Preparing your dog for Poultry Defense
Breeds of study dogs. This is important even if there’s a dog you already have. Some breeds of dog are conditioned to be more prey-driven than others, making the dogs around your flock less trustworthy. Knowing if your dog is prey motivated will prepare you for the necessity of that disposition for careful and consistent training dogs. Some of the best dogs for defending chickens are:
Get a dog to train your current one, or train it. It is best to train a dog from puppy to adult, but if you think your dog has what it takes, all your dog needs may be consistent and straightforward training. Note, while training your dog, to:
Using succinct commands – you can teach your dog to ignore you by repeating a command over and over.
Reward generously – positive reinforcement will mitigate violent tendencies and instil obedient reaction, like a treat or verbal encouragement.
Train cheerfully – Dogs are receptive to the voice and body language of a human tone. In the training experience, the dog is your comrade and a companion with you; kind care can go a long way towards obedient reaction.
Gather the necessary instruments for the job. There are several different views about the right form of training for any dog, but every dog will be different when it comes to it. Trust your instincts and your knowledge of your animal, but consider using the following tools to assist in training:
- Muzzles (optional)
- Shock Necklace (optional)
- Delights (for reward)
Be mindful of the psychology of puppies. Planning your training to take place prior to meals can be successful. Your dog would be a little hungrier than usual in this way, which will make him more attentive to the treats you use as a reward. It’s best not to push your training if your dog ever appears to be overheated, tired, or too rambunctious.
If you get irritated with your dog during your training session, don’t get upset at him or scream at him excessively. Dogs with mild temperaments can become nervous or stop paying attention without reason to trainers who scream. Simply end your session early and try again later if you are upset.
Know the advantages of preparing for positive reinforcement. In order to enable your dog to conduct training exercises and respond to signals, such as a spoken command, sound, or gesture, this method of training relies on treatments. The more enticing a treat is, the more your dog will be inspired to receive it, so you can experiment with discovering the treatment for which your dog will strive hardest. When you have a good treat, such as small bits of cut up hot dog or dog biscuits, you should train with positive reinforcement:
Explain the training objective to your dog. “shake hands,”shake hands,”Sit.”Sit.
Instant reward for responding to a cue/command.
Using the same set of commands/signals for all members of the family.
Be prepared to reinforce good conduct connected with chicken. Whenever your dog responds to one of your indications/commands, have a treat ready to reward it, especially those related to your chickens. Just reward clear positive behaviour; you don’t want your dog to equate a negative action with getting a treat, such as barking or chasing your chickens.
In a safe environment, desensitise your dog. The more distractions there are, the harder it will be for you to keep the attention of your dog while practising. Most expert trainers begin introducing themselves to livestock in a secure, fenced area at the age of 9 weeks. Your puppy will get more familiar with your chickens in this way.
When age is suitable, repair your dog. For male dogs, this is particularly important. Male dogs may suffer from violence and distracted conduct without neutering. Your pup’s chicken guard training would go much more smoothly by limiting your dog’s offensive hormones by having it fixed.
With as few distractions as possible, prepare. If you’re hurried, with the growth of your puppy, you can get upset more quickly than usual, which can have a negative effect on training. Interruptions, too, during a training session, including your mobile phone, can lead to misunderstanding.
Teach Command Basics. Before you allow your grown (or growing) dog to go toe-to-talon with your chickens, your dogs should know all the basic commands, like sit, down, come, and stay. Via short training sessions that use positive incentives combined with simple, concise commands, these can most effectively be educated. However, in a poultry protector’s language, the most important order is probably: leave it.
With meat, cheese, or some other form of treat, the leave it command can be trained. Gather a decent number of treats, and then bring the dog in place.
In front of your dog, put a treat and tell him to leave it.
Block it with your hand and send a strong, negative answer, such as “Ah” or “No.” when the dog makes his move for the meat.
Reward your dog with a different piece of meat from your other side when your dog seems to have lost interest in temptation.
Move nearer the temptation and repeat this process.
Ingrain the dog with simple commands. It might take a while before your dog knows something other than sitting, but it can be fun for your dog to alternate between commands easily while further entrenching the command. Alternate between lying down or sitting down, and while you play, come and train your puppy.
Consider yourself a muzzle. While some feel that a muzzle is inhumane, many trainers see it as an acceptable instrument for a suitable reason, much like a dog collar or a leash. If you have problems with your dog chasing chickens with the intention of killing or consuming them, a muzzle would make all of your animals safest training.
Gradually, introduce your dog to the chickens in the coop. If your dog is particularly excitable, you might want to keep him on a leash until your birds are calmer. Take him on your feeding duties with you to help him become even more familiar to the chickens and the chickens that are more accustomed to him.
Exercise simple orders, including the sit-stay compound. When entering the chicken coop to fetch your eggs, you might want to practise this, which has the added advantage of training your dog not to invade the chicken coop boundary.
Familiarize your dog with the smell of chicken. By wiping your chickens with a damp cloth and placing the cloth in your dog’s bed or pen, you can do this. Dogs have a good sense of smell, so when new, the scent of chickens may cause a strong reaction.
Teach your dog to break up fights with roosters. You can see your chickens and/or roosters battling when outside with your dog. This is not necessarily odd, but can leave out of service a valuable member of your egg laying team. Run towards the fighting animals with your dog on its lead and break up the scuffle. Practice one of your simple commands after you’ve ripped the birds apart, or, if you’ve learned your dog inside, use the secure command.
You will begin to teach him to run to help if he hears a chicken in trouble by teaching your dog what to do in the event of a chicken fight, and praising him for helping you break it up.
Boost your dog’s knowledge of chicken predators. Some wildlife predators already have a keen sense of your dog, but crows and chicken hawks can be just as threatening as a fox to younger birds and chicks. Shoot away crows or any other birds of prey along with your dog on his leash.
After you have scared away the birds effectively, thank your dog and feed him a treat. This will positively improve the actions of defending chickens against prey birds.
Offer your dog permission to patrol for raccoons. You should encourage your dog to patrol for creatures as your dog becomes more trustworthy and shows that he knows your commands and also your standards of how he should behave with your birds. He will run to the sound of a chicken in distress and help, thanks to your experience in how to break up a chicken war.
Give your dog exercise. If he is out of shape, you can’t trust your canine friend to hold the chickens in line. Go for daily walks, follow short, quick fire training sessions, and show your dog that he’s a favourite member of your pack.