can apply Steps 3 and 4 and solve the chicken-killing problem in a typical dog, with surprising ease and rapidity. We’re not teaching you how to train dogs, which would require a certain skill with animals. Instead, we’re giving you a specific technique to control and manipulate the dog to give it time to essentially train itself. The dog will come to its own conclusion that it need not grab and kill chickens. Read our blog entry that speaks about the one thing that could lead to failure to reach your goal.
However, before attempting any form of dog training, one must recognize their own limitations, and also assess the severity of the attitude and the physical strength of the dog. Again, if you consider the dog dangerous or unpredictable, leave the handling to a professional or a capable friend. The video can serve as a guide for both you and your handler.
Using the techniques that I demonstrate in this video, I have corrected chicken-killing behavior in dogs in less than 45 minutes. Some dogs have taken longer, of course, but to date we have found our approach to be 100% effective, even with big, strong, difficult dogs.
In soliciting volunteered dogs for this video, I met Ice, that wonderful, loving, chocolate Labrador from the first video above. But with 85 chicken kills to her credit, even after I had Steps 1 and 2 well established Ice continued to turn frenetically insane when in a small pen with a chicken, and proved to be absolutely the most difficult dog I have ever attempted to correct. Along with demonstrations of more typical dogs, my experience with Ice will be featured in our video, start to finish. Admittedly Ice would have been a significant challenge for anyone, even professional trainers. Yet I believe that after studying our video most people will be able to correct a dog that shows similar intensity. I learned something from Ice after that little wrestling match, which I’ll share in our video, and which will now help me avoid ever having to see that type of struggle again. It wasn’t necessary, and on behalf of all dogs and chickens I’ll admit and show you my specific mistakes and an improved strategy. Turns out (speaking of myself), even old dogs can learn new tricks.
Thank you for your interest in our video.
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Bryan J Pulliam