Julia Winter wrote:I've learned that for most puppies there is a developmental stage reached at about 12 weeks whereby things that they live with/become accustomed to prior to 12 weeks are "in" the pack and things encountered for the first time after 12 weeks of age may never be. This particularly applies to fabulous prey items like chickens, fluffy squawking awkwardly running chew toys that they are. . .
If you can get a puppy 8-10 weeks of age of an appropriate mix (proper coat for the climate, reasonable size) then you have some time to show her (my best chicken guard was a female dog) who is part of the family and is not to be chomped. I would stay away from huskies, despite their appropriate coat for the climate. You'll have your best luck with a shepherd mix or collie mix, I'd guess.
Craig Dobbelyu wrote:
You can teach an old dog new tricks but you might not be able to stop them from chewing a few chicks.
Barry Fitzgerald wrote:I hope you are not expecting to get a puppy from a breeder that already knows what you expect it to do.
Do the next thing next. That’s a pretty good rule. Read the tiny ad, that’s a pretty good rule, too.
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