Premium Feather Member
- Aug 7, 2020
I'm glad the situation ended well.
Glad this all ended with your birds intact. And I gotta say - good job on your run security to stop a dog that is probing over and over for several days.
Glad that their vacation ended with your sanity and chickens safe.If she is true to her breed, she should be a great livestock guardian dog by nature.
[...] returning dog, getting smarter with each visit [...]
[...] a Laboratory Retriever [...]
Hate to break it to you, but most LGDs still need *training* to be bird-safe which this family doesn't sound like it has the inclination towards. Friends' LGD pups just took out most of their ~ dozen birds a couple weeks ago.
Once an animal gets the taste of blood it's ruined. RUINED period. The next time it could be a defenseless child. I'm 58 and when I was growing up dogs like this were taken care of. I was a city girl and went to visit my grandparents on their farm. So, I knew the difference then on how things were taken care of. Now a days, if a dog attacks a person the owners get a warning, if that. It would have been different back in the day. The dog would have been put down for the very reason of biting someone. It should still be the way it was back then. If I've offended anyone, well I own chickens, a dog (German Shepard) and a rescue cat. 6ft fence with gates. I still lock the chooks up at knight. Guess who protects them during the day.....She was trained properly and if you think it's the cat well it's not, she is too busy watching the chicks in the brooder.Once upon a time while we were on vacation, my animal caretaker found my pens destroyed, and most of my birds killed. The culprit, a black lab, was glad to see her. The dog had an ID on its collar. My caretaker called our animal control agent, and he came and seized the dog. Turns out it was the second time the dog had done this. He asked me to file a complaint so that the dog as a 'repeat offender' could be seized and rehomed.
A dog doing what is natural to them and killing a chicken or bird, doesn't mean theyre ruined. It means they cant be trusted around prey animals anymore.It often means the owner cant be trusted to train or maintain control of their animal.Once an animal gets the taste of blood it's ruined. RUINED period. The next time it could be a defenseless child. I'm 58 and when I was growing up dogs like this were taken care of.