Eating Chickens

by Kaydin
(Crookston, Minnesota, USA)

My great pyrenees has eaten at least 30 chickens and ate one of our pet bunnies, we have tried tying a dead chicken around her neck but that didn't work and we also got her a shock collar we had been letting her out at night and letting out the chickens during the day but she has found ways to get the chickens....if you have an ideas

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Jul 27, 2015
Owner Behaviour
by: Donna

If your dog is young (under a year), and you just put him in with the chickens with no guardian training, this if your fault, not the dogs. You need to train him by taking him on leash with you and having him be introduced to the flock. This may take 3 weeks to 2 months. Never leave him alone with the flock until he understands his job.

Pen him up within the flock when you are not there so he comes to understand he is to guard them.

Why would you ever do something as horrendous as tying a dead chicken around the dog's neck when that is the very animal he is to guard? You are traumatizing your dog.

NEVER use a shock collar on this highly intelligent animal. You are causing him pain and confusing him. Try using a shock collar on yourself and find out the kind of pain you find yourself in. Is this really what you want to do to your dog?

I'm not sure why your dog would eat your pet bunny. It sounds like you have totally confused him. Are you feeding him regularly?

Please do your research on training your dog. NEVER use punishment or pain to train this dog. NEVER.

Here is a resource for you:

Please read it.

It could be your dog can never be a guardian of chickens at this point.

Jul 27, 2015
carnivorous K9
by: Anonymous

Its almost impossible to imagine how this all got started with your dog in the first place. Why is this dog with you at all? I get the impression that you feel that all this is her fault, by the punishment you've chosen to deal with this behaviour.

No surprise it didn't have any effect. And you may well have created a worse problem for yourself, and her relationship with you, in using the shock collar.

One of these days she will decide what to do, and none of this will have been her fault to begin with. She needs to be in a better environment and with people who understand these wonderful dogs. I hope you seriously consider this and that its not too late.

Jul 28, 2015
Eating Chickens
by: Donna

In discussing your issue with someone with more knowledge than me, it is too late to train the dog. He has already eaten too many chickens to change his way of thinking. And, the bunny.

I suggest you keep this dog as a companion dog or adopt him out (neutered him first if he isn't already) if you aren't able to keep him.

Any dog you get who hasn't been previously trained by either his mother or someone else, you need to train him with patience and time (positive reinforcement). Again, please read the link I gave you in my previous comment.

Never use a shock collar.

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